- Announcements: New projects, legislative alerts, calls to participate, and more
- The Resource Zone: NCSET and other national resources, including publications, videos, pocket guides, and more.
- What's Happening: Upcoming NCSET and other national events.
- Get Wired!: Web sites and listservs.
- Funding Forecast: Federal and other grant opportunities, as well as funding resources.
The latest news and information from around the country.
States Moving Forward On ABLE Accounts
The recent federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act provides a way for people with disabilities to save without risking their government benefits, and now most states are working to make the new accounts available. The ABLE Act, signed late in 2014 by President Barack Obama, lets people with disabilities open special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without jeopardizing eligibility for Social Security and other government programs. Before the accounts can become available, however, states must put regulations in place. To date, lawmakers in more than half of states have taken steps to create the new savings vehicles, advocates say.
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Calls to Participate
2016 Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference Call for Proposals
The 2016 Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, February 15-18, 2016, and the conference is seeking submissions. Anyone wishing to present a paper, conduct a workshop, provide an informational session, or make a formal presentation is invited to submit a proposal. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2015.
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The Resource Zone
Other National Events
PACER Housing Resource and Information Fair
April 11, 2015
PACER Center will hold its annual Housing Resource and Information Fair, Saturday, April 11, 2015. It’s important for parents of children and young adults with disabilities to explore options for independent living and housing as early as possible. At the Information Fair, families can meet service providers and discuss housing options, services, and supports. State and county representatives, and resource and referral organizations, will be available to answer questions. E-mail email@example.com for more information or call 952-838-9000.
PACER Taking the Next Steps: Preparing for Success in Postsecondary Education Workshop
April 29, 2015
PACER will hold a workshop, “Taking the Next Steps: Preparing for Success in Postsecondary Education,” Wednesday, April 29, 2015. An increasing number of youth with disabilities are choosing to continue their education after high school. This free workshop for parents of youth will provide information on how to help youth prepare for success in college, understand the value of postsecondary education, and access needed supports. The workshop will be held at PACER Center and also be available via Livestream.
AAIDD Making a Difference Through Research, Practice, and Policy
June 1, 2015 - June 4, 2015
The 2015 American Association on Intellectual and Development Disabilities (AAIDD) will hold its annual conference, “Making a Difference Through Research, Practice, and Policy,” will be held June 1-4, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference offers four blocks of concurrent sessions featuring information on the outcomes of more than 100 projects, programs, and research studies. The deadline to make hotel reservations at the preferred rate is May 1, 2015.
Think College Northeast Regional Capacity Building Institute
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Capacity Building Institute
June 15, 2015 - June 16, 2015
Think College will hold a Northeast Regional Capacity Building Institute event June 15-16, 2015. It will focus on offering strategies and resources to support the growth and development of inclusive postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities. Presentations will be offered in strands: Program Development, Employment Outcomes, Inclusive Academics, and Policy/Legislation/Research. The event will be keynoted by Dan Habib, award-winning film-maker of “Including Samuel” and other films focused on inclusion of students with disabilities in all aspects of education and community.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2014-2015
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the U.S. Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for fiscal year 2014-2015 and provides actual or estimated deadlines for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts organized according to the Department’s principal program offices and include programs and competitions previously announced as well as those to be announced at a later date.
FY 2015 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.
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Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2013 Class Project Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program, now administered through Voya FinancialTM, annually recognizes K-12 educators in the United States for innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Educators are invited to submit grant applications describing class projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive awards of $2,000 each to help fund innovative class projects. At least one award is granted in each of the fifty United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Three of the 100 finalists will be selected for additional financial awards. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Previous recipients of ING Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award. Deadline: April 30, 2015.
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