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NTAC e.News — April 15, 2007
Asian/Pacific Islander Words of Wisdom
Lak bom ua chad era Ngerchemai el miltom ra uel el metom ra mlai.
NEW! New NTAC-AAPI Product
James David Brightman, NTAC-AAPI Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator, has written another “Promising Practices Brief.” This fifth issue in a series of five illustrates networking as a promising practice for rehabilitation counselors who serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities. To read all five issues in the series—“Bilingual Support,” “Coordination of Services,” “Hiring Diverse Providers,” “Cultural Brokering,” and “Networking”—please go to the following Web site: http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu/products/briefs/. Scroll down to “Promising Practice Briefs, Volume 7.” You can reach James Brightman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements: National and International
Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy—Speeches Update
Read Assistant Secretary Grizzard’s speech to the Hawaii Department of Health Adult Mental Health Division’s 4th Annual Best Practices Conference. https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=SPEECHES&p_id=1062
Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Olympic Legacy
National Public Radio, April 5, 2007. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was featured on National Public Radio’s newsmagazine Morning Edition. The piece, by Correspondent Joseph Shapiro, notes her significant role in changing negative attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities and that it’s a cause she continues to fight for, every day. Listen and read a short excerpt at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9136962 .
Renaming of Mental Retardation: Understanding the Change to the Term Intellectual Disability
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD-formerly AAMR) has offered a definition for the term “intellectual disability.” The group of AAIDD experts responsible for defining the condition of intellectual disability to the world now explains the move away from the word “mental retardation” to the term intellectual disability in an article published in the April issue of the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The article cites the new definition for intellectual disability and the assumptions on which it is based, although the official 11th edition of the AAIDD definition Manual is expected to be published in the year 2009. http://www.aaidd.org/Reading_Room/pdf/renamingMRIDDApril2007.pdf
Secretary Spellings Announces New Regulations to More Accurately Assess Students with Disabilities
US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced new regulations under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) allowing states to test certain students with disabilities using an alternate assessment that more appropriately aligns with students’ needs and yields more meaningful results for schools and parents. The new regulations provide states and schools with greater flexibility by allowing them to more accurately evaluate these students’ academic progress and tailor instruction based on individual needs. The Press Release, Regulations, Guidance, and Fact Sheet are available at www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/secletter/051214.html
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes—The Barron Prize
Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2007
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Adolescent Literacy Resources: An Annotated Bibliography
This array of research summaries and policy documents on reading and reading comprehension for students in grades 4-12, while not exhaustive, includes discussions of all the current important research issues in adolescent literacy and the development of state- and district-level policies to support improvements in adolescent literacy outcomes. This is a companion piece to the recently released Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents: A Guidance Document from the Center on Instruction. For more information, and to get more details and access these resource materials go to the Center on Instruction Web site: http://www.centeroninstruction.org/resources.cfm?category=reading&subcategory=materials&grade_start=4&grade_end=12#99.
National Family Caregiving Awards Program—MetLife Foundation
Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2007; Up to 6 awards of $25,000.
Domestic Grantmaking Program—Mattel
Application Deadline: June 15, 2007; Award Ceiling: $20,000.
National Group Respite Program Awards—Brookdale Foundation
Up to 15 awards of $10,500. The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals for starting social model group respite programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers. The Foundation will award up to 15 seed grants for the development of dementia-specific group respite programs. http://www.brookdalefoundation.org/respiteprogram.htm
Institutes / Conferences
For a complete list of conferences, please visit the Conferences section of our Web site.
National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (NAAPAE)
The National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (NAAPAE) is holding its 29th Annual Conference in Hawaii on April 20-21, 2007. With a conference theme entitled, “Pacific Pathways: Engage, Educate, Enlighten”, presenters may focus on social, cultural, and educational issues; leadership development; and outreach.
Please consider submitting a proposal to this noteworthy conference. Proposals submitted electronically or via CD by January 10, 2007 will receive priority for selection. Submit proposals to email@example.com.
(PSY 0621m) Advocacy Skills and Documenting Disability: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals
April 21, 2006: San Francisco, CA
Collaborative Grants in Media and Communications—Social Science Research Council
Application Deadline: April 22, 2007 (LOI); Award Ceiling: $30,000.
Charting the Future In Developmental and Learning Disabilities
YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network will hold its 28th Annual International Conference: “Charting the Future In Developmental and Learning Disabilities” on April 30 - May 4, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan Hotel, 1605 Broadway, in New York City. For more information, contact Tina Sobel, Senior Manager of YAI/NIPD’s Professional Information Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-273-6457 or visit http://www.yai.org/.
The Autism Society of America and APSE: The Network on Employment Conference & Training Event, May 10 and 11, 2007, Columbus, OH, Hyatt on Capital Square. APSE and the Autism Society of America invite sponsors and exhibitors to participate. For more information, contact: Teresa Grossi (email@example.com) or Cathy Pratt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 812.855.6508.
World Health Organization's North American Collaborating Center for the ICF (the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health)
The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) will be hosting the conference of the World Health Organization's North American Collaborating Center for the ICF (the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health) in Niagara Falls, June 5-7, 2007.
The conference theme, Sharing Knowledge Through the ICF, points to the role of the ICF in making it possible for us to communicate about disability across countries, cultures, languages, and professions. The conference will be useful to persons who are new to the ICF as well as those who have long been involved in its development and application.
Complete information and the Call for Papers are at http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/icf/conference/index.html
Instructional Courses: June 15-16, 2007; Conference Workshop: June 17-19, 2007
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health: Summer Institute in Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development
June 24-29, 2007: Bolger Center, Potomac, Maryland
18th Annual National APSE Conference
The 18th Annual National APSE Conference will take place from July 16-18, 2007 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year’s conference challenges you to join in shaping the future of supported employment! Register Online for the APSE Conference
National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam 2007 A STEM Leadership Academy
July 30 - August 4, 2007: Baltimore, MD
What: This four-day academy will engage and inspire the next generation of blind youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible for the blind. While staying at Johns Hopkins University, students will be mentored by blind role models during fun and challenging activities meant to build confidence and increase science literacy.
Cost: There is no cost to apply for the program. Students who apply and are accepted to the Youth Slam will be expected to pay a $200 registration fee by May 31, 2007.
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Research / Publications
New ADA Accessibility Guidelines Side-by-Side Comparison
This document provides a comparison between the updated ADA Accessibility Guidelines, the original ADA Standards, and the International Building Code (2003 edition). The comparison is ordered according to the format and sequence of the new ADA Accessibility Guidelines. The full report is also available in PDF and can be downloaded as a zipped Word file visit this page for links to each.
International Center for Disability Information: Disability Statistics
Disability data tables containing statistics on a variety of topics, including employment and education can be found here: http://www.icdi.wvu.edu/disability/pages/US_Contents.htm.
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