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DFN E-News: Vol. 3, No. 6

Resources, Applications and Employment Opportunities

Resources: Books, Reports, Articles

2004 NOD/Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) recently announced that its national survey of Americans with disabilities — conducted every four years by the Harris organization — was released in June. The survey findings state that although there is a continuing a trend of slow and modest progress, Americans with disabilities remain at a critical disadvantage when compared to other Americans in ten key areas of life. For more information, go to www.nod.org.

Assistive Technologies: Expanding a Universe of Opportunities for People with Disabilities

This revised compendium published by the CTC Foundation contains over 550 assistive technology manufacturers, legislative summaries, articles and definitions. The book is published online, in print and in digital format (CD). Access to the Web version of the book is available through a password-protected site. For a sample of the book online and an order form go to www.atn-ctcf.org.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities: An Interagency Seminar of Exchange for Federal Managers

This 80-page report is a result of the December 2-3, 2003, U.S. Department of Labor conference on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities in the federal government. Copies of the report are available from www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ep/index.htm or by calling ODEP at 202-693-7880 and requesting the report.

IDEAS Conference Sessions Online

The Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) provided funding for TVWorldwide to capture selected sessions at the 2003 Interagency Disability Educational Awareness Showcase (IDEAS) conference, which was held last November in Washington, D.C. The conference offered sessions on the “how-to” of accessible electronic and information technology. The online sessions focus on Section 508 updates, best practices for implementing procurement rules, and technologies that enable equal IT access for people with disabilities. For more information, to www.tvworldwide.com/events/ideas2003/031105/.

Job Accommodation Network Online Seminar

This audio presentation outlines the Job Accommodation Network’s approach to providing reasonable accommodations for applicants or employees with disabilities: www.t-tap.org/training/onlineseminars/jan/janslidemenu.html.

DBTAC ADA Basic Building Blocks: An Online Course About the ADA

This introductory web course on the ADA explores the legal requirements and spirit of the ADA . The course is self-paced and organized into 12 topics. Upon completion of the course, you may be eligible to earn a certificate and one CEU if you meet ALL established criteria. The course is free, however, there is a $50 CEU fee that must be paid to receive continuing education credit. To access the course, log on to www.adabasics.org.

Access E-Learning

The Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project, housed at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, has a free, 10-module tutorial for faculty and others on accessible distance education for students with disabilities. For more information, go to www.accesselearning.net/.

Olmstead at Five: Assessing the Impact

A new report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines the impact of Olmstead v. L.C. five years after the United States Supreme Court’s 1999 landmark decision. The analysis brings new research together with a synthesis of research undertaken over the past five years to help policymakers and program administrators understand the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act for health programs in Olmstead’s aftermath. To access the report, go to www.kff.org/medicaid/7105a.cfm/.

New Paper Serves as Key Reference on Birth Defects and the Environment

A new paper by Dr. Ted Schettler, co-author of In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development and Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and Betty Mekdeci, Director of the Birth Defect Research for Children, reviews published research on environmental contributors to some of the most common birth defects. For a copy of the paper, go to www.protectingourhealth.org/newscience/birthdefects/2004-0501birthdefectspreview.htm.

New ADA Accessibility Guidelines Cleared for July Publication

The Access Board will hold a press conference on July 23rd to announce its revised ADA Accessibility Guidelines published in the Federal Register. The publication will include updated guidelines for federal facilities not covered by the ADA but by the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The board will post the guidelines on its Web site and offer free technical assistance. Requests for training on the new guidelines or existing guidelines and standards should be directed to Peggy Greenwell, Training Coordinator, at 202-272-0017, 202-272-0082 (TTY), or e-mail to training@access-board.gov.

NCD Issues Paper on Educational Outcomes

The National Council on Disability (NCD) recently released a paper that looks at the impact of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on high school performance and postsecondary opportunities for students with disabilities. The paper also looks at the impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how well IDEA and NCLB are aligned. The paper is available at www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2004/educationoutcomes.htm.

Web Site on Careers in Design Field

Adaptive Environments has created new Web resources to inform people with disabilities about careers in design. The project, Building Careers in Design, was funded by a contract with the RSA National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center: www.careersindesign.org.

DOJ Online News Service

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) initiated an online news service in June 2004. You can access this information at www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/disabilitynews.htm.

Grantmaking with a Gender Lens

Grantmaking with a Gender Lens, the newest tool and published by Grantcraft, discusses what gender analysis is and is not, how to use it with grantees and how to use it within your own organization. For more information, go to www.grantcraft.org.

High-Engagement Philanthropy: A Bridge to a More Effective Social Sector

High-Engagement Philanthropy: A Bridge to a More Effective Social Sector is a new report produced by Venture Philanthropy Partners and Community Wealth Ventures. This report examines how some high-engagement philanthropists and nonprofit leaders are tackling the challenge of gaining access to capital and growing their organizations. It raises some provocative questions about the way the nonprofit sector is funded and provides a rare look at how this kind of philanthropy is put into practice, its risks, rewards, benefits and pitfalls. The report is available online at www.vppartners.org/report2004.html and digital versions of the materials are available at www.vppartners.org/report2004tools.html.

