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Semi-monthly e.News / May 15, 2003
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~ Announcements

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~ Institutes / Conferences

~ Research



NTAC-AAPI Discussion Forum

The NTAC-APPI staff has started the discussion forum topic "How Can NTAC-APPI Help Individuals with Disability-Related Employment Issues". 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.

University of Hawai‘i Student/Mouth Painter

Shows "Spirit of the Fire" Visual Art Exhibit May 9 – May 30.

In his first solo visual exhibit, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa Pacific Island Studies graduate student and mouth painter Matthew Kaliali‘i Kaopio showcases a body of work that he created over the course the nine years since he became paralyzed in a diving accident on Waipahe‘e Kauai. For more information on Volcano Joe’s Gallery Space, contact Becca Bowen at; or Les Iczkovitz,


Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go! is a FREE project designed for adults with disabilities who want to learn more about themselves and community service opportunities while gaining valuable job-enhancing skills. Participants will be involved in self-development classes, service membership opportunities at AMERICORPS sites and a one-on-one mentorship with a trained mentor. Earn a stipend, bus pass and education award for your efforts. For more information contact Madeline Harcourt, M.A., Ready, Set, Go! Coordinator, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa at 808-956-9392 or email



RESOURCES, the result of this collaborative effort, is the Bush Administration's latest step toward a citizen-centric Federal government. It is a comprehensive online resource specifically designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly. With just a few clicks, the portal provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation, and community life.


National Business & Disability Council

The National Business & Disability Council is the leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.


Office of Employment Support Programs (OESP)

OESP provides a focus within the Social Security Administration on matters affecting the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities. OESP is pledged to ensure that SSA delivers "world class" service to beneficiaries who want to work. This means that they will not only learn about our cash benefit programs, they will also receive accurate information about our employment support programs and where they can get the services they need to make a successful entry into the workforce.


Career and Employment Guide for Job Seekers And Employees with Disabilities

An online guide produced by Robin Jacobs at the Office for Students with Disabilities, Portland Community College, Portland, OR.



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

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.


RESNA 26th International Conference on Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, and Policy - June 19-23
Atlanta, Georgia

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 or see




U.S. Department of Education
A new Web site has been developed by the government's Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) to gather comments and recommendations on research needs for Americans with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education announced Feb 25, 2003. The committee, chaired by Steven James Tingus, director of the Education Department's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), produced the site to help ensure that federal research efforts meet the needs of the disability community. The site can be found at < <> >.


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