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Semi-Monthly e.News – December 1, 2003
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A bipartisan group of United States Senators are urging President George W. Bush to renew his executive order (Executive Order 13126) continuing the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (the Commission).



Kaiser Family Foundation: Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program – deadline January 30, 2004

Candidates must be either: a rising senior (entering their senior year during internship), or in their senior year of undergraduate study, or have graduated within the last twelve months from an accredited U.S. college or university.


Calling All Exhibitors!

If you are interested in exhibiting your program or product at the 20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, March 29-30, in Honolulu, Hawaii, please email the NTAC-AAPI staff at:


Harold Howe II Youth Policy Fellowship – deadline January 9, 2004

The AMERICAN YOUTH POLICY FORUM (AYPF) of Washington, D.C. announces the 2004 competition for our annual Fellowship award to a promising young scholar or practitioner. The Fellow will carry out a self-designed project on significant issues in youth policy, practice, research or program evaluation, focusing particularly on disadvantaged youth.


3 nations target one design

Japan, China and South Korea have teamed up to develop common design standards for a wide range of products and services that are easy to understand and use, regardless of age or disability.



Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez today announced that more than $740 million in housing assistance grants will be awarded this year to help the nation's very low-income elderly and people with disabilities.


Survey on Use of Medical Equipment

The study is being led by June Isaacson Kailes, Associate Director of Western University's Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions, in Pomona, CA, and Dr. Jill Winters, from Marquette University's College of Nursing in Milwaukee, WI.



The House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation that requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to report to Congress about minority employment practices at its National Laboratories every two years.  This is a huge victory for the Asian American community following the Wen Ho Lee case because it is an acknowledgement by Congress that the employment culture at the DOE National Laboratories needs reform.


Selected Professions Fellowships (AAUW) – Deadline January 10, 2004

Awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year July 1,2004-June 30, 2005 in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.



U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez announced today $50,983,616 million in housing assistance vouchers to 1,336 housing agencies and non-profit organizations.


SPRING 2004 Internship Opportunity - Submission Deadline EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 8, 2003

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) has created a new internship program which seeks to recruit qualified college students with disabilities to intern in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of the federal government. Contact: Jennifer Clinton (phone: 202-336-7569 or email: or Matt Medeiros (phone: 202-336-7571 or email:



Director, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Atlanta, Georgia

Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or other earned doctorate in medicine, public health, or a related discipline. For further information, contact Ms. Clayton at 770-488-1874 or Fax 770-488-1944.


Consumer Specialist II

Center for Independent Living of Broward, Florida

Associates Degree required, Bachelor's preferred in a job related field.  Ability to make minor repairs to assistive devices.  Must possess a CDL license with a "P" endorsement, or be eligible to obtain one within 60 days of hire.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds.  Good organizational and interpersonal skills. FAX resume to (954)722- 9801, attention Terry Keter.


Speech-Language Pathologist

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University

Requires a Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology and 3-5 years of experience as a speech/language pathologist. Tel. 701-858-3361


Special Education Regional Coordinator

Department Of Public Instruction, Bismark, North Dakota

Requires a Master’s degree with a major in an education-related field or a major in another field with an undergraduate major in special education. Tel. 701-328-2262


Disability and Health Team Leader

Atlanta, Georgia

Applicants must possess a Ph.D., or other earned doctorate in medicine, public health, or a directly related field. Applications should be forwarded electronically to Ms. Connie Clayton's E-Mail address at



Career Voyages

Start exploring career options - whether you are in high school, have graduated, have a vocational certificate, have a 2-year or 4-year college degree, or have knowledge and skills acquired through training centers, on-the-job training, or work experience. Fast Facts on . . .WHEN THE JOB CANDIDATE HAS A DISABILITY

Even the most seasoned interviewer may feel less confident when interviewing an applicant with a disability. For those with even less experience, the task can be overwhelming.


The Australian Deaf Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Provides opportunities and industry information for business and professional people with an interest in networking with the D/deaf and hearing impaired community in Australia.


Microsoft Accessibility: Video Case Studies

Videos feature six professionals with disabilities pursuing successful and satisfying careers in business and government using a wide range of accessible technology. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates introduces the video, stating "Creating technology that can work for everyone-including people with disabilities-helps businesses attract and retain the best employees from the widest possible pool of talent and keeps productivity high."


Free Computers for People with Disabilities

The Jim Mullen Foundation provides free computers for people with disabilities.


The Center on State Systems and Employment
A Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) located at the Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP and funded by National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The Center studies how state agencies provide employment supports to people with disabilities.


Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

Frequently asked questions about disabilities assistance.


International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence – December 4-6, 2003

Washington, DC

The International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence will bring together researchers, practitioners, business leaders and people involved in aging policy to focus on these issues.


TASH 2003 Possibilities . . . – December 10-13, 2003

Chicago, Illinois

The TASH conference is the largest and most progressive conference in the United States that focuses on strategies for achieving full inclusion for people with disabilities. This invigorating conference, which brings together the best hearts and minds in the disability movement, features over 450 breakout sessions, exhibits, roundtable discussions, poster sessions and much more.


