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PLUK eNews May 17, 2005
http://www.pluk.org/eNews/May_17_05.htm
Volume 3 Issue 22

Welcome to PLUK's electronic newsletter! 
(Download the printable pdf version at: http://www.pluk.org/eNews/May_17_05.pdf )

We are proud to present news of interest for Montana families of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and for the professionals and educators who serve them; however, it does not constitute an endorsement.

Highlights:


Benefit Concert for PLUK-May 20, Kalispell
Flathead Valley PLUK presents:
Rob Quist and the Great Northern Band with Jack Gladstone in concert, present their newest collaboration May 20th at 7pm at the Kalispell Christian Center. Quist and Gladstone, two of the West's most celebrated entertainers and songwriters, have united in an unforgettable new show, Odyssey West, commemorating Lewis and Clark's epic journey into the western frontier.
Jack Gladstone and Rob Quist bring the West to life with the rich historical content of their original songs and narratives, presented with dramatic live footage, as well as haunting photographic and artistic images of the Old and New West.
Celebrate Our Heritage while supporting local children and adults with disabilities. Proceeds also benefit Special Friends Advocacy. Ticket purchases call 406 756-6159.
http://www.robquist.com/promopage.htm 


TRAINING Update: May 19 teleconference on Financial Issues has been postponed
For additional information, visit the PLUK home page at http://www.pluk.org 


Impact of Childhood Disability: Understanding the Parents' Journey from Grief to Growth,
June 10-11, Billings
In a long-awaited conference opportunity, parents and caregivers are invited to join national presenter and author, psychologist Ken Moses, PhD, for a two-day conference exploring childhood disability and its impact on families and caregivers. The conference-sponsored by St. Vincent's Healthcare (and in cooperation with Billings Public Schools, STEP, and ECI)-will be held at the Mansfield Health Education Center. CEUs are available and free childcare will be offered during the Saturday session. Space is limited please register early. Call Health Access, St. Vincent Healthcare, at 406-657-8792 to register.
Cost: $50-$100. A limited number of scholarships, courtesy of the Children's Clinic, are available to parents of children with special needs. Financially strapped, need to attend, and can't swing full registration? Call Health Access, St. Vincent Healthcare, at 406-657-8792 and ask about the "$10 dollar option."


Report notes problems, potential in state's rural schools
Associated Press
HELENA - Montana's rural schools are doing better than those in other states, but some still need help overcoming student poverty, inadequate funding and lagging test scores, a national report released Wednesday concludes.
The Rural School and Community Trust, a West Virginia nonprofit group that studies rural issues, called Montana a "golden egg" in rural education. Its 80 percent rural graduation rate is one of the highest in the country, and students generally benefit from the state's small classrooms and low student-teacher ratios, the report states.
But Montana's test scores are average compared to other states and increasing pressure to close or consolidate schools threatens to thwart progress there and in bordering Great Plains states, lead study author Jerry Johnson said.
Read the article at: http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2005/05/12/build/state/70-schools.inc 


State seeks more NCLB flexibility
Associated Press
HELENA - Citing Montana's sparse population and small schools, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch said Monday she's asked the federal government for more flexibility in measuring student progress under the No Child Left Behind Act.
McCulloch, an outspoken critic of the 2002 education reforms, wants the U.S. Department of Education to let Montana use more data in determining whether its schools are meeting the law's yearly progress requirements.
Read the article at: http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2005/05/10/build/state/20-nclb.inc 


