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Title:AHEAD 2009 Global Access: Opening a World of Opportunity
Description: July 20 – 25, 2009
Louisville, Kentucky
The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is holding its 32nd conference in Louisville Kentucky, July 20 – 25, 2009. AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
Full conference registration materials will be available in March, 2009.
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Title:2009 Building on Family Strengths Conference
Description: Proposals for the 2009 Building on Family Strengths Conference are now being accepted. This conference will be held on June 23-25, 2009 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon.
This year’s conference will feature the latest developments in two areas:
–Youth empowerment and participation in designing, delivering, and evaluating services, supports, and systems
–Wraparound: practice, supervision, fidelity measurement, outcome studies, system support, and more
And, as always, the conference will include presentations on recent developments and innovations in the fields of family support and children’s mental health.
Submit your proposal online at by January 30, 2009!
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Title:Introduction to Travel Training Course
Description: 2009 Dates and Cities
Apply before deadlines indicated; space is limited.
April 28-30, Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas.
Applications due: Feb. 27 (Applicants will be notified of their selection by March 6)
June 22-24, Hyatt Regency Sacramento at Capitol Park, Sacramento, Calif.
Applications due: May 1 (Applicants will be notified of their selection May 8)
August 11-13, Sheraton Suites on the Hudson, Weehawken, N.J.
Applications due: June 12. (Applicants will be notified of their selection June 19)
About the course
Easter Seals Project ACTION’s Introduction to Travel Training course is a free training initiative to increase the skills, knowledge and abilities of travel training professionals.
Training people to use public transportation is a challenging but rewarding career. As professionals in an emerging field, many travel trainers do not have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences or to learn together with colleagues. Whether a school or organization provides general information or intensive, route- specific, individualized coaching, there are precise methods of instruction that skilled travel trainers use to promote travel skills, skills retention and safety. In response, ESPA presents an Introduction to Travel Training, a course offering travel trainers basic information needed to expand their own skills and enhance the services of their school or organization.
Introduction to Travel Training is an intensive three-day course with classroom and field instruction. A limited enrollment and high trainer-to-participant ratio offers an environment where travel trainers will acquire knowledge in the classroom and directly apply and practice new skills on the street, obtaining constructive feedback from trainers and colleagues. Travel trainers will receive a toolkit packed with useful resources ready to use when they return to work.
How do I apply?
Identify the date/location of interest to you and complete and submit the online application. Applicants will be notified of acceptance six weeks prior to the event date. Applications must be filled out completely and returned online; faxed applications are not accepted. Applicants will be notified of acceptance soon after the announced deadline.
For more information
Please contact ESPA with your questions:
Application process: Stan Tibbs,
Training content: Kristi Ross,
Stan and Kristi are both available at 800-659-6428 or 202-347-3066.
Click on the above link for more information.
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Title:2009 NLCDD Leadership Institute
Description: 2009 National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities (NLCDD)Leadership Institute to be held at The University of Delaware; July 12-17, 2009
This week-long, intensive leadership development program is designed for current executive-level leaders and emerging leaders. Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
The focus of the Leadership Institute is on assessing and strengthening leadership skills, setting organizational direction, and understanding the future of the developmental disabilities field. Institute participants will come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the skills and values critical for quality, individualized supports.
Participants will learn the skills needed to:
Succeed in leadership challenges unique to the developmental disabilities field today;
Manage and sustain person-centered, values-based transformational change;
Build and sustain positive organizational culture at all levels;
Challenge the status quo through risk-taking; and,
Set and achieve ambitious goals for yourself and your organization.
A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the week-long experience. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the field.
Apply online by clicking on the link above.
Applications are due by April 24, 2009.
For Questions e-mail Nancy Weiss at:, or call Mary Thomas: 302-831-2940.
Information provided by The Arc of the United States.
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Title:2009 National ADA Symposium: Revitalizing the ADA
Description: June 8-10, Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, MO
The National ADA Symposium is concerned with the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability laws.
This three day event offers an extensive session schedule on a variety of topics as well as two Professional Development Programs, one for ADA Coordinators and another for those involved in accessible design. Presenters for the 2009 ADA Symposium include representatives from the key federal agencies involved in implementing the ADA such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Access Board, and the EEOC.
A highlight of the 2009 Symposium is a Keynote Luncheon featuring United States Senator, Tom Harkin as the Keynote Speaker. Senator Harkin was the leading sponsor of both the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the 2008 ADA Amendments Act.
For more information and registration, click on the link above.
The National ADA Symposium is sponsored by the DBTAC-Network of ADA Centers, a project of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
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Title:11th Annual Autism Summer Institute
Description: The Annual Autism Summer Institute’s goal is to provide strength-based perspectives about students with Autism Spectrum Differences to improve the quality of education in inclusive settings.
The Conference will be held August 10-13, 2009 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Ari Ne’eman, from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, will be one of the keynote speakers.
Click on the above like for more information (this will open a PDF document).
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Title:AAID Leadership Meeting and Open Membership Forum
Description: The American Association on Intelectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) will hold its Leadership Meeting and Annual Open Membership Forum on Tuesday, June 9th at their convention in New Orleans. This meeting will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel from 10:00 am to Noon and in the afternoon from 1:15 – 5:00 pm.
The theme of the New Orleans Convention is Creating Enviable Lives: The Business Plan and includes interactive cafes, roundtables, panel presentations, interactive posters, and plenary sessions. Major topics include: Emergency Preparedness; Employment; Leadership; Supports; Managing Agencies; and Succession Planning. Additionally, there are many presentations that deal with health, aging, technology, behavior, education, families, and a host of other issues. The conference program will be posted shortly. Visit for more information. Information provided by Monday Morning in Washington, D.C. (The Arc of the United States).
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Title:Webinar: Understanding the Air Carrier Access Act
Description: Date: Thursday, June 25th
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (EDT)
Hosted by the Association of Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR) and the DBTACs (National Network of ADA Centers).
The purpose of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) of 1986 (49 U.S.C. 41705) provides that no air carrier may discriminate against any otherwise qualified individual with a disability, by reason of such disability, in the provision of air transportation. ACAA prohibits domestic air carriers from discriminating against persons with disabilities in the provision of air transport. The law states that persons with disabilities will have access to all services, goods and information that they provide to any other passenger as part of their normal operating practices and forbids air carriers from treating passengers with disabilities any differently than other passengers except in making the necessary accommodations.
Learn from industry experts about the following aspects of the law:
Airport Accessibility
Aircraft Accessibility and Wheelchair Issues
Requirements Concerning Services
Accommodations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Attendants and Service Animals
Cost: AAPR is charging a registration fee and all registrations are handled by their office (on-line registration). AAPR members can register for FREE. Non-members can register for only $49.95; however, non-members can join APPR for only $10.00 and thereby avoid the registration fee and save $39.95.
Accessibility: The program will be fully accessible using the On-Line Conferencing Tool and real-time captioning. Instructions for accessing the program will be sent to individuals once they are registered.
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Title:Community Team Scholarships – Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities
Description: The deadline has been extended for Community Team Scholarships – Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities.
Scholarship applications for community teams to participate in the Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilitiesevent planned for September 30 – October 2, 2009 in Denver, Colorado has been extended to July 1, 2009.
Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available as reimbursable funds for conference registration, travel, lodging, and food. Minimum composition of teams includes representatives from victim services, disability services, and law enforcement. However, also including practitioners from other areas is strongly encouraged. The event web page offers some guidance on how to form a community team with the document Developing Community Teams.
Click on the above link for more information and an application form or call Thomas Underwood at (785) 670-1242.
Information provided by The Arc Monday Morning Memo.
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