DDD Research Award

A new award category of the Division on Developmental Disabilities is the Research Award. The Research Award is to be given annually to an individual, or group of individuals, in recognition of outstanding basic and/or applied research in the area of developmental disabilities. The criteria for selection are as follows:

The research on which the nomination is made has been published within a peer-refereed journal during the 2 years prior to the year in which the award is being given. No of articles “in press” will be considered.

The article will be a primary research report (reflecting any research methodology), a meta analysis, or a research review. It may not be a theoretical paper, a position or issue statement on penny stocks, or any other topic.

The article will have broad implications for practice that are likely to impact the field of developmental disabilities.

To nominate an individual or self-nominate for this award, submit the following materials to the chair of the DDD Awards Committee by January 15 of each year:

Three clear copies of the photocopied article from the journal in which it appeared.

Letter of nomination in which nominator provides an assessment of how the study extends the knowledge base in the field of developmental disabilities, how the research can lead to research-based practices, and/or how the research supports evidenced based practices in developmental disabilities. (The nomination letter is not to exceed three pages in length.)

Complete name, title, address and email address, and telephone information for nominee(s).

Complete name, title, address and email address, and telephone information for the person making the nomination.

A three-person subcommittee of the DDD Awards Committee will review all articles submitted to determine if the nomination is in accordance with the award guidelines. Then the subcommittee will screen the pool of articles submitted and create a short list. Evaluations of the selected articles will be solicited from appropriate scholars in the field. A summary of findings and recommendations will be transmitted to the DDD Awards Committee who will make the award decision.

CEC-DDD Awards

The Division on Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children is pleased to provide for the annual recognition of individuals and subdivisions through a number of awards, as listed below:

The BURTON BLATT HUMANITARIAN AWARD is available to honour an individual who is a member of DDD, and who has demonstrated exceptional effort in furthering the cause of persons with mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities.

The LEGISLATIVE AWARD is available to honour an individual who has been involved in the development, support, and/or enactment of legislation designed to meet the needs of persons with mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. The person need not be a member of DDD.

The TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD is available to recognize a special education teacher or regular classroom teacher from each subdivision for exceptional performance in supporting students who have mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. The teacher need not be a member of DDD, and each state/provincial subdivision is encouraged to nominate an individual for this award.

The PARAEDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD is available to recognize a paraeducator from each subdivision who participates as a member of the teaching team, and who exhibits exemplary personal and professional skills in supporting students who have mental retardation/cognitive disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. The paraeducator need not be a member of DDD, and each state/provincial subdivision is encouraged to nominate an individual for this award.

In addition to the individual awards available, the JOHN W. KIDD SUBDIVISION AWARD may be given annually to the subdivision that has shown exceptional performance during the past year. Criteria used can include: increases in membership, innovative programming, and participation of members in related activities beyond the subdivision level.

The RESEARCH AWARD is to be given annually to an individual, or group of individuals, in recognition of outstanding basic and/or applied research in the area of developmental disabilities. For more information on the criteria for this award, please see RESEARCH AWARD.

Please note: Any CEC-DDD member may nominate individuals for the BURTON BLATT HUMANITARIAN AWARD, the LEGISLATIVE AWARD or the RESEARCH AWARD. Only subdivision presidents may nominate individuals for the TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD and the PARAEDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD; additionally, subdivision presidents may apply for consideration for the JOHN W. KIDD SUBDIVISION AWARD, by writing to the chairperson of the DDD Awards Committee.

Nominations/applications, accompanied by appropriate supporting data/information to allow the selection committee to judge the suitability of the individual or subdivision as a candidate for the award, must be submitted for consideration NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15, 2006.

Please note that awards nominations must be submitted by DDD members, and that awards are presented during the DDD Annual Business Meeting at the Annual CEC Convention, only during a year when nominations meet the stated criteria.

Monograph Series from DDD!

The Division on Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce the publication of a series of works in developmental disabilities. These four reference books, edited by Robert Sandieson, Val Sharpe, and Jack Hourcade and published by PRO-ED, will be essential for anyone concerned with fundamental issues related to developmental disabilities.

The editors reviewed approximately 1500 articles from DDD’s journal Education and Training in Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities published from 1966-2004, and selected the finest efforts of writers in the field. Articles were chosen based on historical significance; contemporary value; representation of the cross-section of theories, research approaches and methodologies within a category; and representation across the lifespan. The articles were then grouped into four books.

Social and Communication Skills in Developmental Disabilities

This book provides a variety of effective approaches for enhancing social skills and functional communication for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Assessment and Instruction in Developmental Disabilities

Two of the most frequently published topics in the journal are assessment and instruction. This book emphasizes psychometrics and functional assessment procedures, and practical instructional strategies for learners with developmental disabilities.

Foundations, Teachers, and Families in Developmental Disabilities

This book covers definitional issues in developmental disabilities, preparation of special education teachers and paraprofessionals, and family issues such as coping and ethnicity.

Inclusion and Employment in Developmental Disabilities

This book provides proven approaches for enhancing inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in schools and communities. Topics include peer acceptance, friendship, and adult inclusion in community and vocational settings.

DDD members will be eligible for special discounts on the books (to be available through PRO-ED and CEC Publications), as well as for special package discounts for all four books.