Billings Gazette-Medicaid Proposals Worry State Officials: Program Helps 84,000 Poor Montanans
(Courtesy of the Billings Gazette)
Medicaid proposals worry state officials: Program helps 84,000 poor Montanans
By ALLISON FARRELL
Gazette State Bureau
May 11, 2005
HELENA - Talk in Washington, D.C., of cutting $10 billion to $14.7 billion out of Medicaid spending over the next five years has some Montana public health officials worried over the fate of the program.
Some of President Bush's proposed changes could cripple Montana's mom and pop pharmacies and limit the access Medicaid clients have to prescription drugs, as well as drive up state costs for the joint federal-state program that covers 84,000 poor Montanans, officials said.
"It all makes me a little bit nervous," said John Chappuis, Montana's Medicaid director. "Who knows what they'll choose to do."
President Bush recommended that Congress axe $60 billion from the $300 billion annual program over the next decade, a number Congress has scaled back to between $10 billion and $14.7 billion over the next five years.
Congress is still debating ways to rein in the increasing expenses of Medicaid, but some worry that one of the most discussed spending reductions could hurt Montana's small, independent pharmacies and their clients.
Joy Wilson, health policy director for the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, D.C., said the proposed change for prescription-drug benefits would essentially let the government pay pharmacies less for drugs under Medicaid.
This change would save the state and federal governments money but could force pharmacies to turn Medicaid clients away.
Read the rest of this Billings Gazette article online at http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?ts=1&display=rednews/2005/05/11/build/state/30-medicaid-proposal.inc


Missoulian-Opportunity Resources Celebrates 50 Years of Service
(Courtesy of the Missoulian)
Opportunity Resources thrives in middle age
By MICHAEL MOORE of the Missoulian
When Jack Chambers took the helm of Opportunity Resources in 1985, the program had 60 clients, 26 staff workers and an annual budget of $600,000.
Twenty years later, on the 50th anniversary of the nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities, there are 350 clients, 250 staff workers and a budget of $9 million.
"There's just been such a recognition of the ways that people with disabilities can really be part of the community," said Chambers. "The world has changed in a lot of ways for the good for our clients, and that's something we all feel very good about."
Chambers had been involved with similar organizations in Oregon and Wyoming before coming to Montana, at a time when disability programs were starting to step out of the shadows.
"What happened is sort of what happened in schools, as we started to mainstream some students instead of just sticking them in classes by themselves," Chambers said. "For us, that meant moving beyond solely providing sheltered work."
Opportunity still provides sheltered work - where people with disabilities work together under close supervision - but the organization has made significant progress in putting its clients to work all around the community.
Read the entire article at http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2005/05/08/news/local/news05.txt


Updated Forms on OPI Web Site
Forms marked "NEW July 1, 2005" reflect changes to IDEA and are not to be used prior to July 1, 2005. Training in IDEA 2004 and form changes will be provided in the fall of 2005.
Visit http://www.opi.state.mt.us/speced/ 


U.S. Flexibility for States Raising Achievement for Students With Disabilities
(Courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Education)
Secretary Spellings held a press conference May 10 to announce policy guidelines following her April 7, 2005, announcement for a new, commonsense approach to implementing the NCLB, "Raising Achievement: A New Path for NCLB."
No Child Left Behind
President George W. Bush and Secretary Margaret Spellings believe that no child should be left behind in our efforts to ensure that our nation's elementary and secondary schoolchildren receive an education that fully prepares them for college and the workforce. The Department of Education will extend flexibility to those States that are raising achievement and are continuing to implement the requirements that are the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act: that all students, including students with disabilities, be held to challenging content and achievement standards; that their progress be measured annually by high-quality assessments aligned with those high standards; and that schools and school districts be held accountable for achieving results.
A New Path: Commonsense Approach to Raising Achievement
In addition to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (the 1% already covered under Title I), research indicates that there is another group of students with disabilities, approximately 2 percent of the school-aged population, in need of modified standards and assessments who can make progress toward but also may not reach grade-level achievement standards in the same time frame as other students. Secretary Spellings and the U.S. Department of Education will work with States in both the short term and the long term to ensure they will have the flexibility needed to raise achievement for ALL students.
The May 10 press release can be found at http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/05/05102005.html
Learn more about the state eligibility requirements for adjusted AYP, including short-term options, and proposed rulemaking for long-term modified achievement standards and assesments, online at the ED website http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/raising/disab-factsheet.html
The factsheet is also available as a PDF http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/raising/disab-factsheet.pdf and as a Word document http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/raising/disab-factsheet.doc


Educators ask U.S. for break on No Child
By Stephanie Banchero, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune reporter Darnell Little contributed to this report
Published May 16, 2005
Education officials in three dozen states, including Illinois, are proposing substantial changes to their No Child Left Behind requirements--alterations that would relax standards and make it easier for schools to show improvement under the tough federal law.
Read the complete article at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0505160168may16,1,605879.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true 


