April 1, 2021
Learning Opportunities
NTACT: the Collaborative Capacity Building (virtual) Institute

NTACT:C will host the Capacity Building Institute for interdisciplinary teams focused on improving outcomes for secondary students and youth with disabilities from 1 - 4 PM (Eastern) daily May 3 - 6, 2021. Mark your calendars (and alert your fellow team members) now!

Pre-CBI planning with team leaders is scheduled for April 8. Registration will go live 1 month before the CBVI.

Questions? Contact us.
From Our Partners
Three Ways to Engage Your Community

Have you ever seen decision-makers handing down mandates for deaf education and support services, and wondered why there were no deaf people in the room? Here are three ways you can get the conversation started for deaf-led system change:
  • Take the Course
  • Use evidence-based strategies
  • Learn from other community members
Unpacking Assumptions: Equitable Approaches to Re-Engaging Students and Youth in Education and VR Services

This "Watch Party" will include communal viewing of a presentation by NTACT:C staff members, Bettie Ray Butler, Natasha Mithcell, and DJ Ralston.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Annual Conference
Imagine, Inspire, Innovate
April 8 & 9, 2021
9:00 - 2:30 EDT

The Vermont Family Network's Annual Conference is online and open to all. It will feature two inspiring keynote addresses and a line-up of six workshops on topics including: a special 2-hour workshop on using the “Charting the Life Course” tool. For a full schedule of events, keynote/workshop descriptions and to register please visit the conference page.
Data Release: 2018-19 National and State-level High School Graduation Rates

National and state-level high school Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates (ACGR) for the 2018-19 school year were released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The national ACGR for all students was 85.8 percent, an increase of 0.5 percentage points from 2017–18.

View the ACGR table, including state-level results https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/tables/ACGR_RE_and_characteristics_2018-19.asp
CSAVR Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

Events occur between April 6 and 22, 2021. Visit the Conference Site for a detailed schedule of events.

Pre-employment Transition Services
Postsecondary Education Preparation
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Campus Tours allows you search and take tours of colleges of interest while at home! 
Featured COVID-19 Response Resources from the REL Program
WEBINAR: Addressing Trauma in Educational Settings - March 30 at 3:00–5:00 p.m. ET
Online Resources for Teens and Young Adults
COVID virus microscope photo
RSA Issues FAQs related to "Competitive Integrated Employment" and Invites Public Comment Beginning March 9, 2021
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides notice to State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and other stakeholders of the Frequently Asked Questions: Criterion for an Integrated Employment Location in the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” and Participant Choice.

From RSA and the VRTAC QM
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) partnered with the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM) to develop a technical assistance product that helps VR agencies and other RSA grantees track the various information collections that RSA manages for the Federal formula awards.

Questions? contact your RSA State Liaison or VRTAC-QM liaison
U.S. Department of Education’s Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse will be a place to highlight lessons from the field in support of students, teachers, faculty, and staff, as schools and campuses continue to reopen following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clearinghouse will include a collection of lessons learned and best practices submitted by teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, other places of educational instruction, and States describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic that the submitters believe to have worked well in their contexts.

Study Participants Needed for Online Survey 
My name is KaMyka Glenn, a doctoral candidate at Lynn University. The purpose of this case study research is to develop and evaluate the Glenn Transition Action Plan (GTAP), a comprehensive transition planning tool in order to address the gaps of creating an action plan for the student that is easy to implement with fidelity and not just for compliance as well as having a central location for transition resources for transition professionals of the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) of those students with disabilities ages 14 to 21. I am reaching out to you to request usage of your listserv of graduates within the transition field as I hope they would help me because of their expertise and experience. 
The contents of this email were developed under a grant (H326E200003) from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.