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“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 – April 1, 2004
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~ Research / Publications



NTAC-AAPI Awareness of APA with Disabilities Training Institute - May 21, 2004

San Francisco, CA
FREE registration! CRC Credits! The National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities (NTAC-AAPI) is providing a one-day training institute for vocational rehabilitation representatives and community based rehabilitation personnel at FAPAC's 19th Annual National Leadership Training Conference.  For more information, see “NTAC-AAPI Awareness of APA with Disabilities Training Institute - May 21, 2004” located at NTAC-AAPIs website url: and/or “ NTAC-AAPI Members and Affiliates” located at the bottom of FAPACs website url:
NTAC-AAPIs Mini-Subcontract Proposals
AAPI is still in the process of accepting proposals for mini sub-contracts. Individuals and organizations interested in collaborating with NTAC are encouraged to complete and return the application form located at

NTAC-AAPIs Hire.Us Program
What is the Hire.Us program? Fast, Effective, and Free! The National Technical Assistance Center’s HIRE.US program (Hire Interested and Ready Employees in the U.S.) is a time-saving personnel resource. Employers nationwide identify both temporary and permanent employees from qualified college students with disabilities in a wide variety of fields.


National & International

Apple unveils Spoken Interface for blind OS X users

Apple Computer Inc. has introduced a new accessibility solution for visually impaired users that it will integrate with the next major release of Mac OS X. The company took the wraps off of the new technology today: It's called Spoken Interface for Mac OS X.


Winners at Work
Winners at Work is now offering Medicaid Waiver Personal Assistant Level I and Habilitation Supported Employment Services.  Medicaid Waiver qualified individuals can now benefit from Winner’s 20 years of supported employment expertise.  Winners is also implementing innovative new application of Personal Assistant Level I services that emphasize the development of employment skills like transportation, coaching, safety skills, time management and more, while still providing the traditional support for full community access.  Winners is also working with High School transition teachers to use Personal Assistant Level I services to reinforce lessons in the community outside school hours and to facilitate the transition to Habilitation Supported Employment services and job support upon exiting school.  Call Myles Ibara at 532-2103 or email for more information.


“Arts learning center comes to the aid of disabled”

Honolulu Advertiser Article – March 19, 2004

David Fray, chief of the Hawaii State Health Department's Developmental Disabilities Division, said the program will give people with disabilities a chance to develop their artistic skills that has not existed. "We are trying to give people the best opportunities they can have; to make life choices that fulfill their dreams," Fray said. "This program will help do that." Hawai'i Artspace is supported by the state Department of Health, VSA arts of Hawai'i-Pacific, the University of Hawai'i and several other private and nonprofit groups.


Paper Proposal Submissions for the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) International 2005: Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction – deadline October 2004

Las Vegas, NV

This thematic area addresses issues of diversity regarding users and context of use in HCI, issues of design for all, and a wide range of accessibility and usability issues for disabled and elderly people.


New version of Opera Embeds ViaVoice from IBM

Opera Software announced the upcoming release of a multimodal desktop browser that incorporates IBM's Embedded ViaVoice speech technology. By leveraging IBM's voice libraries in this version of Opera, users can navigate, request information and even fill in Web forms using speech and other forms of input in the same interaction.


Washington Center
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.


CCD Letter regarding $11 billion in Medicaid cuts in the Senate Budget Resolution – March 10, 2004

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) strongly opposes any cuts to the Medicaid program as part of the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution.


The 2004 Progress Report: The President's New Freedom Initiative for People with Disabilities
Announced in February 2001, the New Freedom Initiative is President George W. Bush’s bold plan to tear down the remaining barriers to full integration into American life that many of this Nation’s 54 million citizens with disabilities still face. This Progress Report highlights accomplishments under the New Freedom Initiative since the issuance of the May 2002 Progress Report.


