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NFB 2014 Scholarship Program
Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers thirty scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year of college in the fall semester of 2014, up through graduate students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2014 NFB National Convention in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with blind people active in many different professions and occupations. Applications are accepted from November 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. Go to www.nfb.org/scholarships for complete rules and requirements.
National Center for Blind Youth in Science Recently Funded by a Grant from the National Science Foundation
The NFB recently received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop, implement, and evaluate the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS), a three-year, full-scale development project to increase informal learning opportunities for blind youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).The NFB will collaborate with six science centers from across the country and the affiliates in which those science centers reside to conduct two-day, multi-age, regional STEM programs for blind youth, parents of blind children, and teachers. Additionally, the NFB and museum personnel will collaborate to improve the accessibility of exhibits and programming at each of the museum sites so that blind patrons may be afforded the same learning opportunities as sighted patrons. We are excited about this opportunity to expand our work in informal STEM education to include the museum and science center settings. Talented professionals from across the country will come together to facilitate the programming that comprises the NCBYS initiative. Senior team members include: Mark Riccobono, principal investigator; Christine Reich, co-principal investigator; Natalie Shaheen, project director; Dr. Tiffany Wild, researcher; and Dr. Joe Heimlich, evaluator. It will undoubtedly be an exciting three years of growth in learning opportunities for the blind in STEM. To learn more about the project and to stay up-to-date, visit the project Web page and follow @NFBScience on Twitter.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1322855. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Recognition for Disability Rights Work
Patricia A. Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, has been honored by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities for leading efforts to improve employment opportunities for workers with disabilities. During AUCD’s annual conference on Nov.19 in Washington, D.C., Shiu received its Special Recognition Award to acknowledge her disability rights advocacy and the publication of a final rule establishing national disability employment goals for federal contractors and subcontractors. “It has been one of the great privileges of my life to have been in a position to help reach this milestone,” she said. Shiu delivered remarks at the conference’s closing session, where she reiterated the department’s commitment to protecting the rights of workers and job seekers.
Introducing The ADA Project Website
The website is designed to provide you with news, updates, scheduled events, and information about our partners who are preserving disability history, celebrating its milestones, and educating the public and future generations of advocates.
As you will see, the website is designed to be filled with content written by YOU: stories, events, articles, etc. As you have things you want to share, feel free to forward it to us. The success of this website – and The ADA Legacy Project – depends upon you.
This is Phase 1 of the website. As we raise additional funding, we will begin Phase 2, which will include more features to keep you connected to related activities and events across the country.
Our thanks goes to:
Amerigroup Foundation for their financial support
Dan Wilkins for volunteering his graphic design skills
Marsha Schwanke for volunteering her knowledge of accessible web design
Anil Lewis and the National Federation for the Blind for volunteering their assessment of our accessible web design
Jean Bergey and Gallaudet University for volunteering to create our sign-language WELCOME video: http://adalegacy.com/about-us/welcome
Kelly Buckland and the National Council on Independent Living for their assistance
Tim Wheat for volunteering his web design knowledge
ClikFocus for building a beautiful, high-functioning, accessible, website
We look forward to hearing your feedback.
Students Become Caregivers For Roommate With Special Needs
December 2, 2013
A college student who needs help with everything from showering to dressing and even getting out of bed is receiving all that and more from a group of devoted friends turned roommates.
Cesar Ibanez, 28, has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic condition that leaves his muscles weak. Despite being told that he wouldn’t make it to adulthood, Ibanez is now a biology major at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho with dreams of one day treating his own condition.
During his first semester of college, Ibanez lived at an assisted-living facility. But after bonding with a group of six other guys who tell the (Idaho Falls, Idaho) Post Register that he’s routinely one of the funniest people in the room, Ibanez’ friends convinced him to move in with them.
None of the men had any caregiving experience and Ibanez’ roommates admit that it was an adjustment at first taking on the role full-time and without pay.
“I was nervous about this and how I’d ever have enough time … knowing just a fraction of the responsibilities we’d have if Cesar moved in,” roommate Trevor Rubio told the newspaper. “It really was an act of faith.”
Resources from REFERENCE POINTS – an activity of TATRA, a project of PACER Center
Transitions Research and Training Center’s Voices4Hope Launches Webpages on Eating Disorders, Young Adult Parenting, and Bullying
Voices4Hope is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information that can help them lead happy and independent lives. This website was created and is maintained by four young adults with mental health conditions at the Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC). Voices4Hope has launched three webpages on eating disorders, young adult parenting, and bullying. These pages offer young adults information about conditions or circumstances that can affect them, recovery stories to read, and resources to help them make the best of their lives.
