December 11, 2012 | Issue 39  

VSA Young Soloists Competition
Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Kennedy Center invites entries from musicians ages 14 to 25, with a disability, for the 2013 International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to: international and domestic applicants; individuals and ensembles of two to five members; and musicians of all genres. Winning musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Guidelines, application, and more information available at:
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California Arts and Technical Assistance Mini-Grants
Deadline: Rolling Application Process
The purpose of the California Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Program is to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts by people with disabilities. This is done through small, but critical grants of $500 or $1000 to artists with disabilities and arts organizations. Grants for artists with disabilities are intended to support those who are committed to advancing their work and their careers. Applications are encouraged from artists in all artistic disciplines.  Funds are available effective August 2012 - May, 2013. 

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iPad Adaptations in Minutes -WEBINAR
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PM Pacific Time
Speaker: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., ATP, directs the NH Statewide Assistive Technology Program (ATinNH) with the Institute on Disability
While the iPad is promoted as a universally-designed tool, individuals with various disabilities often benefit from the added support of adaptations. This webinar will demonstrate over 30 ways an iPad can be adapted in five minutes or less using everyday materials. Participants will learn to mount an iPad so the camera can be stabilized and used as a video presenter, presentation, lecture, or capture tool; adapt a stylus or use innovative input methods; create tactile graphics for iPad apps; attach an iPad to a wheelchair, bed, crib, chair, or a person; recess an iPad into a table or tray; and learn creative ways to protect an iPad.

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Show Off Your AT
Due Date: Friday, January 18, 2013
Prizes: $75 - $400
The purpose of the contest is to showcase the creative ways people with disabilities use assistive technology in their daily lives. Many people with disabilities use assistive technologies to accomplish tasks they otherwise could not. Sometimes they modify a commercial device or improvise their own device to meet a specific need. By sharing your ideas and the solutions you created, you can motivate and inspire others who are looking for solutions of their own.
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Transitions to Adulthood: Issues of Cultural and Social Capital
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific Time
Speaker: Dr. Audrey Trainor, Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
One enduring challenge in the US system of education has been to prepare youth with disabilities for life beyond the classroom. While research and practice in transition education has made great strides in improving postsecondary outcomes for youth with disabilities, we still struggle to address the needs of youth with disabilities who are also from historically marginalized groups. Research demonstrates that cultural and social capital are important levers in both transition education and the pursuit of equity across diverse groups of people. In this presentation, specific types of cultural and social capital relevant to special education are identified. Next, their potential to impact positive post school outcomes is explained. Finally, the implications for research and practice that take into consideration culture and diversity as complex, interactional variables are discussed.

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What Makes Employment Specialists Excel?
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM Pacific Time
Join TransCen for a free webinar on the characteristics of employment specialists and their implications for successful transition to paid jobs for transition-age youth. For more information or to register, visit the site.

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Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities
The Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities researches and spotlights strategies that produce optimal employment outcomes. The new website highlights research findings, as well as related products, tools, and publications. It provides up-to-date, evidence-based information for educators, rehabilitation professionals, youth with disabilities and their families, advocates, researchers, and policy makers.
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