Three Live Interactive, Web Conferences by EASI in April

April 3 1 PM Eastern, Clinic: Adaptive Technologies for Learning

and Work Environments - Presenter Joseph Lazzaro who is the author of this book and instructor for EASI Train the Trainer; April 8 1 PM Eastern, Clinic "linux and Sun Accessibility Tools (Screen reader and more) - Presenter: Peter Korn from Sun Microsystems; April 22 1 PM Eastern, Clinic: The Other Side of Section 508 - Presenter: Doug Wakefield of the Federal Access Board.  Read more and register at


Request for Proposals: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media In Higher Education  - deadline April 19, 2004

University of Colorado, Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder invites speaker proposals for its 7th annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference. The conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting. Other topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources, accessible. Please e-mail the completed application to Disability Services at or call 303-492-8671 (v/tty) for more information.



ILRU Partner Needs Research Assistant

The National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability

Research (NRH-CHDR) is currently hiring one part-time (50% FTE) Research

Assistant (RA) for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on

SCI and Prevention of Secondary Conditions. Contact Thilo Kroll at for more information or to submit your resume and cover letter.


Program Manager - Behavior Modification Program

The purpose of this position is to assist in directing the operation of a comprehensive behavior assessment and intervention program serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Apply: Cesar Espinosa, 9166 Anaheim Place, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730; Ph: 909-483-2505; FAX: 909-483-2119; Email:


Assistant Director

Incumbent is primarily responsible for: 1. recruiting, supervising, directing, training, monitoring and evaluating all direct service staff and 2. overseeing the League’s systemic advocacy and community involvement activities. Send resume and cover letter to:

David A. Nelson,CRC, President/CEO, League for the Blind & Disabled, Inc., 5821 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46816


Residential Case Manager

The full-time residential case manager provides case management supports and direct care services to adults with developmental disabilities living in a residential program. How To Apply: Kim Wong, 38 Border Street, Newton, MA 02465; Ph: 781-642-9414; FAX: 781-642-9424; Email:

Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange - deadline May 31, 2004
Seeking applications from U.S. school administrators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to participate in a two-way, non-simultaneous exchange program with counterparts from Argentina. For more information about this program please visit:

Internship Program in Washington, DC

Federal Student Aid (FSA), the largest agency in the U.S. Department of Education, offers a unique and exciting internship program in Washington, DC for undergraduate and graduate students interested in helping us put millions of Americans through school. Our internship program provides students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, learn about government, build a network of friends, have fun and earn some money for school. For more information, visit our internship web site at


Research Assistant

The National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability Research (NRH-CHDR) is currently hiring one part-time (50% FTE) Research Assistant (RA) for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on SCI and Prevention of Secondary Conditions. Contact Thilo Kroll at

for more information or to submit your resume and cover letter.



Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.


Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003

AUCD Summary of Provisions that Affect People with Disabilities.


Chamber–Job Corps Partnership

The National Job Corps program is one of the U.S. Department of Labor's most successful youth education and career training programs, with nearly 70,000 economically disadvantaged youth receiving education and career training annually.



Providing accessible course content has two major components. First, the infrastructure must be accessible. This means that accessible courseware or accessible Web pages that point to the actual content can be compared to making a physical campus accessible.


Continuing Education Center for Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (CEC)

The purpose of the Continuing Education Center is to advance the quality of participation by persons with disabilities in the workforce increasing their involvement and participation in their community of choice. The CEC fosters continuous learning opportunities designed to improve the knowledge, information, and application of skills needed by the workforce, rehabilitation personnel, educators, and community members.


Summer Pre-College Programs for Students with Disabilities - 2004

Annually, The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center researches summer campus programs for students with disabilities. A list of resources has been compiled for students with disabilities who are interested in exploring ways to prepare for college and enhance college performance.




IL Board Basics & More... APRIL 26-28, 2004 


This training is specifically designed for 501(c)(3) Executive Directors and Board members of all experience levels.  This training's general focus on vital issues, presented with expert insight, makes it perfect for seasoned veterans looking to expand their basic knowledge and new or potential board members interested in learning the basics of board responsibility. For more information, contact June Sutherland at 703-525-3406 (V),

703-525-3409 (Fax), 877-525-3400 (V/TTY), 703-525-4153 (TTY) or


Performance Measurement for Government - April 26-29, 2004
San Diego, CA,

At this conference, you will hear proven strategies and practical experience, firsthand, from leading agencies and practitioners on how to improve your management initiatives and practices.


