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Semi-monthly e.News / April – Week 3/4, 2003

~ Announcements

~ Resources

~ Institutes / Conferences

~ Research



Facts for Features from the Census

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2003


In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two key anniversaries: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869). In 1992, Congress expanded the week to a month-long celebration.


12.5 million - Estimated number of U.S. residents as of July 1, 2001, who say they are Asian or Asian in combination with one or more other races. This group comprises 4.4 percent of the total population. During the preceding 15 months, the number of people who were part of this group increased 3.8 percent, more than triple the growth rate of the entire U.S. population. <>


935,600 - Estimated number of U.S. residents as of July 1, 2001, who say they are native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander or native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander in combination with one or more other races. This group comprises 0.3 percent of the total population. During the preceding 15 months, the number of people who were part of this group increased 3.2 percent. <>


Income and Poverty

$53,635 - The annual median income of Asian and Pacific islander households, the highest of any racial group. Their annual income is just under the level reached in 2000 ($57,313 in 2001 dollars), which matched an all-time high. <>


$24,277 - Annual per capita income for Asians and Pacific islanders, after adjusting for inflation, unchanged from 2000. <>


10.2 - Poverty rate for Asians and Pacific islanders, which remains at an all-time low.




47 - Percentage of Asians and Pacific islanders age 25 and over with a bachelor's degree or higher. Asians and Pacific islanders had the highest proportion of college graduates of any race or ethnic group. The corresponding rate for all adults in this age group is 27 percent.  <>


87 - Percentage of Asians and Pacific islanders 25 and over who are high school graduates. The corresponding rate for all adults in this age group is 84 percent.



16 – Percentage of Asians and Pacific islanders 25 and over with an advanced degree (e.g., master's, Ph.D., M.D. or J.D.). This percentage represented 1.3 million Asians and Pacific islanders. The corresponding rate for all adults in this age group was 9 percent.



The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Scholarship Deadline – May 15, 2003

The Organization of Chinese Americans recognizes the lack of access to quality education and resources for underserved communities, including the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Therefore, OCA currently administers three different scholarship programs for Asian Pacific American students and an annual essay contest.

The deadline for all three scholarships and essay contest has been extended to May 15, 2003. The applications are available at OCA's website at <>. Click on the Programs Section and then the Scholarships Section on the side Navigation Bar. OCA encourages applicants to submit their applications online. Eligible for: Ř1000-first place, Ř500-second place, and Ř300-third place.



Tax Incentives For Business

There are three tax incentives available to help employers cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities and to make their places of business accessible for employees and/or customers with disabilities. See url: <> for more information.


Ask a Pro - A resource for vocational rehabilitation counselors serving people with disabilities who desire self-employment.  See url: <>


T-TAP: Training and Technical Assistance for Providers - Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has been awarded a cooperative agreement from The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This cooperative agreement will provide funds for the implementation of a national technical assistance and training effort designed to increase the capacity of Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) and other community-based service providers that currently operate programs that result in segregated work outcomes and non-work options for people with disabilities in the "Special Minimum Wage" program established under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 214(c).  See url: <> for more information.


RealChoices: Access for all, more choice for you - Web site designed to empower people of all ages and abilities giving them the opportunity to make self-determined choices to participate in their communities in ways meaningful to them.  Employment section with links to learning about employment, frequently asked questions, self-employment and starting your own business, supported employment, information about jobs and careers, publicly funded programs providing employment services, legal rights and legal issues related to employment,  one-stop toolkit for serving people with disabilities, employment and social security, career assessment and career counseling, how to find a job, job accommodations and assistive technology.  See url: <>


Audiblox - Audiblox develops a variety of cognitive skills such as concentration, perception, memory and logical thinking. The program is effective in preventing and addressing difficulties in reading, spelling and writing, and a resource for dyslexia and dysgraphia. See url:


Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

The U.S. Labor department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in cooperation with the Department of Defense, now offers a database of more than 1,600 job seekers with disabilities through its Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). Through WRP's complimentary CD-ROM database, employers can search for potential applicants by field of study, state or school, in disciplines ranging from computer sciences and business, to communications engineering and office administration. Searches generate candidate profiles, academic and demographic data, and contact information from applications recruited by the program from more than 180 colleges and universities in over 40 states and territories. The CD-ROM and additional information are available from, or by contacting ODEP at (202) 693-7880.


Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN is a toll-free information and referral service on job accommodations for people with disabilities. It can be reached at 1-800-526-7234 or at


Employer Assistance and Referral Network (EARN)

EARN, a national toll-free telephone and electronic information referral service, helps employers in locate and recruit qualified workers with disabilities. EARN can be

reached at 1-866-Earn Now (1-866-327-6669) or at



Self-Employment for People with Disabilities Conference - May 6, 2003
Provo, Utah

The conference will feature speakers who are experts in the areas of self-employment, entrepreneurship, Social Security work incentives, and vocational rehabilitation. For more information contact Tina Anderson, RISE Inc., (801) 373-1197


Twenty-Ninth Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI) - May 5-6
Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Rehabilitation Services Administration located in the U.S. Department of Education. Participants will review and comment on draft documents on topics related to consumer empowerment and teaching orientation and mobility skills. IRI publications are used in training vocational rehabilitation counselors. Registration is $150. For registration and other information contact Dr. Donald Dew (telephone (202) 972-1550 or email or see <>.


Milestones in Microenterprise: Responding to a Changing Economy - May 16-19, 2003
Denver Marriott City Center, Denver, CO

This conference will offer a number of sessions on essential topics in microenterprise development. There will also be a session on best practices for serving entrepreneurs with disabilities. For more information visit <>.


ADA Symposium and EXPO 2003 - June 3-5
Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Learning tracks include: Employment and the ADA, Accessible Design, State and Local Governments, Community Issues, Accessible Information Techology. Registration: $295 before May 2, 2003; $345 after May 2. For more information, telephone 800-949-4232, email or see <>.


Postsecondary Disability Training Institute - June 3-7, 2003

Mystic, Connecticut

Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut.  The objective of this Training Institute is to assist concerned professionals to meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. For more information, see <>.


Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Institute - June 16-20, 2003
Honolulu, Hawaii

The institute begins with a five-day self-employment conclave at the University of Hawaii-Manoa College of Business Pacific Business and PACE centers. Staff, consumers and others from across the state will attend the institute on self-employment topics. The five-day institute will be led by Dave Hammis and will include guest speakers from local small business development agencies, and local Hawaii rehabilitation experts. It will be based on the native Hawaiian Business principles and guidelines developed by Alu Like Business Development Center in partnership with former employment specialist Wailani Bell who will served as one of the coordinator of the Institute.  E-mail Shannon Simonelli at for more information.
Topics to be covered are: Individualized Self Employment Profiles/Person-Centered Business Planning, Creating a local Self Employment Team using Local Resources and Funding Opportunities, Developing and Testing the Business Idea (Feasibility Studies), Writing the Business Plan (includes personal budget development), Financial Planning and Record Keeping (Cash Flow Analysis, Pricing, Taxes, et al.), Alternative Forms of Business Support, Marketing, Sales, Distribution and Promotion, and Social Security Work Incentives & Ticket to Work in Self Employment.


Cornell University currently is providing web availability of data from the Longitudinal Study of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (LSVRSP) online at <> ; this study was conducted by Research Triangle Institute and the data is being made available to a wider audience through these efforts. This effort is is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.  This data set can be of assistance to researchers and program evaluators wanting to examine the outcomes of state Vocational Rehabilitation Services and better understand the factors that contribute to successful employment. Cornell is also offering a distance learning seminar to accompany the use of this data which is two to three hours in length.  Attached is a flyer which describes the features of this seminar and how to get more information, or contact Susanne Bruyere at e-mail or call 607-255-9536.

Data Sets for Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Research [pdf attached]

Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program - Data Sets for State VR Program Evaluation [pdf attached]



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