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Semi-Monthly e.News – July 15, 2003
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July NTAC-AAPI Discussion Forum Topic

The NTAC-APPI staff has started the discussion forum topic "Share your Story: Trials, Tribulations, and Successes on the Path to Employment". To join in (or just to read) use your web browser to go to: and click ‘Discussion Forum’. You don't have to register or sign in, and you can choose to receive email for newly posted messages -- just click the Subscribe button when you get there.

Private/Public Partnerships Webcast - July 21st, 2-2:45 PM, ET

This webcast will highlight a model business development program that is designed to increase the hiring, advancement and retention of people with disabilities. The model was developed by the collaboration of business representatives, rehabilitation providers, local corporate leaders, and state vocational rehabilitation professionals. The goal of this private - public partnership model is to provide a business development program that can be replicated in other regions across the country.


Job Bank: Health Forum Development Director

The Asian & Pacific Health Forum is a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program and research efforts to improve the health and well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. APIHF

is looking for a development director who will be based in San Francisco to plan, implement and manage fundraising, oversee communications and marketing functions, publication of the annual report, fundraising materials, media interactions and the external website.  Send email applications or queries to


ODEP Announces Grant Funding for Innovative Employment Projects
A series of recent grant announcements by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) noted the many promising employment strategies that have increased choice and self-determination for people with disabilities in employment. ODEP plans to award up to six competitive Working for Freedom, Opportunity and Real Choice through Community Employment (WorkFORCE) Action grants.


“America Works Best When All Americans Work” - October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme

Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has selected “America Works Best When All Americans Work” as the official theme for October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month.


Workshop with Urban Miyares, Transpac Crew Member – July 17, 2003

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Wist Annex 123A&B /COE; Thursday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

The National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-APPI) would like to invite you hear Urban Miyares, one of the Transpac crewmembers.  He is a nationally recognized blinded Vietnam veteran with diabetes, entrepreneur, lecturer and educator, author/writer, inventor and patent holder, television/film personality, winner of numerous prestigious awards, world-class athlete, and president of Disabled Businessperson Association – See Honolulu Star Bulletin to read about the Transpacific Yacht Race: Please RSVP: Diane Hino at


Transportation Grants Available
The Community Transportation Association of America and Easter Seals Project ACTION will provide grants for the purpose of establishing community-based plans to expand transportation services for persons with disabilities. Proposals are due July 25.


“LIVE IT UP, LIVE, HAWAI‘I” - August 15, 2003

Beethoven’s Nightmare and other Musicians, Hard Rock Café, Honolulu, HI

Hawaii’s musicians, singers and songwriters and chanters with disabilities will perform with Beethoven’s Nightmare, America's only All-Deaf Professional Rock and Roll Band. VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific, a nationally linked organization launches its “Artists Unlimited” project promoting professional career opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. Advanced tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 27 for $25 each (include dinner pupu and beverage) To reserve your tickets, call Hawaii Services on Deafness in Honolulu at 808-926-4763.


High School/High Tech State Development and Implementation Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the availability of $1.8 million to award up to eight competitive grants in the amount of approximately $225,000 to assist states in implementing the High School/High Tech (HS/HT) program on a statewide basis.


Youth Anthology Call for Submissions - October 15, 2003
Poetry and Artwork by Asian American Youth published by The Asian American Writers' Workshop. An editorial committee consisting of five Asian American teenagers and AAWW's Arts-in-Education Director will review your poetry and artwork.


Working for Freedom, Opportunity and Real Choice Through Community Employment (WorkFORCE) Action Grant Initiative
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the availability of $2.5 million to award up to 6 competitive Working for Freedom, Opportunity and Real Choice through Community Employment (WorkFORCE) Action Grant Initiative grants ranging from approximately $400,000 to $625,000 to continue its support for increasing and improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.



Leading to a Professional Degree, National Certification and State License Graduate Studies Leading to Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with specialization in Rehabilitation of Ethnic Minorities (REM) Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment.  Funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration for enhancing the professional preparation and participation of students, especially those from minority backgrounds, women, and individuals with disabilities to address– Section 21 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.  Qualified Students will receive Scholarships of $14,875 per year (including Graduate Assistantship of $5,500) covering: tuition fees, stipend, and book allowance.  For additional information and application materials, contact: Madan Kundu, Coordinator and Professor/Project Director– Rehabilitation Counseling, Phone: 225 771 2990, Fax: 225 771 2293,






In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today launched two new online health resources of special interest to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. The new Web sites expand on the department's Steps to a Healthier US initiative, which underscores the President's call to action for healthy lifestyles through public awareness of disease prevention efforts.


 CD Title: Facilitating Competitive Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

During 2002, the RRTC on Workplace Supports introduced a live webcast series. The series featured six nationally known individuals speaking on topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities. Each webcast also included a lecture, PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and other valuable resources. Now, you can purchase the series on CD.


On the Net Disability Sensitivity Training
A free online course is now available to help business leaders, employees and others learn how to interact comfortably with people who have disabilities.  The web-based course is a joint effort by the Governor's Council for Developmental Disabilities, which is part of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, and the Georgia Disability Advocate Consulting Group, Inc., a private firm that conducts seminars for businesses.


America's One-Stop System

The One-Stop program connects employment, education, and training services into a coherent network of resources at the local, state, and national level.


The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

First and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members.


The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (ELA)

The vision of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (ELA) is to change the face of disability on the planet. In order to accomplish this vision, ELA’s mission is to promote, through grants and scholarships, the inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of arts, advocacy and education.