NFB, NASA Partner for "Excellence through Challenging Exploration and Leadership (EXCEL)" Internship
(From National Federation of the Blind)
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute's National Youth Center for Blind Youth in Science and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) bring you a new internship program for the blind. The Excellence through Challenging Exploration and Leadership (EXCEL) program will provide an employment experience like no other, combining NASA's ambitious mission of exploration with the successful mentoring and empowerment model demonstrated by the NFB.
The EXCEL program not only provides blind youth with early employment experience but also provides support and mentoring from successful blind adults. If you are a blind youth interested in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) career, then this program is for you!
Six EXCEL interns will be chosen from a nationwide search, with two additional students chosen as alternates. Two interns will be placed at each of three NASA centers-Goddard (Maryland), Johnson (Texas), and the Jet Propulsion Lab (California)-for an intensive six-week program that will begin at the NFB National Convention. During the Convention, EXCEL interns will serve as NASA ambassadors as well as attend seminars and meetings to learn more about how to succeed in the workplace as a blind adult. From there, the interns will travel to their work sites for five weeks of work experience under NASA supervisors. The interns will stay with carefully selected host families who can assist the youth in preparing to live independently.
Applicants must:
· Be legally blind
· Be at least 18 years old
· Be going into their first or second year of college
· Have an interest in pursuing STEM careers
· Have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale
Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!!! To learn more about the program or to apply, read the EXCEL Cover Page and fill out the Application at http://nfb.org/nfbrti/excel-app.doc.  Questions? Contact Mark A. Riccobono, Manager, Education Programs, Jernigan Institute at (410) 659-9314, ext. 2368, mriccobono@nfb.org


CNN Presents Oscar-Nominated Film "Autism Is A World, " May 22, 8PM ET
(From State of the Art, Inc.)
State of the Art Inc. & CNN Productions Present "Autism Is A World" a 40 minute documentary produced and directed by Gerardine Wurzburg, Academy Award winner for "Educating Peter," and narrated by actress Julianna Margulies (E.R. and The Grid).
The documentary looks at autism through the words of Sue, a young woman who was diagnosed and treated as mentally retarded until the age of 13 when she began to communicate using a keyboard. When you meet her, she does not make eye contact. She obsessively attacks your buttons, endlessly stands at the faucet and watches water pour over her hand. You would not approach this person. But the documentary takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, into her world and her obsessions. "Autism Is A World" explores Sue's world, her writings, and the remarkable friendships she has created while in college.
Filmed in and around Whittier, CA where Sue makes her home, "Autism Is A World" was produced by State of the Art, Inc. and Producer/Director Gerardine Wurzburg, Co-Producer Douglas Biklen, Associate Producer Elissa Ewalt, Supervising Producer Jennifer Hyde, Executive Director Jody Gottlieb, Managing Editor Kathy Slobogin and Executive Producer Sid Bedingfield.
Special Thanks to the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.
http://www.stateart.com/productions/disabilities/autismisaworld/ 


Documentary "Song of Our Children" Available on DVD, VHS
(From Landlocked Films)
How do schools successfully include children with disabilities in classrooms with non-disabled peers? In SONG OF OUR CHILDREN, we meet teachers, parents, and students whose daily routines exemplify what "educational inclusion" means and what it takes to make it work. This moving portrayal of four memorable children -- preschool through high school -- reveals the challenges, strategies, and benefits of inclusion for all.
The "Songs of our Children" documentary is available directly from Landlocked Films at http://www.landlockedfilms.com/Order%20a%20Video.htm for $34 dollars (DVD or VHS). Cost includes media mail shipping.
Learn more about the Boulder, Colorado, production company Landlocked Films, at http://www.landlockedfilms.com/index.htm


MEDICARE IMPROVES ACCESS TO POWER WHEELCHAIRS AND SCOOTERS
(Courtesy of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS))
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced new national coverage criteria for mobility assistive equipment (MAE) including power wheelchairs and scooters. The new criteria, which are effective immediately, adopt a function-based determination of medical necessity. This determination looks at the ability of the beneficiary to safely accomplish mobility-related activities of daily living, such as toileting, grooming, and eating, with and without the use of mobility equipment such as a wheelchair. The national coverage determination (NCD) addresses the full range of MAE from simple canes and walkers to sophisticated power wheelchairs.
Read the rest of the CMS press release at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1446


