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 – September 1, 2003
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~ Announcements

~ Resources

~ Institutes / Conferences (& Teleconferences)

~ Research / Publications



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.

Opportunity for Collaboration of Rehabilitation and Community Based Organizations and Network Members – Mini grants

NTAC is inviting rehabilitation and community-based organizations as well as Network members to conduct a series of outreach activities that will result in increased employment outcomes of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities. The purpose of this collaboration is to increase the AAPI population you and your organization serve by 5-10 percent during the upcoming fiscal year.  For more information, go to url:



The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor and other Federal agencies and AAPI communities, in putting together the Opportunities Conference 2004: Asian Pacific and Hispanic Americans: Building on America's Promise.  More information in this e.News under ‘Conferences’.


Bender Consulting Services – Current Employment Openings
Bender Consulting Services an organization in Pittsburgh, PA, that provides placement services for all types of individuals with disabilities.  Bender often has listings of jobs for college students with disabilities.  Please read the information and respond to Robert Dreher, Strategic Business Consultant at


The Disability Law Resource Project (DLRP) Web Cast: Update from the EEOC Including the Latest on an Upcoming Supreme Court Case & Comments on 2002 ADA Cases – September 3, 2003

Sharon Rennert, a Senior Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Equal Employment

Opportunity Commission, will present this Web cast on Wednesday, September

3, 2003, from 3:00-4:30pm Eastern, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, 12:00

Pacific, and 9:00am in Hawaii.  To link to this Web cast and download accompanying materials visit: or instructions on how to access a Web cast visit:  Fax on demand for latest information on all programs:  800.795.7118


Self-Determination Web Cast

September 22, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET

Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D., University of Kansas, will focus on self-determination's relevance to workplace support and employment issues and will provide specificity with regard to strategies to promote self-determination, including determining personal preferences, supporting informed career decision making and goal setting, and work related problem solving.  Register online:  For information contact: Roberta Martin, VCU-RRTC on Workplace Supports, (804) 828-2193 (Fax)


(CSADP) Website – Online September 1, 2003

The Web site contains training materials, policy papers and policy

briefs prepared by Robert "Bobby" Silverstein.  Bobby is the Director

of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) in

Washington, D.C. and former staff director and chief counsel to the U.S.

Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy.  Bobby can be reached by email at:  Melanie, Bobby's assistant, may be reached at:


3rd volume of the SIG-Research Anthology Invitation for submission

You are invited to submit your research paper for the 3rd volume of the SIG-Research Anthology. If you are interested, please see the Call for Papers at


$2.4 Million Grant Competition Announced for Expanded Special Education Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers

The U.S. Department of Education has announced plans to expand from four to six the number of special education regional parent technical assistance centers to enhance the information flow to parents of students with disabilities and forge stronger relationships between parents and professionals. A seventh national center will coordinate the work of the regional centers. To view online the Federal Register announcement on the grant competition, visit



State Agencies and Organizations for ADA Compliance and Technical Assistance

New state resource directories containing organizations and agencies that provide technical assistance regarding the ADA and the Arts. State listings include disability agencies and organizations for creating an access and advisory committee or conducting outreach to the disability community.


Department of Veteran Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established on March 15, 1989, succeeding the Veterans Administration. It is responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. Headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA is the second largest of the 15 Cabinet departments and operates nationwide programs for health care, financial assistance and burial benefits.


Center for Veterans Enterprise

Websites for Veteran-Owned Businesses


Association of Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises

The Purpose of the Association of Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Networks is to coordinate the activities of Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (D.V.B.E.) Networks throughout the state of California.


National Summit focused upon Increasing Employment Opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities - September 16, 2003

Washington D.C.

Purpose of this national summit is to gain input from key national representatives for strategic planning for the next year and beyond for increasing employment opportunities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities. Also the group will participate in a discussion on the purpose and current work-scope of the NTAC. The participants will contribute to forward thinking goal areas and ways to reach those goals. For information, contact Pollie Dararith Bith <>, NTAC Assistant Specialist at (808) 956-5048, fax (808) 956-7878. To register, go to url:

World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities - SEPTEMBER 18 - 20, 2003

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Meet Human Resource Managers of Private Companies & Government Agencies hiring Persons with Disabilities at 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.


Emerging Technologies & Healthcare Innovations Conference - September 22-24, 2003

Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

The Emerging Technologies & Healthcare Innovations Congress provides healthcare industry executives with an in-depth conference convening clinicians, healthcare executives, technology thought leaders and vendors to address the impact and promise of technology and innovation on the future of healthcare. This content-driven forum and trade show will address the relevance and role of a wide range of issues, including web-enabled business processes and medical devices, the telecommunications convergence, and advances in medical and bio-informatics. Event participants will have the opportunity to interact with technology providers and suppliers, and preview and demo new and innovative products in an exhibit setting.  For more information about TETHIC, visit


OPPORTUNITIES CONFERENCE 2003 – September 24-25, 2003
Asian Pacific and Hispanic Americans: Building on America's Promise
The Opportunities Conference is the first conference of its kind focused on strengthening the economic development of the Asian Pacific and Hispanic American communities. By reaching out to small business owners, non-profit organizations, and community leaders, this innovative conference will address the needs of the two fastest growing segments of the 21st century workforce.


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.



United States General Accounting Office (GAO) Report: Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth

Federal States receive federal funds under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to help students with disabilities reach their postsecondary goals, and various federal programs offer services that can assist these youth.  However, research has documented that youth with disabilities are less likely to transition into postsecondary education and employment. To download the full GAO report in pdf format, click here


Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD / JASH) is a quarterly journal published by TASH.  It Emphasizes articles that report original research, authoritative and comprehensive reviews, conceptual and practical position papers that offer new directions, and effective assessment and intervention methodologies and service delivery model program descriptions.



Secondary School Teacher/Counselor Discussions

The UH Center on Disability Studies and Hawaii Families as Allies invite all those who currently work with, or have worked within the last two years with, secondary school students with emotional, behavioral and/or mental health challenges, to participate in a 3-part series of discussion meetings.  These include teachers, counselors and other professionals.  For more information, contact Sally Y. Nhomi, D.Phil, Project Director & Coordinator, Exploring Possibilities of Self-Determination for Youth, Center on Disability Studies, Tel: (808)956-3982, Fax: (808)956-5713,


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