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Kareem Dale was selected to be Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy on February 21, 2009. Vice President Biden made the announcement saying, “This is our first step to ensure that we have a strong advocate for people with disabilities at the highest levels of our Administration.”

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Calling All Parents of Children with Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs:

Help Researchers Learn About Your Emergency Preparedness Needs

Natural and man-made disasters or emergencies like severe storms, forest fires, chemical spills, floods and pandemic flu can seriously impact many people at once, including families challenged by disabilities or special health care needs.  Please help researchers understand your family’s needs related to disasters and emergencies by completing an online survey.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School E.K Shriver Center want to learn about the emergency preparedness needs of parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs ages birth to 21.
The Shriver Center has been a pioneer in research, education and service for people with disabilities and their families for over three decades.  Your responses to this survey will assist us to develop projects and programs to meet your needs.
The brief online survey will take only a few minutes of your time. You can access the survey by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=fQVHbDPlA_2bfwBNT9eH8xDQ_3d_3dor pasting http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=fQVHbDPlA_2bfwBNT9eH8xDQ_3d_3di into your Internet browser window. Your responses to the survey will be completely anonymous, but essential since they will make an important contribution to the research. For more information or questions about the survey, or to be placed on a mailing list to receive the survey results, please contact Sue Wolf-Fordham, Project Director, at susan.wolf-fordham@umassmed.edu

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Oregon Diploma Summit


Oregon Diploma Summit Registration Now Open

The Oregon Diploma Summit – A Community Call to Action! Will be offered by the Oregon Department of Education.  With the new Oregon Diploma requirements, there is a defined vision for student achievement; one that recognizes all students’ fundamental right to graduate ready for life. The vision for the Summit is to build on current efforts to implement Oregon’s new graduation requirements. The Summit will bring together key leaders and stakeholders from multiple sectors to collaborate on action plans that support and strengthen implementation of the diploma requirements. The emphasis is on supporting all students to succeed in achieving their goals and to be ready to transition to college and work. The Summit will help to build a foundation of support for our students. Strategies and solutions will be highlighted to address the needs of students who may need extra help or may be at risk for dropping out of school.When: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Where: Salem Convention Center,
Willamette Room, 200 Commercial Street SE
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, registration starts at 9:00 AMNO REGISTRATION FEE

The Summit is anticipated to host 300 people and is being held in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance whose mission is to support drop-out prevention efforts so more young people graduate from high school ready for college, work, and adult life.

Registration is open through March 5th.  For questions, call 503-947-5801.

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Parents!

Have You Done Your Homework? Prepare for the Future of Your Child’s Special Education

You’ve spent hours learning about your child’s disability but have you taken equal time to learn about your parental rights in special education?  This one day workshop is designed for parents of children with disabilities to help you learn so that you can successfully navigate special education and prepare your child for the future.  It’s time to do that homework!  Get answers to your questions in the following sessions: Morning Sessions:
Nothing is Delayed about Puberty!
What Parent’s Need to Know about the IEP
Lunchtime Learning:
Testing, Testing 1-2-3, State Assessment and Students with Disabilities
Afternoon Sessions:
School-wide Systems: RTI & PBIS
Reading, Literacy and the IEP
Special Needs Estate Planning

Saturday, May 2, 2009
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Portland Providence Hospital
Cancer Tower
4805 NE Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97213

Come make new friends while you learn the most up to date information.
Space is limited, call or email to reserve your space now.  Registration is required.

Contact:  Danielle Bethell
Toll Free: 1-888-505-2673, ext. 105
Email: dbethell@orpti.org

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The Oregon Parent Training and Information Center is now featuring disability resources on our website.  We have pages of recommended books and videos. When you purchase an item from our website, we receive a small percentage of the purchase price.  You get a great resource, and help OrPTI offer more services across the state of Oregon.  You can browse our recommended books and videos at http://astore.amazon.com/oregparetraia-20?node=2&page=1

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The 2009 Oregon Disability MegaConference Call For Presenters is now available!

The 2009 Oregon Disability MegaConference
June 25-27, 2009 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Please download the form at www.oregonmegaconference.org.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 23, 2009.

If you have any questions or need help completing the Presenter Application, please call Angie Solis at 1.877.581.2726 or email: presenters@arcoregon.org.

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