Medicare Policy on Coverage of Power Wheelchairs, Scooters, Draws Fire
(From Senior Journal)
Medicare Policy on Coverage of Power Wheelchairs, Scooters, Draws Fire
Advocate says it is antiquated and illegal; industry sees problems but says it's step in right direction
May 7, 2005 - Medicare announced the final criteria for coverage of mobility assistive equipment (MAE), which includes wheelchairs and scooters, this week and the reactions, as expected, were not all favorable. The primary objections were about requirements that the devices must be necessary in the home. Robert M. Hayes, president of the Medicare Rights Center said it is an "antiquated and illegal policy that will keep tens of thousands of Americans in cruel and unnecessary isolation."
The Restore Access to Mobility Partnership (RAMP), an industry group, said, "Our initial response is to express some disappointment in several areas." In general, however, they concluded, "Clearly, this is a step in the right direction. However, we fear that some beneficiaries in need of mobility equipment may still fail to receive it under this new coverage policy.
Read more about this controversial policy at http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Medicare/5-05-07Wheelchairs.htm


The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Parent Public Policy Fellowship Program 2006
(From The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation)
The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation is seeking parents of persons with intellectual disabilities for an intensive, one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, DC. During this one year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by Congress, or how programs are administered and regulations promulgated by federal agencies.
Each year the Foundation brings a parent or close family member of a child with a disability to Washington, DC for a full year, where they actively participate in public policy development through work on the staff of a member of Congress, congressional committee, or federal agency. Former Parent Fellows describe the Fellowship as a major turning point in their lives. The year offers exciting opportunities to be involved in policy and legislative development in key areas such as special education, health and mental health care for persons with intellectual disabilities, child care, housing, justice, child welfare, employment and other areas related to improving the quality of life for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Since its founding in 1946, the Foundation has supported the creation of programs of national significance for persons with intellectual disabilities, their families and their communities. In carrying out its mission, the Foundation has consistently worked with national leaders who understand the realities of government. The Foundation appreciates the infinite need for leadership on disability issues in the government and public policy arenas.
In response to this need, the Foundation initiated the Public Policy Fellowship Program in 1980 and the Parent Public Policy Fellowship Program in 1995. Kennedy Fellows receive first-hand knowledge and experience in the development of public policy and the opportunity to hone their skills in challenging new environments.
Former Kennedy fellows have gone on to pursue careers as leaders in university centers, non-profit advocacy and service organizations, Congressional staff and Federal political appointments.
The successful applicant's background will include distinguished involvement in efforts to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and other disabilities at the regional, state or national level. Salaried experience in the field is not required. The expectation is that fellows will become leaders in the field of disabilities and will return home after their year in Washington to make significant contributions to policy and program development in their home state.
Completed applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by September 1, 2005.
For more details on the Parent Public Policy Fellowship Program 2006, go to http://www.jpkf.org/fellow.html


Incight™ Fellow Scholarships for students with disabilities
Our Incight™ Fellow Scholarship Program is a long-term commitment to students entering and attending college.
Requirements are as follows:
o Physical disability, including sight, hearing and learning disabilities
o 2.5 GPA (minimum)
o Essay of 250 word max (please see application for subject matter)
For more information, visit: http://www.incight.com/incight/edu1.html 


BullyOnLine-Resources for Information on Bullying and Prevention Strategies
(From Bully OnLine)
Based in the UK, and founded by Tim Field, a bully survivor, Bully OnLine is the world's largest resource on workplace bullying and related issues including stress, trauma, PTSD and bullying-related suicide. Vist the website to learn more about bullying and harrassment prevention, and find advice, resources, and support. Bully OnLine is a project of the Field Foundation.
Check out Bully OnLine at http://www.bullyonline.org/


