National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI)
“to increase employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities” - FUNDED BY: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
e.News – June 15, 2003
You can find this and previous issues of e.News online at http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu
~ Institutes / Conferences
Internet TV Channel and leading assistive technology portal AT508.com, an affiliate on the TVWorldwide.com network, announced it will offer a free live video webcast of the National Town Meeting to Rescue Section 508, to be held June 20, 2003 2:00 PM ET, on-line at www.AT508.com. For more information, contact Dave Gardy, email@example.com, www.tvworldwide.com, (703) 961-9250 ext. 221 John Williams, JMMAW@aol.com, www.at508.com, (703) 404-0071.
President Bush Renews Executive Order on Asian American And Pacific Islanders
3:00-4:30pm Eastern, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, and 12:00 Pacific.
This Web cast will explore the ADA's impact on the employment prospects of
qualified persons covered by the law. The presenters will describe the
predominant economic models of labor market behavior and discrimination and
discuss how those models have been used to develop predictions regarding the
ADA's impact on employment. To link to this Web cast and download accompanying materials visit: http://www.ilru.org/online/index.html. For technical assistance contact a Web cast team member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713/520-0232 (v/tty).
EASI Webcast: DEVELOPING POLICY FOR MAKING DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE
Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler presents a
detailed overview of making distance learning accessible to everyone. Presented
as part of the EASI track and the CSUN Conference in March of 2002.
"Distance learning courses offer opportunities for education and career
enhancement for those who have access to the technologies they employ. However,
even if they have access to assistive technology, some people with disabilities
face barriers to distance learning courses because of the inaccessible design
EASI's Online Courses: JULY
http://easi.cc/workshops.htm and take links to syllabus and registration.
Beginner Barrier-free Web Design: http://easi.cc/workshops/easiweb.htm
This course is a month long and instructor-led, aimed for
those who design web pages but who are not technical HTML editors. We
take the jargon out of accessible web design.
Train the Trainer: http://easi.cc/workshops/train.htm
This course will introduce you to the beginner set of commands you will need to know to get your users started including handouts and tip sheets to jog your memory. You cannot be expert on all these systems.
** Note: In August EASI will offer its course: Barrier-free E-learning which connects to the webcast listed above: http://easi.cc/workshops/bfel.htm
HHS AWARDS NEARLY $3.5 MILLION TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN THE NURSING WORKFORCE
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced the release of 16 grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to support nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The grants will fund scholarships or stipends and pre-entry preparation and retention activities for disadvantaged students, including students from racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented among registered nurses. http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/reinvestmentact.htm.
“LIVE IT UP, LIVE, HAWAI‘I” - August 15, 2003
Beethoven’s Nightmare and other Musicians, Hard Rock Café, Honolulu, HI
Hawai'i 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 www.vsarts.hawaii.edu, 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.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling on all disability organizations to promote public education about its Toll Free Hotline for air travelers with disabilities through their organization newsletters, list-serves and sponsored events. The Toll Free Hotline for disabled air travelers has been in operation since August 2002 and is available for callers from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, seven days a week. Air travelers who want information about the rights of persons with disabilities in air travel or who experience disability-related air travel service problems may call the Hotline to obtain assistance at: 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY).
Successful work experiences and career preparation activities increase a student's chances of obtaining employment upon completion of an academic program.
AccessIT promotes the use of electronic and information
technology (E&IT) for students and employees with disabilities in
educational institutions at all academic levels. http://www.washington.edu/accessit/
JOB DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
Resources on the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities.
Self Employment: From Dream to Reality!
This unique workbook leads readers through the planning and start-up process for starting a small business. With very clear explanation, examples, exercises, and worksheets you learn what it takes to succeed. It is perfect for individuals with little money or business experience and makes intimidating topics easy to understand.
RESNA 26th International Conference on Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, and Policy - June 19-23
RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. For more information, email email@example.com or see http://www.resna.org/conferences
Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment for Artists with Disabilities – June 23 through September 3, 2003
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
This 12-week institute includes lectures, group exercises, case studies, and community fieldwork to develop a business plan and begin self-employment. Weekly sessions will cover business and marketing planning and development, facilitated by UH-Manoa Pacific Business Center faculty, other Honolulu community enterprises, and small business and marketing development experts. Sponsored by VSAarts of Hawaii-Pacific – http://www.vsarts.hawaii.edu, the University of Hawaii’s College of Education - http://www.hawaii.edu/coe/index.html and the National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI) – http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu. For more information, contact Susan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, 808-945-1438.
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long beach, California
More than 500 disabled veterans
will compete in the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world, the 23rd
National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Long Beach, Calif., during July 5-9. For
more information about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, see url: http://www.wheelchairgames.org
AHEAD 2003 26th Annual Conference – July 8-12, 2003
Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas
The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. The Association is a vital resource, promoting excellence through education, communication and training. http://www.ahead.org
The Fourteenth Annual APSE Conference - July 20-23, 2003
San Diego, California
This conference and training event provides an opportunity to work on integrated employment opportunities and supports for people who most need the support on these issues and challenges. http://www.apse.org
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. http://www.wcdexpo.com
International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence – December 4-6, 2003
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. The conference will include sessions related to research and development, practice, products and services and policies. http://www.rerc.ufl.edu
Designing for the 21st Century - An International
Universal Design - March 3-7, 2004
Adaptive Environments, an educational NPO, plans a conference centered on building a dialogue between the developed and developing economies on universal design. http://www.adaptiveenvironments.org/21century/index.php?f=1
RESEARCH / PUBLICATIONS
Technical Assistance Guide: Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities Find and Keep a Job
This Technical Assistance Guide is designed to assist families, transition specialists, employers, and others in helping students with significant cognitive disabilities find and keep a job. http://www.nichcy.org/stuguid.asp#st2
Final Regulations Implementing the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program
(The Ticket to Work Program)
The purpose of the policy brief is to describe the major provisions in the final regulation implementing the new Ticket to Work program. The policy brief serves as a resource for stakeholders interested in implementing the new program. http://www.communityinclusion.org/publications/text/pb8text.html
Continued Employability of Older Adults with Mental Retardation
The primary goal of this project is to examine a range of employment retention practices and worker benefit programs that can aid older adults with MR maintain their employability and gain from worker's earned benefits. http://www.uic.edu/orgs/rrtcamr/research5_1.htm
Job Search Handbook
A complete career planning and job search guide to help identify strengths and abilities, explore career options, and locate job openings in the hidden job market. http://www.trninc.com/jobsearchhandbook.htm
From Stress to Success: Making Social Security Work for Your Young Adult
How does Social Security affect families as their children move into adulthood? The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) conducted a study with parents of high school students with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a Social Security benefit for people who have disabilities and meet income guidelines. This brief shares their experiences and suggests ways that your family can manage SSI and use it to help your young adult plan for a career. http://www.communityinclusion.org/publications/text/to13.html
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