Civic Engagement Toolbox For Self-Advocates | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Right now, many people are getting involved in political advocacy for the first time. People are going to town hall meetings and making phone calls to their members of Congress. They’re writing letters and using social media to organize advocacy groups.This new wave of political advocacy is incredible. And people with disabilities need to be a part of that. That’s why we’re pleased to announce a new series of plain language toolkits. These toolkits focus on the basics of civic engagement. Civic engagement means actively participating in our democracy. In a democracy, regular people choose, or elect, who gets to be in government. The people we elect should listen to our concerns and advocate for us in the government. But when they don’t do that, we have the right to make our voices heard. In short, civic engagement means:learning about how the government works, andmaking sure that the people we elect to government listen to us.They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected OfficialsThe first toolkit is “They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials.” This toolkit is about:who our elected officials are, andwhat strategies self-advocates can use to get our voices heard by the people we elect to represent us.They Work For Us covers:Who our elected officials areHow to contact your elected officialsStrategies, scripts, and templates to help you effectively communicate with your elected officialsHow to use social media for political advocacySome parts of the toolkit are available as short stand-alone fact sheets. Click the links below to download the toolkit and fact sheets as PDF files. The PDFs are screenreader-accessible.They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected OfficialsFact Sheet: How to Call Your Elected OfficialsFact Sheet: In-Person Meetings with Elected OfficialsFact Sheet: Sending Elected Officials Emails, Letters, and Faxes

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MDABLE: MARYLAND ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience)

ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) makes it easier than ever to save money for all of your disability-related needs. More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future Maryland ABLE is building. MD ABLE accounts are a new way to help individuals with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses without jeopardizing federal means-tested benefits such as SSI or Medicaid. Governor Hogan signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience

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ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) makes it easier than ever to save money for all of your disability-related needs.

More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future Maryland ABLE is building. MD ABLE accounts are a new way to help individuals with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses without jeopardizing federal means-tested benefits such as SSI or Medicaid.

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Human Development Institute: H+W – HealthMatters

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The Health & Wellness Initiative at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky has partnered with the authors of HealthMatters curriculum from the University of Illinois at Chicago to provide a statewide roll out of online based training for staff around the state to become instructors within their community supports for the HealthMatters program. This evidence-based curriculum includes everything community based organizations need to run successful health promotion program for individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Participants have reported feeling healthier, feeling better about themselves, and have started incorporating what they’ve learned from the health promotion programming into their daily lives.  Within the HealthMatters pages and links, you will find valuable resources for your HealthMatters programming. Please use these resources to make your programming as fun and effective as possible!

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Resubmissions Revisited: Funded Resubmission Applications and Their Initial Peer Review Scores

“My first submission got an overall impact score of 30. Is that good enough? What’s the likelihood I’ll eventually get this funded?”, or, “My first submission was not even discussed. Now what? Does anyone with an undiscussed grant bother to resubmit? And what’s the likelihood I’ll eventually get this funded?” In a past blog we provided some general advice and data to help you consider these types of questions, and obviously the answers depend on specifics — but even so, based on your feedback and comments

Source: Resubmissions Revisited: Funded Resubmission Applications and Their Initial Peer Review Scores | NIH Extramural Nexus

In a past blog we provided some general advice and data to help you consider these types of questions, and obviously the answers depend on specifics — but even so, based on your feedback and comments we thought it would be informative to offer high-level descriptive data on resubmission and award rates according to the first-time score, that is, the overall impact score on the A0 submission.

Here we describe the outcomes of 83,722 unsolicited A0 R01 applications submitted in fiscal years 2012 through 2016. Of these, 69,714 (or 83%) were “Type 1” (de novo) applications, while 14,008 (or 17%) were “Type 2” (or competing renewal) applications.

Let’s begin with looking at award rates: as a reminder, award rates are the total number of awards divided by the total number of applications. Figure 1 shows the award rate of these A0 applications broken out by type 1 (de novo) vs type 2 (competing renewals). (If you’re interested in looking at new and competing renewals in aggregate, for this and the following figures, these are shown in the Excel file we’ve posted to the RePORT website.)

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Expo Conference Materials

2016 KT Conference

This section of the Expo features archived presentations and files from the 2016 KT Conference. These include captioned YouTube videos, edited transcripts, and downloadable copies of presentation files (PDF and text versions). This Conference Archive is pre-approved for 10 hours CRC-CEUs through 12-11-17. You must complete an evaluation to receive your verification of completion form.

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Supporting Student Success through Connecting Activities: An Info Brief Series for Community Colleges | NCWD/Youth

Source: Supporting Student Success through Connecting Activities: An Info Brief Series for Community Colleges | NCWD/Youth

Community college leaders are increasingly concerned with finding ways to better support and engage students in an effort to improve college completion rates. In order to increase their persistence and completion, many students need assistance connecting to services, activities, programs, and supports relevant to their individual needs and goals. Postsecondary institutions can play a significant role in helping students access these services, supports, and opportunities. This series of Info Briefs is designed for community colleges to raise awareness about the significance of connecting students to services and supports such as health insurance, financial assistance, housing, and transportation, and assisting them in navigating these and other services and supports relevant to their individual needs and goals. In addition, these briefs provide practical examples of how some colleges are supporting students and relevant resources for implementing connecting activities at community colleges.

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Developing Financial Capability Among Youth: How Families Can Help | NCWD/Youth

Developing financial capability is an important part of preparing for the transition to adulthood. Financial capability is “the capacity, based on knowledge, skills, and access, to manage financial resources effectively” (Department of the Treasury, 2010). In other words, it is the ability to make wise decisions about using and managing money. Families have an important role to play in young people’s development of financial capability. Financial knowledge and habits developed in the teen and young adult years can have a lasting impact on their future.This brief for families provides suggestions and resources on how to talk with youth about money and assist them to learn and practice financial management skills through their interactions at home.

Source: Developing Financial Capability Among Youth: How Families Can Help | NCWD/Youth

La Familia: Latino Families Strong and Stable, Despite Limited Resources | Hispanic Center

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families has just released a new brief series, “La Familia: Latino Families Strong and Stable, Despite Limited Resources.” The three briefs—including the first demographic portrait of Latino fathers—take a peek into Latino family life to examine how mothers, fathers, and boys are faring.These new studies come at a time when public discourse sometimes portrays Latinos in an unflattering light—yet this new research finds that Latino families are resilient and stable, despite many having low levels of income and education. This is true for Latinos in general, but especially for Latino immigrant families.

Source: La Familia: Latino Families Strong and Stable, Despite Limited Resources | Hispanic Center

Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain Their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications using the R21 award mechanism for translational research that moves evidence-based research findings toward the development of new interventions, programs,policies, practices, and tools that can be used by organizations in the community to help older adults remain healthy and independent, productively engaged, and living in their own homes and communities. The goal of this FOA is to support translational research involving collaborations between academic research centers and community-based organizations with expertise serving or engaging older adults (such as city and state health departments, city/town leadership councils, educational institutions, workplaces, Area Agencies on Aging, and organizations funded or assisted by the Corporation for National and Community Service) that will enhance our understanding of practical tools, techniques, programs and policies that communities across the nation can use to more effectively respond to needs of the aging population.
Standard Dates – Expiration Date May 8, 2017
Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over an R21 two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year.