Peer Advocacy Guide Helps Teens Protect Others Targeted by Bullying
Most teens don’t like to see bullying, especially of students with disabilities, but they may not know what to do when it happens. Peer advocacy is an effective approach that enables students to speak out on behalf of others, and protect those targeted by bullying. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has developed a Peer Advocacy Guide that offers a variety of intervention strategies that can be tailored for specific bullying situations. The 32-page booklet explores how to address bullying of students with disabilities by engaging, educating, and empowering their peers with advocacy skills.
REFERENCE POINTS is administered by PACER Center as a technical assistance activity of the TATRA Project. The TATRA Project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.
APSE 2014 Call For Proposals
About the Conference
APSE’s 25th annual conference will be held in Long Beach, California on July 1-3, 2014, with a pre-conference day on June 30. We are looking for conference presentations that are innovative and expand state-of-the-art practices to advance our field. The APSE conference focuses exclusively on integrated employment of individuals with disabilities and is the premier event for sharing knowledge, expertise and ideas on the latest and best innovations to make employment a reality for all. The National APSE Conference provides education and networking opportunities for individuals with disabilities, families, rehabilitation and employment professionals, transition teachers, employers, policymakers, educators, and anyone interested in advancing Employment First!
Conference Session Formats
APSE is making significant changes in the conference structure to diversify both content and session structures, and to significantly reduce the predominance of sessions that use the format of lectures with PowerPoint. Please carefully review the options for session presentation below. APSE is strongly encouraging presentations that are innovative in both content and presentation format, and use an array of methods for sharing information and promoting learning.
Este año también estamos animando a la presentación de propuestas en Español!
This year we are also encouraging the submission of proposals in Spanish!
Symposium (60 minutes): One or more presenters sharing their expertise in a lecture format, with time for audience questions. These sessions should allow 20 minutes to provide research findings or overview of a model, 20 minutes to discuss practical applications, and 20 minutes for participant discussion. Information should be presented in ways that are understandable and applicable for participants and allows them to engage in a discussion about the implications of your findings or model. Proposals must include a content outline, learning objectives and interactive exercises.
Workshop (75 minutes): One or more presenters on a topic leading a session that uses audience participation and activities as the primary mechanism for sharing information and learning; may use interactive exercise and similar techniques. Workshops provide participants an opportunity to engage the presenters and each other in learning about the session topic and how to apply it in their own work. Workshops should begin with a brief framing of an issue, theory, model, or process and include data, practical examples, and evidence that you and the participants can then use to examine and discuss the topic. We encourage moderated panel discussions where the moderator poses questions to the panel and audience members. Proposals must include a content outline, learning objectives and interactive exercises.
APSE Talk (10-12 minutes): APSE talks follow the model of the TED Talk (www.ted.com) – the slogan for TED Talks is “Ideas Worth Spreading”. APSE Talks are intended to be concise, well-prepared, light on presentation slides (from no slides to no more than 3-4 slides), and delivered with “style”. The goal is to deliver one idea, clearly and persuasively. Four 10 to 12 minute “APSE Talks” will be grouped into one-hour sessions with a moderator. “ASPE Talks” will be video-taped and posted on the APSE website. This is a new feature – help us make this experiment work!
Poster Session: One or more individuals sharing best practices in a manner that fosters interaction with the audience in an exhibit area. Presenters have a visual/graphic display that conveys the information being shared. Poster sessions will be held on the first night of the conference (July 1st) during the reception. We encourage attendees, university students, and APSE Chapter Board members to present on research and state-of-the-art practices happening in your state! This is a great opportunity to share with others!
Preconference Seminar: Preconference seminars offer a broader, more in-depth view of a topic area, including a variety of professional viewpoints, areas, and/or levels. Presenters are encouraged to design presentations that promote attendee participation and impart skills and state-of-the-art practices that can be easily applied. Each preconference session is offered in three-hour time blocks on Monday June 30th. There are only six (6) preconference seminars offered. Proposals must include a content outline, learning objectives and interactive exercises.
NOTE: We strongly encourage the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, family members, employers and other stakeholders in presentations. Inclusion of diverse cultural perspectives and international perspectives are also encouraged.