JUDGE ALLOWS LEARNING DISABILITIES CASE TO GO TO TRIAL
05/13/05 7:20 PDT, OAKLAND (BCN)
A lawsuit seeking special accommodations for students with learning disabilities when they take medical school admission tests will proceed to trial after an Alameda County Superior Court judge denied a motion that sought to dismiss the case.
Read the article at: http://cbs5.com/localwire/localfsnews/bcn/2005/05/13/n/HeadlineNews/DISABILITY-RULING/resources_bcn_html 


MEDSCAPE Safety Alerts 2005
MRL Inc. AED20 Automatic External Defibrillators
Audience: Emergency healthcare professionals and Cardiologists
MRL Inc. and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a voluntary worldwide recall of 597 AED20 Automatic External Defibrillators manufactured between February and July of 2004. The AED20 may display a "Defib Comm" error message during use resulting in a failure of the device to analyze the patient's ECG and deliver the appropriate therapy which prevents the defibrillator from resuscitating a patient. The company has received 12 related complaints with this specific group of AED20's, including one instance which may have prevented patient resuscitation.

LifeScan, Inc. OneTouch Ultra, InDuo and OneTouch FastTake Blood Glucose Meters
Audience: Healthcare professionals and consumers
LifeScan, Inc, initiated a worldwide notification to all users of its OneTouch Ultra, InDuo and OneTouch FastTake Meters. LifeScan found that it was possible for consumers, in the course of setting their meter's date and time, to accidentally change the unit of measure and thereby misinterpret their blood glucose results. The notification program includes letters to registered users and health care professionals, and also special instructions inserted in each package of test strips. The products are distributed worldwide primarily through retail pharmacy and mail order channels.
Reviewed by Gary D. Vogin, MD
For additional information, visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/SAFETY/2005/safety05.htm#MRL 


Advocacy Articles - Tactics & Strategies: How to Disagree with the IEP Team Without Starting WW III
Many parents have questions about what to do when they are presented with an IEP that is not appropriate for their child.
You should advise the IEP team that you don't think the IEP is appropriate, that it does not provide your child with enough help or the right kind of help. You should use facts to support your position (i.e., facts from an evaluation of your child from a private sector evaluator, graphs of your child's test scores).
Be polite but firm.
Read the complete article at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/strategy.disagree.htm 


Advocacy - How to Solve Parent-School Problems & Protect Relationships
"View your relationship with the school as a marriage without the possibility of divorce." - Pam Wright
"Our seven-year old child has autism. After his aide told us that he has not received all the speech language and OT services called for in his IEP, we wrote letters demanding that the school make up the missing sessions."
"Now the teacher and special ed supervisor are angry with the aide. They told her that she cannot tell us anything that goes on at school. Doesn't the aide have a right to communicate with us? Is there any law we can refer to?"
Read the complete article at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/advo.probs.protect.htm 


Learning to Negotiate is Part of the Advocacy Process
by Brice Palmer, Advocate
Negotiating solutions to disputes and/or claims saves time and money. Most of our experience is in the civil area, but the techniques and skills in special education cases are the same. By using these techniques, we rarely are forced to take a special ed case all the way to a hearing.
Here are a few techniques that have worked for us. Perhaps they will be helpful for you.
Read the tips at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/tips/palmer_negotiation_process.htm 


It's My Life: Employment, A Guide for Transition Services From the Casey Family Foundation
(From The Casey Foundation)
Career and employment success for young people from foster care is rooted in an ongoing journey connecting parents, caregivers, friends, mentors, advocates, communities, schools, and employers. Specific tools and strategies can help in this process. Expanding on the It's My Life transition framework, this practical, concise handbook is intended for child welfare professionals and others responsible for helping young people prepare for transition to adulthood and the workplace.
This guide provides the following recommendations to help prepare young people for employment:
· Start early to develop employability
· Cultivate interests and skills, and relate them to future employment
· Promote activities that help young people explore careers
· Build job-readiness skills
· Help young people get and keep jobs
· Promote work-related education and training after high school
It's My Life: Employment provides benchmarks for career exploration and techniques for job seeking. It breaks out the benchmarks by age group and lets young people describe their successes in their own words. It also provides a wealth of links to online tools and assessments and many suggestions for taking advantage of community resources. It's My Life: Employment was published in 2004 by Casey Family Programs.
It is available in printed form, and for download in PDF format at
http://www.casey.org/NR/rdonlyres/36883AA6-AFE7-49CD-830D9DA455740657/278/ItsMyLifeEmploymentGuide1.pdf