Creative Clusters Conference 2004 - April 28 – May 1, 2004

Brighton, UK

Creative Clusters is an occasion for the sector’s diverse players to present their work, share their insights and build their networks. It draws together project leaders and policy-makers in industry, culture, education and social regeneration to build a common and a better understanding of creative enterprise.


Workshop: Obesity Prevention and Intervention for Children with Special Health Care Needs - April 28 - 30, 2004

Memphis, TN.

The overall goal of this program is to provide interdisciplinary leadership training to health professionals and related care providers involved in obesity prevention and intervention among CSHCN.


CSAVR Spring Meeting - April 25 - 28, 2004

Bethesda Hyatt

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation is composed of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the States, District of Columbia, and the territories.


NCSAB Spring Meeting - April 28-30, 2004

Bethesda Hyatt

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation is composed of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the States, District of Columbia, and the territories.



Atlanta, Georgia
Immersion participants in the "Planning Stream" will be assisted to create a "Blueprint for Implementation," which is a written plan for applying the principles of self determination to their system. The blueprint will create a structure for helping the teams to identify the parts of their system which need to be changed; define tasks that need to be done; indicate who should be responsible for the different tasks; specify timelines for getting things done; identify resources and support for the process, as well as planning for evaluating the outcomes.


High Beam Festival - May 3-4, 2004

Biennial international arts festival showcasing contemporary works influenced or inspired by experience of disability. Ideas and Innovations is a two day interactive program held as part of High Beam on May 3 and 4, 2004 examining some of the best Australian and international models of work in the arts expressing disability culture and the cultural and social impacts of these practices.

National Forum of the 30th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues: May 3 - 4, 2004

Arlington, VA

Topic 1: Innovative Methods for Providing VR Services to Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities; Topic 2 A New Paradigm for Vocational Evaluation: Empowering the VR Consumer through Vocational Information. For further information contact Frances R. Butler, Executive Assistant at or (202) 973-1540.


25th Annual International Conference on MR/DD - May 3 - 7, 2004
New York City

The five-day conference will feature more than 300 prominent speakers from throughout the United States and abroad. More than 175 seminars and workshops will focus on critical issues in the field of developmental and learning disabilities.


Techniques for Creating and Instructing with Tactile Graphics - May 6-8, 2004

California School for the Blind, Fremont, CA

Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with various methods of producing tactile graphics, while also learning strategies for determining the form and content of a tactile graphic. Email:


COSD 5th Annual National Meeting 2004 – May 10-11, 2004

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) is a unique consortium composed of large and small universities, well - known national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities.


National ADA Symposium & Expo – May 11-13, 2004

The National ADA Symposium, hosted by the ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers has earned the reputation as premier training event available on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability issues.


3rd Annual Asian Diversity Career Expo – May 13, 2004

New York, NY

Companies and organizations will be present to represent a number of industries such as, finance, transportation, defense, retail, government, telecommunications, law, healthcare, pharmaceutical, IT, consumer products and others.


19th Annual National Leadership Training Conference and Agency Exhibits - May 17-21, 2004
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel, San Francisco, CA
FAPAC conference will have programs and workshops that highlight the contributions of Asian American military heroes-- including purple heart recipients and other military awardees, and distinguished Asian American veterans from foreign wars. It will showcase programs for APAs with disabilities, Native Americans, civil rights, and supervisory/management issues, and current legislation concerning APAs.


NTAC-AAPI Awareness of APA with Disabilities Training Institute - May 21, 2004

San Francisco, CA

The National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities (NTAC-AAPI) is providing a one-day training institute for vocational rehabilitation representatives and community based rehabilitation personnel at FAPAC's

19th Annual National Leadership Training Conference.


