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The links below contain information on a variety of funding opportunities, including scholarships, grants, internships, etc.

AAPD ADMINISTERED SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:  AAPD administers two prestigious internships. One is funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and places students in congressional offices in Washington, DC. The second, funded by Microsoft, is for students majoring in information technology and accepted candidates will work in various agencies in the executive branch of the federal government. Deadline for applications is January 9, 2009. For details visit AAPD’s website at

ART CONTEST: VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can invite children to submit artwork showing your creativity.  Explore new activities, rethink your perceptions, discover yourself as an artist, and submit your work of art today! Deadline is Friday, March 6, 2009. For details go to:

2009 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH PARENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities. All application materials must be completed and postmarked by Monday March 16, 2009.

NOMINATION PERIOD FOR THE HEARNE AWARD NOW OPEN: The Hearne Award, created in 1999, honors the work of Paul G. Hearne, a lawyer and leading disability rights advocate who founded the first legal services office in New York for people with disabilities, authored the first national legal handbook on disability rights, and helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The award is sponsored by the ABA’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law and is to be presented to an individual who has performed exemplary service in the furtherance of access to justice for people with disabilities, or an organization or group that furthers the goal of full participation for people with disabilities in society. Applications are due April 1, 2009. For details go to

CDRF QUALITY OF LIFE GRANTS: The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF) awards grants in 13 categories, including health promotion, employment, sports and recreation, and advocacy, to fund programs across the globe that help people with paralysis become more fully integrated members of society. Grants that focus on improving the health of individuals are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR INTERNSHIPS AND ACADEMIC SEMINARS (TWC): This prestigious educational nonprofit organization, entering its 30th year, offers an academic program combined with internships in Washington, DC. They offer a fully inclusive program, including accessible housing. To learn more about the program,

AAAS SPONSORS ENTRY POINT! ENTRY POINT!, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, offers internship opportunities for college students with disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business. To learn more about this program, visit

EMERGING LEADERS INTERNSHIPS: This program, launched and funded by the international consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, is administered by the National Business & Disability Council and provides internships for college students with disabilities. These internships are located in several geographic locations and with a wide range of companies. For details, visit their site at

FRED FAY ADVANCED LEADERSHIP FORUM: Sponsored by the Boston Center for Independent Living and members of the Leadership Forum Advisory Council.

WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT PROGRAM: The WRP’s stellar database of individually interviewed and pre-screened college and university students with disabilities is available to meet your summer or permanent workforce needs. This pipeline program is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Defense. If you are a federal agency go If you are a state agency or a private corporation, you can request a search by contacting the Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network (EARN) at

CAREER GATEWAY: A web-based service of Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) for employers and graduating college and university students where students can post their resumes and employers can search for qualified candidates. For information go

SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATING SENIORS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES:  The National Center for Learning Disabilities annually awards the Ann Ford Scholarship of $10,000 to an outstanding high school senior with a learning disability who is committed to completing a college degree.  For information, visit

From the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education: The Ready to Teach program is designed to provide quality online programming and resources for elementary and secondary school teachers so that they can better prepare all students to learn challenging academic content in core curriculum areas.

Internship Opportunities: All students will be placed in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government. Sample placements include:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • General Services Administration
  • Office of Personal Management
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Small Business Administration
  • Congressional Members Offices (House & Senate)

For more information contact Ms. Roshni D. Lal, The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars
Phone: 202-336-7567
E-mail: Ms. Roshni D. Lal

Grants and Contracts Funded by OSEP: Fiscal Year 2007
NICHCY is pleased to make available a complete listing of all the grants and contracts that the Research to Practice Division of OSEP has funded under its discretionary programs in Fiscal Year 2007. This funding is authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation's special education law.

The grant information for FY 2007 has been organized into three directories, each of which focuses upon a section of approximately 1,000 grants and contracts supported by OSEP. These directories represent projects in the seven program areas of IDEA, Part D.

NEW FREEDOM INITIATIVE AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN: U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has called upon nonprofit organizations, small businesses, corporations and individuals that have demonstrated exemplary and innovative efforts in advancing the employment and workplace environment of people with disabilities to submit entries for the 2008 Secretary of Labor’s New Freedom Initiative Award. Nominations are due May 30, 2008. For information visit .

YOUNG ARTISTS: The Brian Ayers Memorial Art Exhibition in Boone, North Carolina, celebrates the unusual artistic ability of children and young adults, ages 10–25, with learning disabilities. Twenty-five artists will receive $50 awards in 2008. The art will be exhibited in several venues in North Carolina and will be exhibited on the Brian Ayers website. Entry Deadline: May 1, 2008.