Aging In Equity: LGBT Elders in America

Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues (FLGI) announces the publication of a resource packet on LGBT elder issues designed for grantmakers who are interested in aging issues and/or LGBT issues. Aging In Equity: LGBT Elders in America, presents issues facing LGBT elders and sample grants supporting a broad range of organizations working with and advocating for this population. For further information or copies of the packet contact the FLGI office at info@lgbtfunders.org.

Advocacy Advisory

For the latest “Advocacy Advisory” from the Alliance for Justice regarding permissible activities for foundation staff in an election year, go to www.allianceforjustice.org/foundation/technical_resources/additional_resources_for_funders/index.html. The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women’s, children’s and consumer advocacy organizations. For more information on Alliance for Justice go to www.allianceforjustice.org.

Applications: Awards, Grants, RFPs, Fellowships, Internships

2004 Henry B. Betts Award

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago announce the 2004 Henry B. Betts Award. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, Oct. 15, 2004. One individual will be selected to receive this year’s unrestricted $50,000 cash award to be presented at the fourth annual AAPD Leadership Gala in 2005 in Washington, D.C. The Betts Award, created by the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, honors an individual whose work and scope of influence have significantly improved the quality of life for people with disabilities. It is named in honor of Henry B. Betts, M.D., in recognition of his pioneering leadership in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation and decades of dedicated service to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. For additional information and nomination forms, please contact Tracey Murray, AAPD Leadership Coordinator at 770-232-9001 (voice only) or e-mail: murr9001@bellsouth.net, or Marie Campos, AAPD, at 800-840-8844 (V/TTY). The nomination form is also available on AAPD’s Web site, www.aapd-dc.org. The Web site of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is www.rehabchicago.org.

VSA Arts and Volkswagen Invite Artwork Entries From Young Artists with Disabilities

VSA arts (www.vsarts.org) and Volkswagen of America, Inc., have launched a call for entries to identify promising young artists with disabilities. This year’s theme, “Driving Force,” challenges artists to consider what motivates and inspires creativity. The program’s organizers are interested in both representational and abstract work. Artwork may illustrate actual aspects of the artist’s inspiration, such as the environment, myth or personal discoveries. Fifteen finalists will be awarded a total of $30,000 in cash awards, distributed as follows: a $10,000 grand prize, a $5,000 first prize, a $3,000 second prize, and 12 awards of excellence in the amount of $1,000 each. The program is open to young artists, ages 16 to 25, and living in the United States who have a physical, cognitive or mental disability. Complete program and application information is available on the VSA arts Web site at www.vsarts.org/programs/vw/. The deadline is Aug. 6, 2004.

National Scholar Award for Workplace Innovation & Design

NISH announces the 2004/2005 application packet for its National Scholar Award for Workplace Innovation & Design. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose of the award is to encourage students to create technological solutions to barriers that prevent people with severe disabilities from entering or advancing in the workplace. Up to three cash awards will be presented. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2005. The application packet is available at http://nish.org.

Kettering University Ability Scholarship

Kettering University, a cooperative university in Flint, Michigan, has established the Kettering Ability scholarship to encourage more people with disabilities to major in engineering or business. The recipient of the scholarship will receive $5,000 and must meet the school’s academic and co-op qualifications. For more information, contact Neeru Sharma at 586-492-2266 or Jack Stock at 810-762-7873.

U.S. Department of Education Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Education invites applications for grants related to the following areas:

  • Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities — IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant, CFDA#84.326X.
  • Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities-Cultural Experiences for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals — CFDA#84.327T. Estimated size of awards is $110,000.

Applications for both areas are due by July 30, 2004. Additional information, including discretional grant application packages, is available in the Federal Register notice or online at www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-2/061404a.html.

Soros Justice Fellowships, Open Society Institute

The Soros Justice Fellowships support outstanding individuals who will advance the criminal justice priorities of Open Society Institute’s U.S. Justice Fund. These priorities include reducing the nation’s over-reliance on policies of punishment and incarceration, eliminating race and class disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and restoring judicial discretion, and encouraging the successful resettlement of people returning from prison. Deadline for applications is September 22, 2004. For a complete description and announcement, go to www.womenphil.org/info-url_nocat3909/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=229181.

2005 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society announces the spring 2005 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program. The three-month program provides leadership training through applied research and professional mentorships to young scholar/practitioners working globally in the NGO sector. For the first time, the center is also offering a U.S. Diversity Fellowship to young scholars and practitioners from communities of color underrepresented in the U.S. grantmaking sector and who are interested in building Third-Sector capacity in the U.S. The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2004. For eligibility, application guidelines and other details, visit the center’s Web site at www.philanthropy.org under the heading International Fellows Program. Printed brochures are also available.

Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is presented annually to three nonprofit organizations in recognition of innovative existing programs that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve. Deadline: Aug. 3, 2004. For information, go to www.drucker.cgu.edu/InnovationAward/.

