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Semi-Monthly e.News – September 15, 2003
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~ Institutes / Conferences

~ Research / Publications



Call for Entries – Submission Deadline: ongoing
NTAC-AAPI wants to talk to people with disabilities that use an adaptive device or method to improve productivity in their work. The purpose is simply to inspire others who can learn from your methods. It's an opportunity to show off your work on a website that gets hundreds of visitors each month. We'd like to ask you some brief questions and post an image of you at work. Nothing will be posted without your prior consent! To participate in Adaptive Employees, please email:  We will send you interview questions and/or call you, depending on what works best for you. Thank you!


The ADA and Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace - September 22 through October 31, 2003

This course is for employers, HR professionals, front line supervisors, small business owners, rehabilitation professionals, or anyone who wants to learn more about the ADA and reasonable accommodations in the workplace.



AMMR announces the call for papers for the 128th annual meeting to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1-4, 2004.  The AMMR 2004 annual meeting will focus on a new broader understanding of what health means for persons with intellectual disabilities. All proposals should be submitted electronically.  Instructions for submitting electronic proposals is available on the AAMR website:



Information and Application - Deadline: September 26, 2003

Up to three people with disabilities who are emerging as leaders in their respective fields will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress as leader. They will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC in early 2004. U.S. residents with any type of disability are eligible to apply.


BizNet’s Disability Awareness Online Seminar

An interactive and open forum for examining the stereotypes and misconceptions about people with disabilities. Training has been designed for employers, managers/supervisors, HR professionals, and co-workers.


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.


Call for Entries – Submission Deadline: ongoing

Dancing Wheels, a professional classical/modern Dance Company comprised of stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers is seeking to hire one or two wheelchair dancers. Resumes and audition tapes will be accepted to the Attention of Mary Verdi-Fletcher @ Dancing Wheels 3615 Euclid Avenue 3rd Floor Cleveland, OH 44115. Please call (216) 432-0306 or e-mail us at


Title IV of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

A summary of the changes provided by Senate staff can be found on AUCD's website at:


Self-Determination (Web-based Event) - September 22, 2003, 2:00-2:45 pm EDT

Promoting self-determination and choice is an important aspect of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, and other disability support areas. Dr. Wehmeyer 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.


The 2003 Henry B. Betts Award - Nomination Deadline: October 10, 2003

Successful nominees will have demonstrated a strong vision and understanding of how to improve the quality of life for Americans with disabilities; possess a record of efforts and accomplishments that have affected a wide disability population; and have served as a powerful force for change, enhancing the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.


Exhibit Ke Ho‘omaka ’ana (The Beginning) by Native Hawaiian Artist Michael Lowell Cheek Jr. - September 15-30, 2003 • 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Volcano Joe’s Island Bistro, 1810 University Ave. (free validated parking on Metcalf St.)

Native Hawaiian artist Michael Cheek Jr. began his creative arts journey as a visual artist after a near-death crisis changed the course of his life. SPECIAL EVENT: Meet the Artist at a reception, Sept. 19, 2003, 5 to 8 p.m.  TO REACH THE ARTIST: Cheek to Cheek Visual Arts 808-234-6614;


Community Involvement: Accessible America Award

Accessible America is a $25,000 award competition open to all cities and towns acrosss the nation. Its purpose is to recognize and promote replication of exemplary practices that communities use to facilitate the comprehensive involvement of citizens with disabilities in community life.


Call for Entries - Submission Deadline: 12/03

The Leach Trust is offering bursaries for three disabled graduates to study for a one-year post-graduate course in broadcast production, broadcast journalism or print journalism.


"ADA Update: 13 Years Later"
Transcript of the July 15, 2003 Distance Learning session "ADA Update: 13 Years Later" featuring John Wodatch, Chief-Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice and Sharon Rennert, Attorney Advisor, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available for viewing. Listen to the audio recording of the session as well.

Call for Entries – Submission Deadline: 9/30/03

The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities announces its The 2003 Poster Art Contest "VALUED, SAFE & RESPECTED" -- promoting safety for individuals with developmental disabilities. This theme will illustrate various aspects of being safe in the community, at home, work, and other settings. Details and entry forms are online at


National Council on Disability Says Employment for People with Disabilities

Remains Far Too Low

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released an excerpt from its annual report, National Disability Policy: A Progress Report (July 2003), which highlights a number of issues related to the challenges for advancing employment opportunities across the nation for people with disabilities.


VCU Web Cast - Sept 15, 2003, 2:00-2:45 pm EST
Field Placement Accommodations: Strategies for College Students with Hidden Disabilities.  For more information or to register online: or e-mail Teri Blankenship:

New Freedom Initiative Medicaid Demonstrations Act of 2003

The Bush Administration transmitted a draft bill to Congress on July 25, 2003 based on the President's NFI budget proposal submitted to Congress in February. This legislation is intended to support community-based alternatives to institutionalization for individuals with disabilities and to help states implement the Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead decision.



ARC Industries, Inc. / Employment Connections
ARC Industries is in the planning stage for developing an organizational strategic plan. It is focusing attention specifically on expanding and improving supported employment. In the next two years, ARC Industries, Inc. plans to target 25 individuals for movement from 14c minimum wage work to competitive work. Email:



AtWork! a United Way agency, is a nonprofit community rehabilitation program that provides job development and work training for individuals with disabilities. AtWork! was developed by concerned parents and high school staff members who were dedicated to providing job opportunities for students with disabilities.


U.S. Paralympics/National Disability Sports Alliance

U.S. Paralympics and NDSA are both recruiting national team level players and seeking to develop club level play around the country (in late 2003 and 2004).


Babcock Center

The Babcock Center is in the midst of a substantial organizational change with a firm commitment to providing a person-centered and self-directed model of supports to services to the eleven hundred men and women with disabilities served. The Babcock Center has a plan to assist 200 individuals with disabilities currently attending the Work Activity Centers to find competitive employment by July 2005.


Cranston ARC

Cranston ARC has embarked on an organizational change activity that strives to expand employment opportunities as an alternative to traditional supports offered to the individuals with disabilities it serves under the DOL 14c waiver. Over the next two years, 30-40 individuals currently served through use of DOL 14c Special Minimum Wage waiver are targeted to move into competitive employment.



The goal of NEVINSinc is that each person served has a job in an environment where individuals with and without disabilities work side-by-side experiencing full inclusion within the community.


Two-page fact sheet on the Medicaid program in your state

Medicaid serves over 7 million people with disabilities in the United States. Medicaid is the primary public source of funding for health and long term services and supports for people with disabilities of all ages. It is the largest source of state and local spending for disability services in the country.


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.


Teleconference: Web site accessibility for students with disabilities
The teleconference is designed for school information technology professionals, webmasters, administrators, special educators, teachers, and disability advocates, but anyone with interest may participate. The teleconference is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required by September 23, 2003.  Register online at or call the PACER Center at 952-838-9000 (voice); (952) 838-0190 (TTY); or (800) 537-2237 (toll free in Minnesota).

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.
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Center for Workforce Preparation (CWP)

Undertaken in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University, this five-year project focuses on barriers related to the employment of individuals with disabilities. CWP promotes materials -- regarding related issues and concerns, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and business tax credits and incentives -- to 3,000 state and local chambers.



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, despite the fact that research shows that they are more likely to obtain positive professional employment outcomes after degree completion than their 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.


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