15th Annual NAWDP Conference - May 23-26, 2004

Portland OR

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Conference explores identifying and developing talent.  It is perhaps one of the most important – yet most challenging – functions of those engaged in employment and training. Federal guidelines demand that we look at clients through a lens of “risk factors” and “barriers.” Find out what’s really going on in Washington, and how you can help turn workforce development into a priority for Congress and the Administration.


Sprout Film Festival – May 22-23, 2004

By presenting films of artistry and intellect, the festival hopes to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities and expose the media and general public to important issues facing this population. The goal is an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help breakdown stereotypes, promoting a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.


TRANSED 2004: 10th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled People – May 23-26, 2004

Hamamatsu City, Japan

Previous TRANSED conferences have promoted national and local transportation and development policies to include objectives relating to the needs of people with reduced mobility. The 10th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled People is designed to help these objectives with getting into action.


Partners Building Bridges: Maintaining High Quality Services in Challenging Times – May 25-27, 2004

Washington, DC

A national training conference for state coordinators and related professionals serving individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and late deafened.

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.


TOOLS FOR LIFE: A 21st Century Look at Assistive Technology and Services – July 9-10, 2004
Blaisdell Exhibition Center, Honolulu

The Tools for Life Expo and Conference is a collaborative exhibit with concurrent workshops designed to bring information to individuals with disabilities, their families, and advocates regarding civil rights laws and technological support options to maximize independence in society. For information, contact Francine Wai (DCAB) at (ph. 586-8121 V/TTY) or Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong (ATRC) at (ph. 532-7110 V/TTY or 1-800-645-3007)


The Twentieth Computers and Writing Conference - June 10-13, 2004
Honolulu, Hawaii

Some of the presentation topics include: Languages, Technologies, and Bodies. Intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and different forms of bodily "ability" with technology-based writing. issues of accessibility and adaptive technologies.


Discover 70,000 Skilled Workers: Chamber-Job Corps Showcase 2004 - July 21, 2004

Washington, D.C.

This showcase will bring together a group of executives who understand the challenges faced by their members in finding skilled entry-level employees. Participants will include chamber-Job Corps partnership teams, chamber executives, and industry association executives. It will incorporate lessons learned from chamber-Job Corps demonstration initiatives, presentations by workforce and business leaders, a showcase of successful chamber-Job Corps partnerships from across the nation, and plenty of networking opportunities.


2004 National Youth Leadership Conference - July 24–27, 2004
Washington, D.C.

Conference goals include helping prepare the next generation of disability leaders and identifying ways to improve policies and supports for young people with disabilities.


Disability Studies: Putting Theory Into Practice – July 26 – 28, 2004

Lancaster University, UK

Disability Studies is concerned with the inter-disciplinary development of an increasing body of knowledge and practice, which has arisen from the activities of the disabled people's movement, and which has come to be known as 'the social model of disability'. The social model of disability locates the changing character of disability, which is viewed as an important dimension of inequality, in the social and economic structure and culture of the society in which it is found, rather than in individual limitations.


The Fifth International Conference on Higher Education and Disability - July 27-30, 2004

Innsbruck, Austria

THEME: Scanning the Horizon: An International Collaboration On Higher Education and Disability.  This conference will equip participants with tools and resources to build successful programs and further develop our network of international colleagues.




Technical Assistance Manual

The ADA is a federal antidiscrimination statute designed to remove barriers which prevent qualified individuals with disabilities from enjoying the same employment opportunities that are available to persons without disabilities.


The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. The ADA also outlaws discrimination against individuals with disabilities in State and local government services, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications. This booklet explains the part of the ADA that prohibits job discrimination.


The ADA: Your Responsibilities as an Employer

Since The Americans with Disabilities Act: Your Responsibilities as an Employer  was published, the Supreme Court has ruled that the determination of whether a person has an ADA "disability" must take into consideration whether the person is substantially limited in performing a major life activity when using a mitigating measure. This means that if a person has little or no difficulty performing any major life activity because s/he uses a mitigating measure, then that person will not meet the ADA's first definition of "disability."


ADA Guide for Small Businesses

This guide presents an informal overview of some basic ADA requirements for small businesses that provide goods or services to the public.











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