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Semi-Monthly e.News – November 1, 2003
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CDS Sponsors National Summit in Washington D.C.

The National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) hosted a national summit that focused on increasing employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities on September 16, 2003 in Washington D.C.  See URL:  Additional information located on the College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, “Dean’s Update” -



Wendy S. Brower: Try a new view of working-age people with disabilities
Eighty-seven percent of businesses that have hired people with disabilities would encourage others to do likewise. In the information age of the 21 st century, employers are looking for brains, not brawn.

Disability Employment 101: Learn to Tap Your "HIRE" Potential

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2003, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a guide to acquaint business leaders with programs and resources available to assist them in hiring people with disabilities.


Teen With Congenital MD Wins National Playwriting Award

“Get Ready to Walk and Roll” began life as a creative writing assignment that Amanda needed in order to graduate with her class from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe.


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars Scholarship Program for College Students with Disabilities – Spring Deadline, November 15, 2003

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is pleased to announce a new initiative to help increase employment for students with disabilities through an academic internship program. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, The Washington Center is working to help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable work experience in public service.


“Artists Mean Business in Hawai‘i” - Interested in Career Opportunities in the Arts for People with Disabilities?


FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2003, 3-7:30 P.M.


Established Oahu artists and others with and without disabilities will discuss programs available and assistance needed for mentoring, vocational training, and small business marketing in all aspects of the arts industry. Contact, Phyllis Meeks at 808-956-5715.


EEOC Releases New ADA Fact Sheet For Job Applicants with Disabilities
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new fact sheet designed to educate job applicants on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects their rights throughout the hiring process. This tool is EEOC's most recent strategy in a series of efforts, under President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, to advance the employment of individuals with disabilities. The fact sheet is available at



Asset Accumulation and Tax Policy for Persons with Disabilities.

November 12, 2003, 2:00 PM Central

So you want to live on your own: What's AT got to do with it?
November 25, 2003, 2:00 PM Central


Full Time Position – Application Deadline November 3rd 2003

Disability Navigator (Full Time Position)

The Disability Navigator will work with People with Disabilities in accessing systems, provisions, programs related to employment;  Provide technical assistance, training to Job Centers on disability related issues; Develop linkages and collaborations within the communities of a 10 country service area in NW WI. Send Cover Letter and Resume to:  Dee Truhn, North Country Independent Living, PO 1245, Superior WI 54880


My Future My Plan: National Campaign

The aim of this outreach effort is to promote advocacy at the national, state, community, and family levels to encourage early transition planning for youth with disabilities for life after high school. Partner organizations will sponsor events at state and community levels throughout 2003 and 2004.


Call for Papers: Deadline November 15, 2003

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

Themes: 'Ethics & Professionalism' and 'Language'

Papers will be featured on the site for four days and a seminar discussion on the theme will be running simultaneously. What we expect from the authors who will be selected is that they produce the paper (with references), a summary/abstract of the paper and that they log into and make contributions to the conference each day during the four days that

their paper will be featured. To register an interest, discuss ideas and for further information contact Judith Mole ( For more information, look under “Institutes/Conferences” in this NTAC e.News.


Undergraduate students who are second semester sophomores through first semester seniors studying at a college or university are eligible to complete an official application.

Applications can be obtained by calling AAPD at (800) 840-8844 (V/TTY) or visiting the AAPD website at Applications may be submitted electronically or via U.S. Postal Service.


AAGEN Chair Testifies Before Congress on
Diversity in the Senior Executive Service
Jasemine Choy Chambers, Chair of the Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), testified Wednesday before the House Subcommittee on Civil Service and Agency Organization on the status of Asian Pacific Americans among senior executives in Federal Government service. Copies of AAGEN's written testimony can be found at

Call for Papers – Deadline November 30, 2003

16th Annual PTI, June 8 - June 12, 2004
Grand Summit Resort Hotel at Mt. Snow (West Dover), Vermont

University of Connecticut’s Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability is committed to promoting equal educational opportunity for adolescents and adults with disabilities.


MySignLink is an internet-based American sign language tool. It allows you to see a sign, signed definition, or picture for many English words and phrases.


Accessible Temporary Events: A Planning Guide

This new guide written by experts at The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University is available only by contacting your DBTAC. Click on your state on the "About the DBTACs " page or call them at 800-949-4232.


Workforce Innovation Networks (WINs)

WINs is a national, multiyear innovative initiative that helps chambers make their workforce development system more market-driven and responsive to the needs of both employers and workers.


Disability Related Conditions

Includes links that will provide you with information on a number of specific diseases or conditions that cause disabilities. Links to many more organizations and to related publications can be found in other sections of this site.


Children With Disabilities

The Children With Disabilities Web site offers families, service providers, and other interested individuals information about advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation, technical assistance, and transportation covering a broad array of developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities.


Able to Work

Consortium is dedicated to increasing the employment of people with disabilities through a coordinated effort of North America's largest employers. Believing that people with disabilities bring value to the workplace, Consortium partners will provide the leadership necessary to infuse effective employment practices for workers with disabilities in our global economy.


6th Annual Conference of the U.S. Business Leadership Network – November 5-7, 2003

San Francisco, California

This year's program will emphasize best practices and informational sessions designed to assist employers to more effectively employ people with disabilities.


The Community Connection: Caring for the Medically Fragile / Technology Dependent Child – November 7-8, 2003

Honolulu, Hawaii

This symposium is targeted at Physicians, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, the Department of Health, Human Services and Education, Respiratory Therapists, Parents, Respite Care Givers, Case Managers and Social Workers.  To register, call Straub Foundation at 808-524-6755.



Bethesda, Maryland

This year's Annual Meeting and Conference theme, Strength in Diversity, will offer you an opportunity to engage in a dialogue that embraces and values the full diversity of our Network.


6th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education - November 11 - 14, 2003

University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado

Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for sensory, physical and learning disabilities.



Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Multi-state inclusion conference focused on increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in national service.


Winter Teleconference Series – November 20-December 15, 2003

The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) is proud to offer its winter teleconference series featuring experts in the field of dual diagnosis!


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.


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

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.


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.



Developing the Capacity of Minority Communities to Promote the Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Both researchers and service providers have long struggled with the process of reaching out to minority individuals with disabilities. The Advocacy and Empowerment for Minorities with Disabilities Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been attempting to work in collaboration with minority individuals with disabilities–particularly Latinos and African Americans–over the last ten years.


The Development of an Individualized Marketing Strategy for Job Development for People with Severe Disabilities

Over the last 20 years, supported employment has proven to be a successful means to employment for thousands of people. However, the number of people with severe physical and communication disabilities who are employed because of supported employment remains low, less than 10% (Wehman, 1995).


The Decline in Employment of People with Disabilities: A Policy Puzzle

David C. Stapleton and Richard V. Burkhauser, Editors

Cornell University

Researchers agree that the employment rate for working-aged people with disabilities declined during the 1990s. What they don't agree on is the main cause for this decline.


Disability Employment 101: Learn to Tap Your 'HIRE' Potential
This guide includes information about how to find qualified workers with disabilities, how to put disability and employment research into practice and how to model what other businesses have done to successfully integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce.  Among other things, the 56-page guide provides information regarding department-funded vocational rehabilitation agencies, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers, and Centers for Independent Living. It also includes checklists and various other resources to aid employers as they prepare to employ people with disabilities.


Grading Students with Disabilities

Research tells us what kinds of grading adaptations can produce fair and meaningful grades for all students.



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