Intersection 2006

Issue 7 volume 3, No. 7, December 5, 2006.

NCWD/Youth launches the KSA section of its website which contains information about NCWD/Youth's Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) initiative. NCWD/Youth developed the KSAs to improve the awareness, knowledge, and skills of youth service practitioners, those individuals who work directly with youth. The KSAs are organized into ten competency areas which were compiled from a review of more than 70 initiatives offering training and/or identifying competencies for the fields of youth development, workforce development, education, and disability. These ten areas were validated by youth practitioners, program managers, and stakeholders from the field through focus groups, conference calls, meetings, and an on-line feedback form for relevancy, proficiency, and available training.

Issue 6 volume 3, No. 6, August 22, 2006.

NCWD/Youth has revised its popular, Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational & Career Development Challenges. This guide is for multiple audiences within the workforce development system as they assist youth in making decisions and choices based on appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual. Youth service practitioners will find information on selecting career-related assessments, determining when to refer youth for additional assessment, and on other issues such as accommodations, legal issues, and ethical considerations. Administrators and policymakers will find information on developing practical and effective policies, collaboration among programs, and interagency assessment systems.

Issue 5 volume 3, No. 5, August 1, 2006.

NCWD/Youth releases a new publication, "Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities." This mentoring guide has been developed by the NCWD/Youth to specifically address the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work. Also in this issue, the Southeast DBTAC announces the release of the revised and improved online course, "At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities."

Issue 4 volume 3, No. 4, June 16, 2006.

NCWD/Youth releases a new publication, "Performance Measures Adjustment and Incentives-Key Strategies for Providing More and Better Services to Harder to Serve Populations in the Age of Accountability." This paper discusses intended and unintended consequences of performance measurement and explores how performance adjustment and incentive mechanisms can counter some of these effects and encourage effective service delivery to disadvantaged and harder-to-serve populations. The ETA issues a new Strategic Plan.

Issue 3 volume 3, No. 3, May 15, 2006.

In collaboration with NCWD/Youth, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) maintains a website that highlights state-level legislation related to disabilities and employment. May is National Foster Care Month - this year's theme is "Change a Lifetime: Share Your Heart, Open Your Home, Offer Your Help." Partners for Youth with Disabilities will be holding its Aspire, Achieve, Empower: First National Conference for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities later this year. The U.S. Department of Education has released a Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities.

Issue 2 volume 3, No. 2, March 21, 2006.

NCWD/Youth publishes the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities) Jump Start, an initiative that identifies 10 key competencies that youth service practitioners, policymakers, organizations, and individuals can use to improve program quality and youth outcomes. Resource and advocacy organization, MENTOR, announces its "Mentoring Spotlight" award competition. The National Council on Disability (NCD) conducts an online discussion to inform policy and program recommendations for employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) announces its 2006 Art & Poetry Competition for artists or poets with Learning Disabilities.

Issue 1 volume 3, No. 1, February 1, 2006.

NCWD/Youth publishes the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities) Jump Start, an initiative that identifies 10 key competencies that youth service practitioners, policymakers, organizations, and individuals can use to improve program quality and youth outcomes. Resource and advocacy organization, MENTOR, announces its "Mentoring Spotlight" award competition. The National Council on Disability (NCD) conducts an online discussion to inform policy and program recommendations for employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) announces its 2006 Art & Poetry Competition for artists or poets with Learning Disabilities.

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