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How can states help people with disabilities return to work? Online dialog ends April 24

Information courtesy of The Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy is hosting an online dialog to develop strategies and practices to help workers return to their jobs after being injured or developing a disability. This dialogue is focused on supporting the transition back to work and is looking for your ideas on ways that states can develop initiatives or programs, or institute policy changes, that support workers in the transition back to work. Your input will play a vital role in supporting individuals who need Stay At Work/Return To Work services and supports to remain in the labor force.

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2017 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship – Apply by June 19

Information courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is now accepting applications for the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.  They are offering eight scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students who self-identify as people with any type of disability. Students must be interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry – all majors are welcome to apply. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university.

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How Teaching Artists Can Include Students with Disabilities – Webinar April 11

Information courtesy of VSA

On April 11, VSA (Very Special Arts) will present an informative webinar for Teaching Artists and anyone involved in teaching artist residency programs, especially program administrators and curriculum designers. Learn about self-assessment and coaching tools to make your classroom more inclusive for students with disabilities, as well as four categories of best inclusive practices that serve as a framework for targeting supports.

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VSA Emerging Young Artists Program – Young artists with disabilities could win $20,000

Information courtesy of VSA

VSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA has announced their new Emerging Young Artists Program to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists with disabilities. Fifteen winning artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. Winners exhibit their selected artwork in a year-long nationally touring exhibition and attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop in Washington, DC.

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Effective Paraeducator Support in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings – Webinar April 6

Information courtesy of AbleNet

On April 6, tune in to an informative webinar about effective paraeducator support that is child-centered, discreet, and unobtrusive to advance the learning outcomes of children in inclusive pre-kindergarten and kindergarten settings. Learn about assisting with student-specific instructional interventions, and maximizing learning opportunities for children using an appropriate level of prompts and cues, and how to gradually fade the prompts.

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