Resource Links From Freedom Scientific
(Courtesy of Freedom Scientific Inc.)
Freedom Scientific, Inc. was created in 2000, by combining three companies in the assistive technology arena. The company is divided into two groups: the Learning Systems Group and the Blind/Low Vision Group. The company's mission is to develop, manufacture and market innovative technology-based products and services that those with vision impairments and learning disabilities use to change their world.
In addition to information about the company's trademark WYNN and TestTalker software, Freedom Scientific offers a variety of useful links for teachers, AT professionals and others, on the Freedom Scientific website at http://www.freedomscientific.com/LSG/resources/industry_links.asp


Medication Combined With Behavior Therapy Works Best For ADHD Children, Study Finds
(Courtesy of Science Daily)
Source: University at Buffalo
In fact, when the two are combined, the study showed, the amount of medication required to achieve the same results as use of medication alone can be reduced by two-thirds.
"One of the major findings of the study is that when using behavior modification, you can get away with tiny, tiny doses of medication, much lower than previously thought," said ADHD researcher William E. Pelham, Jr., University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, UB College of Arts and Sciences and UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The study is the first to test the effectiveness of a new drug treatment, a methylphenidate (MPH) patch. Methylphenidate is the stimulant used in pill form by ADHD drugs Concerta and Ritalin.
The study is published in the May issue of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. It was funded by a grant from Noven Pharmaceuticals. Shire Pharmaceuticals Group, which purchased the rights to the MPH patch from Noven, will seek FDA approval for the MPH patch in 2006.
Read more of this article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050506155008.htm


Study Finds ADHD Improves With Sensory Intervention
Preliminary findings from a study of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show that sensory intervention -- for example, deep pressure and strenuous exercise -- can significantly improve problem behaviors such as restlessness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Of the children receiving occupational therapy, 95 percent improved. This is the first study of this size on sensory intervention for ADHD.
The Temple University researchers, Kristie Koenig, Ph.D., OTR/L, and Moya Kinnealey, Ph.D., OTR/L, wanted to determine whether ADHD problem behaviors would decrease if underlying sensory and neurological issues were addressed with occupational therapy. Their study, "Comparative Outcomes of Children with ADHD: Treatment Versus Delayed Treatment Control Condition," will be presented Friday, May 13, at the American Occupational Therapy Association meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
Read the article at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050513103548.htm 


A Little Luxury Goes a Long Way--Best Bath, Luxurious Bathing Units for People of All Abilities
(From Best Bath)
Boise, Idaho's Best Bath Systems (a division of Fiberglass Systems) proudly offers Access products. The fiberglass shower units, soaking tubs, and jetted tubs are classified according to access level, ADA, Barrier-free, and Assisted-Living. The Best Bath website provides lists of product reference codes, dimensional drawings, and a product gallery.
Check out the Access line at http://www.best-bath.com/products/access/access.htm
Browse the entire Best Bath site at http://www.best-bath.com/index.htm


CSU gets an 'A' for access
Disabled cite few problems getting around
By NIKOLAUS OLSEN
To be an institution that welcomes all, Colorado State University must first make sure that its 30,000 students, faculty and staff can access all buildings on campus.
Read the article at: http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050516/NEWS01/505160323/1002 


Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs
Downloadable and very printable, these PDFs are extremely useful.
· Lined Paper
Lined Paper PDF Generator - Just horizontal lines. I needed this a while back, so I figured other people might also need it.
· Graph Paper
Graph Generator Lite - Specify the number of squares you want - and the size of them.
· Plain Graph Paper PDF Generator - Set your border and grid spacing (i.e. 4 lines per cemtimemter) to get as much graph as possible on your paper.
And many, many more at: http://www.incompetech.com/beta/plainGraphPaper/ 


Virtual Drum Kit can be played by mouse or keyboard
Visit http://www.kenbrashear.com/ 


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