July 2004 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
Calls to Participate
Testimony on Federal Disability and Rehabilitation Research Requested
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The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) is seeking input on research needs from the disability community. There will be public meetings to receive testimony and written comments on the federal disability and rehabilitation research agenda held on July 20, 2004, in San Francisco, and on July 22, 2004 in Washington, DC. Comments on a wide range of topics, including employment, community life, education, technology, and health are welcome. Individuals and organizations are also encouraged to comment on how existing federal research programs are responding to the changing needs of people with disabilities.
The Resource Zone
“My Future My Plan” Preview Materials
Preview materials are now available for the popular transition curriculum My Future My Plan, developed by State of the Art, Inc. in collaboration with NCSET. My Future My Plan is a curriculum designed to motivate and guide students as they begin early transition planning for life after high school. Preview materials available include video clips, tables of contents from the workbook and parent/teacher guide, the complete video discussion guide, and sample chapters from the workbook and parent/teacher guide.
Announcing Spanish Edition of My Future My Plan
The popular transition curriculum My Future My Plan, developed by State of
the Art, Inc. in collaboration with NCSET, is now available in Spanish. My
Future My Plan is a curriculum designed to motivate and guide students as
they begin early transition planning for life after high school. The
curriculum package which may be used in home, school, and community
settings includes a videotape and discussion guide, a workbook for
students, and a guide for family members and teachers. To order, contact the
Institute on Community Integration Publications Office at 612-624-4512 or
High School Diplomas for Youth with Disabilities: Options and Alternate Routes
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
The transcript from our April 27 teleconference, "High School Diplomas for
Youth with Disabilities: Options and Alternate Routes," is now available
online. This teleconference highlighted findings from a national study on
Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities and
presented findings from a recent study of alternate routes for obtaining
standard diplomas in states with graduation exams. Presenters were Martha
Thurlow and Jane Krentz of the National Center on Educational Outcomes
Issues of Transition and Postsecondary Participation for Individuals with Hidden Disabilities
NCSET Institute Proceeding
This Capacity Building Institute (CBI), held March 31-April 1, 2004 in Honolulu, HI, explored issues related to the transition and postsecondary participation of youth with "hidden" disabilities such as learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, psychiatric disabilities, emotional disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other disabilities that cannot be “seen.” NCSET CBIs bring policymakers, educators, individuals with disabilities and their families, and researchers together for a fun and invigorating workshop; these proceedings contain a complete account of the activities. This event was presented by NCSET and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports.
The New IDEA: Critical Challenges Affecting States, Schools, and Families
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Congress has been working on the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for the past two years. Major proposed changes focus on (1) preserving student and parent rights; (2) shifting from a focus on procedural compliance to a focus on student outcomes; (3) decreasing paperwork; (4) identifying the right students at the right time; (5) improving transitional services; (6) simplifying the discipline procedures; (7) providing flexibility around the development of IEPs; and (8) providing adequate federal funding. This teleconference, held May 25, 2004, provided an overview of some of the proposed changes to IDEA and a report on the status of the reauthorization.
Other National Resources
Building Careers in Design
Building Careers in Design is an online project which provides distance
learning and Web resources about career development in the design
professions to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in
the design professions in order to strengthen the practice of universal
design and create more inclusive communities. Building Careers in Design is
a technical assistance project for vocational rehabilitation counselors
funded by a contract with the RSA National Vocational Rehabilitation
Technical Assistance Center.
Moving on to High School: A Tip Sheet for Parents of Children on Individualized Education Plans
Even though families don't have much influence over how schools structure
courses, there are things they can do to make the most of what their schools
have to offer. This tip sheet is based on the experiences of students with
disabilities in public schools age 14-17, and their families. All the
students had Individualized Education Plans, and all were moving on from the
middle school grades to high school (9th grade).
Reports on Middle School Math Curricula and Peer-Assisted Learning Interventions Released
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is pleased to announce the release of the first wave of study reports: reports on middle-school math curricula and on Peer-Assisted Learning interventions.
Secondary Transition Coordinators at the State Level
This issue of the Quick Turn Around (QTA) Newsletter from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) summarizes information from 41 states on the roles and responsibilities of state-level personnel who address issues related to secondary transition.
Student Access to Division
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The Access Center has released a new information brief, Student Access to Division. Aimed at teachers, administrators, and professional development providers, it presents an alternative method to learning division for students with disabilities. Specifically, it explains how students can build upon the basic concepts of partitioning and measurement (instead of relying on multiplication) to master division. The Access Center is a national technical assistance (TA) center funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.
Access to the General Education Curriculum: Research-Based Interventions for High School Students with Disabilities
August 17, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Central)
This teleconference will discuss findings of the Institute for Academic Access (IAA), a research institute designed to develop and field-test interventions for high school students with disabilities to ensure their success in the general education curriculum. The presenter, Jean Schumaker of IAA, will briefly review the results of a descriptive study of nine high schools and the educational experience of students with disabilities at those schools. She will also present the philosophy behind and components of an intervention model that is currently being tested in high schools, and research results associated with those components and the model as a whole. To participate in this teleconference, dial 1-703-639-1160 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the “NCSET Teleconference Call” if asked by the operator.
Promising Practices in Supporting Student Development of Self-Determination Skills
August 19, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central)
This teleconference will describe large-scale implementation of self-determination in the state of Florida. Youth with disabilities, teachers, administrators, and parents will share (a) strategies for supporting students’ development of self-determination skills, (b) strategies for including parents/families in the self-determination process, (c) information on how self-determination is reconciled with standards-based reform, and (d) information on how self-determination changes the lives of youth with disabilities. To participate in this teleconference, dial 1-703-639-1178 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the “NCSET Teleconference Call” if asked by the operator.
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ABLEDATA: Your Source for Assistive Technology Information
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ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the U.S.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
Dell Announces Computer Recycling Grant Program
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Dell, Inc. is offering $220,000 in grant money to support computer recycling events during fall 2004. The Dell Recycling Grant Program will provide financial support to communities interested in staging a one-day, no-charge computer collection event. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of responsible disposal options for unwanted computer equipment, to keep computers and related equipment out of landfills, and to empower communities with a model and the experience for staging collection events. Dell will award $10,000 grants to select state, provincial, and local governments; universities; and other nonprofit groups. Grant recipients will receive technical assistance from the National Recycling Coalition. Application deadline: July 30, 2004.
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