CAST: Universal Design for Learning Institutes

Training Opportunities: Universal Design, Access to the General Curriculum, and Technology, Mon-Tues-Wed, July 21- 23 or August 18-20, 2003. Address the challenge of meeting the needs of diverse learners by making curriculum and course materials accessible for ALL! Professionals are invited to attend 3-day hands-on workshops that highlight Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an instructional approach to teaching through flexible applications of technology tools, networks, and digital content. Call Leslie O'Callaghan at 888-858-9994, ext. 273,, or register online


US National Conference on Supported Employment – July 20-23, 2003
The Association for Persons in Supported Employment’s Annual conference will be held in San Diego on July 20-23. Titled Taking Charge in Turbulent Times, it will feature survival strategies for employment organizations facing programmatic and funding cuts, budget crisis, new competition, and tough economies.


A National Conference Call to Centers for Independent Living - July 29, 2003

1:00  to 3:00 pm Eastern Time, noon to 2:00 pm Central Time, 11:00 am to1:00 pm Mountain Time, 10:00 am to noon Pacific Time

This session is FREE through the RILLMI project, but there is a small cost* for long distance. During this telephone conference call, Cary Griffin will demonstrate how the wealth of community and collaborative efforts (driven by individual leadership!) are the antidote to hard times. Cary Griffin is the Director of Special Projects at the Rural Institute's Adult Community Services and Supports Department. Registration deadline: Thursday, July 24. For more information, contact: Nancy Maxson at or 406-243-2458. *The National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI) will pay for a long-distance call fee if AAPI persons with disabilities want to participate in this training – call 808-956-5048 or email


Youth Leadership Forums: Developing Leadership Skills in Youth with

Disabilities Teleconference Call - July 31, 2003, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This teleconference highlights the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) sponsored by

the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The presenters will share an overview and history of YLF and how national efforts can impact and influence the further development of YLFs to continue on an annual basis. To join the call, dial 703-871-3092 and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.



APALA National Convention - August 7-10, 2003

Los Angeles, California

The National Executive Board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO issued a call to the Seventh Biennial National Convention, to be held August 7 to 10 in Los Angeles, California. The theme of this year's convention will be, "Strengthening Our Voices for Worker Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Civil Rights."


Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series - August 11, 2003

This webcourse provides an extensive overview of supported employment and how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with significant disabilities. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all course work assignments (CEUs and CRCs will be available for those who complete the coursework. The next section of the course will begin August 11, 2003 (14 weeks to complete 6 sessions).


"Best Practices in E-Learning Online Conference" - August 13 & 14, 2003

The latest e-Learning technologies and practices will be used in this conference to make this event accessible to more people from around the world than a traditional face-to-face conference could be. For more information visit or

contact Rod Corbett at 403-220-6199 or


World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities - SEPTEMBER 18 - 20, 2003

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

The World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD), a precedent-setting annual international conference and trade event, is intended to educate, inform and provide a useful exchange of ideas for persons with disabilities and special healthcare needs and those involved in their care and development.



ANNOUNCING A NEW NATIONAL JOURNAL: AAPI Nexus - Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center is pleased to announce the launching of a new journal focused on applied social science research for and on the diverse and growing Asian Pacific American community.




Asian American politics transcend simple questions of voting behavior and elective office, going all the way back to early immigration laws and all the way forward to ethnic targeting.  For the first time, this book brings together original sources on key topics influencing Asian American politics, knit together by expert scholars who introduce each subject and place it in context with political events and the greater emerging literature.


Factors that Influence Employer Decisions in Hiring and Retaining an Employee with a Disability

Graffam, Shinkfield, Smith, & Polzin  (2002) investigated factors that influence employer decisions when hiring or retaining persons with disabilities.  Employers in Australia completed a questionnaire that ranked 38 different factors.  Employers participating in the study had employed a person with a disability through a funded disability employment service during the preceding three years (1996 – 1998).


A Behavioral Intervention to Improve Work Performance in Schizophrenia: Work Behavior Inventory Feedback

Most people with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses want to work and evidence is mounting that they can gain competitive employment with sufficient accommodations and supports. After two decades of research, supported employment can now be regarded as evidence based practice that is referred in most cases to what Bond has described as gradualistic approaches to rehabilitation.



The most comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of demographic and cultural changes in the Asian Pacific America and includes the latest census information. The book includes the first analysis of census socioeconomic data on the Asian Pacific American population and the first demographic analysis of the fast-growing mixed race/ethnicity population in the Asian-American community.


Wage Outcomes Compared in Sheltered Work Versus Supported Employment
In a recent study reported by InfoLines, two groups of individuals with disabilities, those in community employment, and those in sheltered work, controlling for various conditions and characteristics, were compared. Mean cumulative earnings of the SE group across a seven-year post-closure were 2.27 times those in sheltered employment.


Longitudinal Outcomes in Vermont’s Consumer Choice Demonstration Project (1993 – 1999)

Hartnett, Collins, & Tremblay (2002) examined strategies, which provided “increased choice” to service recipients in the Vermont state vocational rehabilitation process from 1993 - 1999.  The study compared costs, services received as well as employment outcomes for people served in the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or Section 110 and its Consumer Choice Demonstration Project.


Employment Rates of People with Disabilities

Since the primary employment market is considered to be those aged 18-64, this age range is used to measure employment rates. Of those aged 18-64, people with disabilities are much less likely to be employed (either full-time or part-time) than people without disabilities (32% versus 81% respectively). This gap of 49 percentage points is the largest of all the gaps, and may help to explain the persistence of other gaps in income, entertainment, and health care.


Supported employment for people who are deaf: An overview of the unique needs and challenges

Hansen (1999) reviews the specialized needs of deaf individuals in supported employment. The primary focus will be the discussion of common challenges and strategies for effectively providing services to deaf people; both those with disabilities, and those who have immigrated to the United States from developing countries. Inclusion into the workplace, successful assessment, job placement, and ongoing support strategies will also be discussed.



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