AYP Conference: Progress and Challenges – December 15, 2003

Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C.

Washington Partners, LLC is thrilled to present a one-day conference on one of the most critical policy areas in education: Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Featured speakers include Jay Mathews of The Washington Post, education researchers, state and district superintendents, principals and teachers.  Register today, as space is limited.  For more information, contact Mairin Brady or Ashley Carlton at, or call (202) 289-3900.


"Diversity Leadership: Healing & Dealing" - January 14-16, 2004

New York, NY

This training is an intensive, participatory three-day experience that provides useful frameworks for working on diversity issues with young people. It offers role plays and other activities to use in a program setting, action plans for organizational interventions, a focused exploration of the situation experienced by young people, a celebration of cultures, and ongoing support mechanisms for practicing diversity leadership.


ATIA 2004 Conference and Exhibition - January 14-17, 2004

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

ATIA 2004 serves as a leading forum for the Assistive Technology community to participate in presentations and discussions about new technology, practical applications, and services.


Supporting Deaf People 2004: An International Online Conference - February 12th - 19th 2004

Themes: 'Ethics & Professionalism' and 'Language

The conference is aimed at all those involved in the support of Deaf people and Deaf people themselves. This includes: Sign Language Interpreters, Communication Support Workers, trainee interpreters and CSWs, lecturers for Deaf people, interpreting agencies and support service providers as well as Deaf students, clients and trainers of interpreters.  For more information, frequently asked questions, papers from the previous

conference, etc. please see:


Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) 41st Annual International Conference -March 17-20, 2004

Atlanta Hilton, Atlanta, Georgia

Come join thousands of other: Parents, Adults with Learning Disabilities, Teachers and other Professionals, for 4 exciting days of learning and sharing!


Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities: "Promises to Keep, Futures to Seek" - March 29 - 30, 2004

Honolulu, Hawaii

Pac Rim 2004 strand topics include Lifelong Inclusion in Education and Community; Technology Across the Ages; Parent Partnerships and Family Supports; Employment and Adult Services; and Body, Mind and Spirit. Hosted by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), University of Hawai`i at Manoa (UCEDD).


The Professional Employment Counselor: An Advocate for Jobseekers and Employers – March 31, 2004



NECA is dedicated to helping people prepare for, enter, understand and progress in the world of work through legislative advocacy, establishing standards and guidelines, showcasing best practices and networking.


TRANSED 2004: 10th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled People – May 23-26, 2—4

Hamamatsu City, Japan

Previous TRANSED conferences have promoted national and local transportation and development policies to include objectives relating to the needs of people with reduced mobility. The 10th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled People is designed to help these objectives with getting into action.

16th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI) - June 8-12, 2004

Grand Summit Resort Hotel ~ Mt. Snow, Vermont

Come learn skills you'll use every day! The objective of this Training Institute is to assist concerned professionals to meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Participants can select from a variety of Strands and Single Sessions taught by experts in the field that provide participants with in-depth information and adequate time for questions and follow-up activities.


The Twentieth Computers and Writing Conference - June 10-13, 2004
Honolulu, Hawaii

Some of the presentation topics include: Languages, Technologies, and Bodies. Intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and different forms of bodily "ability" with technology-based writing. issues of accessibility and adaptive technologies.



Outreach and People with Disabilities from Diverse Cultures: A Review of the Literature

The objectives of the review were to articulate the principal themes of outreach, describe outreach models, illuminate the many challenges to effective outreach, and to document the nature and prevalence of national disability/diversity outreach by the federal government.


Article: Telecommuting may work for you

Telecommuting -- working in a setting other than a corporate office, typically at home -- can be ideal for individuals whose disabilities make it difficult to commute to the workplace.


Fact Sheet: Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act

This fact sheet addresses common questions about how the ADA protects applicants with disabilities. The information in this fact sheet also applies to applicants for federal employment, who are protected from discrimination by Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 501's requirements are the same as those that apply to employers covered by the ADA.


Opportunities for Excellence: Supporting the Frontline Workforce

This 143 page document provides a detailed look at the status of direct service workers today. It includes the views of people with mental retardation, their families', service providers', and advocacy organizations', as well as those of direct support workers themselves.


State Self-Employment Policies:  A Decade of Change

Since the mid-90's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have become more open to self-employment outcomes. This is due to several factors including federally-funded research and demonstration projects, practitioner programs, and legislative changes.


A Better Place: The Contribution of Americans with Mental Retardation to Our Nation's Workforce

The 1998 Report to the President offers recommendations to the nation regarding employment for citizens with mental retardation.


Learning a Living: A Guide to Planning Your Career and Finding a Job for People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Dyslexia

Learning a Living,discusses everything you need to know in order to find a job that emphasizes your strengths and minimizes the effects of your disability.


Fact Sheet on Customized Employment

Customized employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between an employee and an employer in ways that meet the needs of both. It is based on a match between the unique strengths, needs, and interests of the job candidate with a disability, and the identified business needs of the employer or the self-employment business chosen by the candidate.


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