January 3, 2003

In this Issue:

1. Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 [OSERS]

Source: Federal Register: December 24, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 247)

SUMMARY: This notice announces closing dates, priorities, and other information regarding the transmittal of grant applications for FY 2003 competitions under four programs authorized under part D, subpart 2 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended. The four programs are:
(1) Special Education--Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities (five priorities);
(2) Special Education--Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities (four priorities);
(3) Special Education--Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities (one priority)
(4) Special Education--Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities (one priority)
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2. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Alternative Financing Program Technical Assistance (AFPTA); Notice Inviting Applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003, CFDA No.: 84.224C [OSERS] Disability and Rehabilitation

Source: Federal Register: December 26, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 248)

Purpose of the Program: The purpose of the AFPTA is to award a grant to a public or private agency or organization to provide information and technical assistance to States participating in or interested in participating in the Alternative Financing Program (AFP).  For FY 2003, the competition for one new award focuses on projects designed ... to provide technical assistance to the States and outlying areas to establish or maintain alternative financing projects to increase access to assistive technology (AT) services and devices for individuals with disabilities of all ages.

Applications Available: December 26, 2002.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 27, 2003
Maximum Award Amount: $727,000 for year one; $304,000 for year two and, $304,000 for year three based on the availability of future appropriations.

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3. Study: Autism More Prevalent than Thought

Source: ABC News Online - January 1, 2003

Researchers with the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that autism rates appear to be higher than the four per 10,000 seen in several US studies conducted in the 1980s and early 1990s. Data on almost 290,000 children in the Atlanta, GA area found prevalence rates for broad-spectrum autistic disorders to be 34 per 10,000 children, a figure which is in line with a number of recent European studies. This study was published in the January 1, 2003 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). To learn more go to http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/vol289/issue1/index.dtl.

An online interview with NPR's Michele Norris and the report's lead author, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop, is available at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=898858.

4. National Child Care Information Center Online Library

Source: Source: www.nccic.org - December 2002

The National Child Care Information Center recently launched its new Online Library.� The Online Library contains summaries and availability information for publications of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, parents, researchers and other members of the child care community. It includes records of publications from the NCCIC Child Care Library and selected records from the ERIC Clearinghouse system. Links are provided to publications available on the Internet.� Subject areas include center and family based child care, child development, curricula, child care funding, health and safety in child care settings, child care workforce, child care for children with special needs, Head Start program, issues related to family and child well-being, families and work, and impacts of welfare reform on child care. The Online Library contains records for documents dating from the 1970s to the present and is updated weekly.� Users can search the Online Library by phrase, keyword, author, and index terms or can select a pre-packaged Quick Search.� [Note: This library is no longer available online.]