Intern, Women & Philanthropy

Women & Philanthropy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates within the field of philanthropy for the full engagement of women and girls in society, is seeking an intern to work primarily with its development and communications departments. The intern and his or her supervisor will work together to design a work plan that compliments the student’s interests, abilities and desired career path. Women & Philanthropy accepts internship applications throughout the year and currently has openings for fall, winter and/or spring interns. For a complete description, go to www.womenphil.org. Please fax or e-mail resume and cover letter to Cristina Villegas, Membership & Communications Associate, Women & Philanthropy, 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 202, Washington, D.C. 20036; e-mail: cvillegas@womenphil.org; or fax: 202-861-5483.

Employment and Contract Opportunities

Deputy Coordinator, Health and Environmental Funders Network

The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) — a virtual network working to build and strengthen philanthropy at the intersections of environment and health — seeks a full-time Deputy Coordinator for its Washington, DC, office to work closely with the HEFN Coordinator on all aspects of the network’s operations. Application deadline is July 24th. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references by email to the D.C. Search Committee at hefn@aol.com. Please use “D.C. Search” as the subject line. No phone inquiries, please.

Executive Assistant, The F.B. Heron Foundation

The F.B. Heron Foundation, a private foundation with the mission of helping low-income people and communities help themselves, is seeking an executive assistant to work closely with the board of directors and the vice president of finance and administration. To apply, send cover letter, resume and salary history to hr@heronfdn.org or mail to: Executive Assistant Search, The F.B. Heron Foundation, 100 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10005. No calls please.

Life Planning Coordinator, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network is seeking a life planning coordinator for “Critical Pathways to Education and Employment,” an educational and job readiness program for people with disabilities. For more information go to www.sinai.org, click on “careers” and search for the position. The Web site also gives the option to apply on-line.

Director of Development and Donor Programs, Funding Exchange (NY)

The Funding Exchange (FEX), a national network of 16 community foundations in the United States that support progressive social justice organizations, is seeking a director of development and donor programs to provide leadership and direction to the entire organization. Application deadline is Aug. 15, 2004. For a complete job description, go to www.womenphil.org/info-url_nocat3909/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=231451. Send resume to: Funding Exchange, Attn: D.D.D., 666 Broadway, #500, New York, NY 10012, or e-mail it to info@fex.org.

Office Administrator, Wellspring Advisors, LLC

Wellspring Advisors — providing professional advice and counsel to progressive foundations and other donors regarding their philanthropic activities — seeks an administrator for its New York office. Application deadline is July 21, 2004. For a complete job description, go to www.womenphil.org/info-url_nocat3909/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=231178. To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Perry Monastero, Wellspring Advisors, LLC, 424 West 33rd Street, Suite 460, New York, NY 10001; fax to 212-609-2633; or e-mail to pmonastero@wellspringadvisors.com.

Program Associate, Wellspring Advisors, LLC

Wellspring Advisors, LLC, seeks a program associate to work with program officers and philanthropic advisors who manage domestic and international grantmaking programs relating to human rights, reproductive health and economic and social development, with particular attention to issues confronting women and children in the developing world. For a complete job description, go to http://www.womenphil.org/info-url_nocat3909/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=231176. Application deadline is July 30. To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Perry Monastero, Wellspring Advisors, LLC, 424 West 33rd Street, Suite 460, New York, NY 10001; fax to 212-609-2633 or e-mail to pmonastero@wellspringadvisors.com.

Program Officer, The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide healthcare foundation whose mission is to expand access to affordable and quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities, is seeking a program officer. For more information, go to www.calendow.org. To apply, send a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to the human resources department at jobs@calendow.org or fax to 818-593-2613.

President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation

The Blue Shield of California Foundation (www.blueshieldcafoundation.org) is seeking an exceptional, seasoned senior leader with sophisticated and deep expertise in health, health care delivery systems and related issues, who will position the foundation to have maximum impact, promote innovation and provide leadership. For more information, call 818.790.8873, and for a complete job description, go to www.womenphil.org/info-url_nocat3909/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=230752. Interested applicants should e-mail a resume and cover letter to: Martha Montag Brown & Associates (www.marthamontagbrown.com), martha@marthamontagbrown.com.

Communications Officer, Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leading health research and information organization, is seeking a communications officer to handle press relations and other communications activities for the foundation’s health policy work. For a complete job description, go to www.womenphil.org/info-url_nocat3909/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=230728. To apply, send cover letter, resume, writing samples and other relevant work examples to: H.R.-Communications Officer, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, fax: 650-854-8037; e-mail: jobs@kff.org. No phone inquiries, please.

Online Communications Associate, Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation is seeking an online communications associate to develop, manage and evaluate a series of online promotional activities for the foundation’s work across a variety of programs and topics. For a complete job description, go to www.womenphil.org/info-url_nocat3909/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=230725. To apply, send cover letter, resume and references to: H.R.-Online Communications Associate, K.N., The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, fax: 650-854-8037; e-mail: jobs@kff.org. No phone inquiries, please.
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