December 4, 2013 | Issue 76

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2014 Paul G. Hearne AAPD Leadership Awards
Deadline: December 6, 2013
This year, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) will once again recognize outstanding individuals personifying leadership, advocacy, and dedication to and for the disability community at large. Two individuals, emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement will each receive a cash award in order to help them continue their progress as leaders and further connect their work with the national grassroots of AAPD. The recipients of the 2014 Hearne Leadership Awards will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC in March 2014. U.S. residents with any type of disability are eligible to apply. Self-nominations are preferred.
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ART in Embassies Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the ART In Embassies Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by U.S. citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide. Information regarding artwork submission is on their website.
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Be an Artist-In-Residence at the National Park Service
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, CA

Deadline: Ongoing
These programs provide artists with unique opportunities to create works of art in varied natural and cultural settings. There are programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically 2-4 weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public. Each park has its own application process and timeline.
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VSA Playwright Discovery Competition
Deadline: April 28, 2014
Middle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience—in their own life, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters—through the art of scriptwriting. Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a one-act script for stage or screen. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students.
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Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary Teachers
The University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), in collaboration with the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA), has released “Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers.” This resource is a multimedia manual and hands-on resource that provides strategies for secondary educators who serve students on the autism spectrum. It provides research-based practices that enhance the learning opportunities for secondary students with ASD.
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Employer Resource Guide from the Disability and Employment Community of Practice
This guide was developed to provide both public and private employers, human resource personnel, hiring managers and supervisors with relevant federal, state, and local level information around their legal obligations as well as resources that can assist in identifying, paying for, and implementing effective accommodation strategies in hiring and/or retaining qualified employees who experience a disability. The Disability and Employment Community of Practice is an online learning destination for public workforce system staff and partners, jobseekers, community-based organizations, grantees, and the business sector who provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment. It is a “one-stop-shop” venue for workforce practitioners to find or share high quality information about how to better provide integrated, seamless, and accessible services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment.
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"The Discovery of Intervention Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for High Risk Youth with Disabilities: A Secondary Analysis of the NLTS2" Webinar
2-Part Webinar Dates: January 22 and January 29, 2014; 10-11amPT
The Center on Transition to Employment invites you to a 2-part informational webinar on a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2). The first part of this research discusses a data mining strategy used to identify groups of youth who are at-risk of lower employment based on their non-modifiable characteristics. Four groups of youth who were considered particularly at-risk were identified, with the ability to understand what is being said and disability type being the most important group predictors. The second part of this research focuses on finding modifiable characteristics that are important predictors of employment for each of these groups. This is a free webinar.

January 22 registration here.
January 29 registration here.


Disability Employment Discussion Guide Now Available
The Campaign for Disability Employment has released a new discussion guide to accompany its “Because” public service announcement (PSA). The “Because” PSA has a simple but important message—that youth with disabilities, like all youth, should grow up expecting to work and succeed. Parents, teachers and other adults in their lives should reinforce this expectation as often as possible.
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2013 TASH Conference: A Movement United
Dates: December 11-14, 2013
Location: Hilton Chicago; Chicago, IL

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2014 Disability Policy Seminar
Dates: April 7-9, 2014
Location: Grand Hyatt Washington; Washington DC

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Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
Dates: May 19-20, 2014
Location: Honolulu, HI
Call for Proposals Deadline: January 31, 2014
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AAIDD Annual Meeting: "Embracing Complexity: Inclusion, Participation, and Citizenship"
Dates: June 23-26, 2014
Location: Orlando, FL
Call for Proposals Deadline: December 6, 2013
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APSE Annual National Conference: "Livin' the Dream...Building the Future for Employment First!"
Dates: July 1-3, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency; Long Beach, CA
Call for Proposals Deadline: January 15, 2014
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