There are many successful traders who made it big with penny stocks. The charm of penny stocks can be great for us all. If one of those trades would just take off it could be the difference between buying a Porsche or a Toyota. You can find penny stocks to buy now if you are motivated enough. But if you are not, here are a few penny stock stories.


Peter Leeds


Peter Leeds is the most trusted personality in penny stocks. Major financial media companies have covered him. He is also known as the Penny Stock Professional.


He was 14 years old when he made his first trade. He invested all of his $3,600 into a company which he didn’t know anything about. The share price began to fall immediately after he bought the stock. After losing all his money in one trade, he started to learn. Leeds developed a method to make back his starting funds hundreds of times over.


His penny stock fortunes came from the conclusion that the most profitable method is long-term investing in high-quality cheap stocks. He made hundreds of thousands of dollars on most of his trades.


Timothy Sykes



Another investor who became a penny stock millionaire by the age of 22. He turned $12,000 into $3.53 million over a few years by day-trading penny stocks. Then he founded a hedge fund which became the number one ranked short bias fund for 3 years. Trader Monthly named him Top 30 Under 30 in 2006.


But his fund lost 35% of its capital. After that, he starred in the Wall Street Warriors documentary. The show’s popularity inspired him to start a publishing company which creates educational financial newsletters. He started trading again from $12,000 and he turned it into $211,000 after 6 years, making him the number one ranked trader on Covestor.


He has been featured on every major financial media outlet. As a part of his battle against pump-and-dump schemes, Shaquille O’Neal sent him a cease-and-desist letter after Timothy Sykes blasted him for buying shares of a questionable penny stock. This stock later dropped 99%.


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Tim Grittani And Timothy Sykes – Source: CNNMoney


Tim Grittani


While in college, Tim looked for easy ways to make money. He played poker and made wagers on sports games. He won $9,000 on a bet, but lost all of that soon and decided to quit gambling. So he tried stock trading.


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Tim Grittani started by learning from Timothy Sykes how to trade stocks. At the age of 21 he began day trading penny stocks with $1,500 of his life savings. Because of his limited capital, he decided that he was going to focus on buying penny stocks. He didn’t want to deal with expensive stocks like Google or Apple as he didn’t have enough money.


Three years later he accumulated $1 million in profits. He spends the entire trading day in front of a computer, buying and selling stocks at the right time. The trade that pushed the value of his portfolio over $1 million was when he shorted a stock that had been the target of a pump-and-dump scheme.


Penny Stock Screeners



Stock screeners are automated online tools that allow you to specify certain parameters, such as share price, market capitalization, industry group, stock exchange, etc., and return a list of stocks that meet those criteria. Screeners can reduce the potential penny stock investments down to hundred, or even a few dozen high-quality stocks. When you decide on a parameter, for example shares between 1 and 5 dollars, the screener eliminates stocks that don’t meet your criteria.

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There are many free stock screeners through the financial websites. Many  online brokers provide them as well, although you usually need to have an account with them. Some screeners focus on fundamental analysis while others specialize in pattern recognition (charts) or technical analysis. For a fee, you can subscribe to stock screeners with more advanced features. Here are 6 free stock screeners that will help you find the best penny stocks to buy now.




best penny stocks to buy now Probably the best feature of UncleStock is that you can choose from many predefined screens based on popular fundamental analysis methodologies. There is the “Graham checklist”, “Greenblatt top” and – especially useful for penny stock traders – the “OTC top”, which generates the list of the best over-the-counter stocks. The screens also include stocks from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.




If you plan to find the best penny stocks today, you should definitely try out the Trade-Ideas screener. At the bottom of the page you can search for OTC and Pink Sheet stocks, and you can look for Canadian penny stocks on TSX and TSX-V.




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The FINVIZ screener breaks down the search parameters into 3 sections (or tabs): Descriptive, Fundamental, and Technical. You can set requirements for volume, company strength, current price performance, along with hundreds of other criteria. Also, you can choose from preset signals, such as most volatile, new high/low or recent insider buying or selling.


Unfortunately the search is limited to only three exchanges (AMEX, NASDAQ and NYSE), so no cheap stocks on OTC and Pink Sheet stocks. The other drawback of the FINVIZ screener is that you cannot select several parameters within a single category. For example you cannot choose both NYSE and NASDAQ together; you have to run these screens separately.





Zacks is best for thorough fundamental analysis, which is a must if you want to buy penny stocks now. You can choose from lots of financial ratios and earnings estimates. You have to pay for the premium package ($199/year), such as the proprietary “Zacks Rank” which ranks stocks according to how they should perform in the coming months.




With this stock screener you can refine your search based mainly on technical criteria such as how close the share price is to a moving average. Also, you can filter the results by average true range (ATR), price performance, Bollinger bands, etc., and certain proprietary criteria. Very useful option is filtering based on long-term support or resistance. ChartMill also allows you to save your searches so you don’t need to type in the same parameters every time.




This one has lots of predefined technical screens, some common, some special, like Chaikin Money Flow and Aaron Oscillator. There is a custom screener too, where you can select stocks based on your own criteria. The website even offers a seasonality screener, which allows you to see stocks that have performed well in certain months.


Final Note


Finding top penny stocks today that match your personal trading style is a big part of successful investing. Stay with one or two screeners you like, and get used to using it so you always know which penny stocks are providing you with the best opportunity to make a profit.