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


Semi-Monthly e.News – October 1, 2003
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Attention Employers!

Have you hired an Asian American or Pacific Islander with disabilities or do you know of any employers who have hired an AAPI in connection with their work with NTAC (receiving information, mentoring, etc)?  NTAC-AAPI would like to invite the person who provides the best employment success stories (#s or anecdotal) to present at the Honolulu Pac Rim Conference in March 2004.


Job Applicants with Disabilities to Benefit from Fact Sheet on Rights Throughout Hiring Process

As National Disability Employment Awareness Month begins, 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.


AAGEN Luncheon - October 16, 2003

Washington, D.C.

The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) cordially invites you to attend a special October Luncheon Meeting which will be held in the Lei Garden Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2003. The restaurant is located at 629-631 H Street NW Washington D.C., and their phone number is (202)-216-9696. Please make your reservation by contacting Suzan Aramaki at or To learn more about AAGEN, visit


Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21st Century – October 15, 2003

On behalf of the National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI) here in Honolulu, Hawaii, we invite you to become a Workplace Mentor to a student or job seeker with a disability. DMD is internationally hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in collaboration with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor and a host of corporate, governmental, and non-profit partners. See url: for information and mentor application form.


Attention Consumers!

Please review and respond to the job postings on the National Business & Disability Council’s web site and submit your resumes to NBDC's National Resume Database.  It's easy for job seekers to apply online, and there is no charge to the applicant.


Deaf Painter DANIEL WANG, - October 10, 6:30-8 P.M.

A selection of original works by Chinese landscape artist Daniel Wang are on display and for sale at the Volcano Joe's Island Bistro gallery during the month of October 2003 hosted by VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific in collaboration with the

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Department of Health Developmental     Disabilities Division and the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Services on Deafness.. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Contact: Kathy Reimers Hawaii Services on Deafness 808-295-0648 for more information.


Call for Papers for the China - U.S. Conference on Educating Students with Special Needs
Taking place in Beijing, China between June 11 and 14, 2004, the U.S. Steering Committee for the 2004 China-U.S. Conference on Educating Students with Special Needs is requesting proposals for papers and interactive presentations.


Postsecondary Education Improvement Fund

To provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education. Applications available: December 10, 2003.


Hawaii Artists with Disabilities Mentored as Art Teachers by Professional Artists-Educators – September through December
Six Honolulu artists with disabilities will participate in a three-month teaching internship, receiving mentoring by professional artist-educators, to begin to learn more about teaching art in community based programs.  The innovative mentorship program, offered by
VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific, is a partnership with he Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Division, the University of Hawaii and the ARC in Hawaii.


Employ ABILITY Network

The Employ ABILITY Network was created by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles City WorkForce Investment Board, to provide up-to-date information about career development strategies and job accommodations for persons with disabilities.


Technology for Independence: Community-Based Resource Center (TI-CBRC)

The purpose of the Technology for Independence: Community-Based Resource Center (TI-CBRC) is to facilitate the development of real-world, scientifically rigorous knowledge and research on assistive technology and environmental access for persons with disabilities in partnership with disability researchers, disability advocates, community-based organizations, and other disability community members.



TheArcLink is the largest independent online source of information about disability services, reaching more than 50% of the United States population. More than 28,000 providers are in their database.

Medicaid Reference Desk

An information listing of services by state about Medicaid for people with developmental disabilities.


Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders program began as a collaborative effort between Booz Allen’s Disability Consulting Practice and the firm’s Diversity and Community Relations teams. Planning began in the fall of 2000 and by the spring of 2001 the program was a reality.



A program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business.


IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement

The IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement was designed in response to a request from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. This national effort, serving college faculty working in pre-service preparation programs, aims to ensure that general education teachers, school administrators, school nurses, and school counselors are well prepared to work with students who have disabilities and with their families.



Women with Disabilities and Allies Forum: Linking Arms for Equality and Justice for All - October 17 -19, 2003

Bethesda, Maryland

The NOW Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities are jointly sponsoring a "Women with Disabilities and Allies Forum" to foster the discussion among and to bring together women living with disabilities, disability rights activists, abortion rights activists, other feminists, and supportive allies from across the country to discuss ableism, feminism, and other issues of mutual concern.


A Season of Change for Transition - October 23-25, 2003

Roanoke, VA

The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for

Exceptional Children (CEC) presents their twelfth international conference on the field of career development and transition. This year’s conference presents informative discussions and presentations to national, state, and local professionals and leaders on critical issues facing children, adolescents, and young adults with disabilities as they prepare for adult life.


Can Do: Making it in Hawaii Conference - October 24 & 25, 2003  

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI

This is Hawaii's third annual self determination conference.  Rates are reasonable and the program is dynamic.  The opening keynote will be Jean Driscoll, an Olympian, winner of the Boston Marathon, and wheelchair user. Contact Curtis at (808) 453-6325.


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.


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.


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).





Impact Feature Issue: Young Adults with Disabilities & Social Security Administration Employment Support Programs

Volume 15 • Number 1 • Spring 2002

This Impact seeks to address that need for greater understanding of these federal employment support programs and incentives, and to open the doors for more young people to utilize them as they move into adult life.


Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame TO Disability Pride by Steven E. Brown

Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame to Disability Pride may be read as a cohesive story from beginning to end or as independent chapters about specific subjects, including personal experiences with Gaucher Disease; disability rights activism; scholarly essays about disability culture, profiles of disability rights leaders; and international disability activities.  

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Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Abridged Version)

This report measures progress to date in the implementation of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C. and related Federal and State Government initiatives.



The National Council on Disability (NCD) undertook this synthesis in anticipation of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Students with disabilities, who now are estimated to represent nearly 10 percent of all college students, currently experience outcomes far inferior to those of their non-disabled peers. The purpose of this paper is to provide background that might guide reauthorization of the HEA to better support students with disabilities to achieve equal postsecondary outcomes.


More Than Just a Job: Person-Centered Career Planning

The first issue in the new ICI Professional Development Series lays out the principles of listening to job seekers to help them shape and achieve their career goals.


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