Happy Holidays from the staff at the

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 – December 15, 2004
You can find this and previous issues of e.News online at http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu

~ Announcements

~ Positions Available

~ Resources

~ Institutes / Conferences

~ Research / Publications / Articles



NTAC-AAPI Activities


Multicultural Competence Online Course in Development Stage

NTAC-AAPI is in the developmental stage of creating a credit online course about Multicultural Competence in Working with AAPIs with disabilities.  It is planned to be a web-based, graduate-level distance-learning course offered through the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii.  It will be open to interested VR counselors, community rehabilitation providers, and educators who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  We would like to assess the demand for this type of course offering.  If you or members of your organization might be interested in enrolling in this prospective course, please email Christine Su at christine.su@cds.hawaii.edu, with an enrollment estimate.  If you would like additional information on the course as it progresses, please include your full name and contact information as well.  Thank you!


2004-2005 NTAC-AAPI/CSAVR Collaboration Proposal Approved!

NTAC’s proposal to contract with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) has been approved.  Collaborative activities will include expanding and strengthening national VR network, disseminating information about the Hire.Us database, compiling best strategies, and coordinating and co-sponsoring training activities. Looking for a Qualified Coordinator! NTAC is currently looking for a full-time coordinator who will be responsible for the above activities as well as acting as a VR liaison.  See details for the “NTAC-AAPI  Full-Time Coordinator” position listed in this e.News under “Positions Available”.

Tune In!
The National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI) and the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) will be featured in a Hawaii public broadcast this month. Peter Dowrick (CDS), along with Susan Miller (
VSA arts of Hawaii), David Fray (Hawaii Department of Health), and Amy Nawatani (NTAC-AAPI) will be featured on Hawaii's public television station, Olelo Channel 54, 5-6pm, December 19, 2004, on "Counterpoint", a public affairs program (see http://www.olelo.org for additional air times). The program will discuss the mission of the Center on Disability Studies and Disability Mentoring Day (sponsored by NTAC-AAPI), as well as general issues and concerns facing people with disabilities in Hawaii.  A transcripts of the program will be made available.  For more information, contact the NTAC-AAPI staff at  (808) 956-2890.


Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) - Ongoing!

Want hands-on experience in a career of your choice for a day? NTAC-AAPI will match you with a mentor in a career you would like to pursue.  Our last DMD day was a great success where 16 mentees were mentored by the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii Film Studios, Senator Arakaki's office, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, KKEA, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Design Systems, VSA arts of Hawaii Artsplace, The Hawaii State Department of Health, and the Castle Medical Center.  In addition, Mayor Jeremy Harris issued NTAC-AAPI and DMD local coordinators a proclamation acknowledging the efforts and participation of all parties involved.  For information on future Disability Mentoring Days please contact Amy Nawatani, Training Coordinator at 808-956-0947 or email at amy.nawatani@cds.hawaii.edu.

Mark your calendars for your professional development and retreat in sunny Hawaii!
Feb 28- Mar 1 (M, Tu): Pac Rim 2005 Conference on Disability (CDS & NTAC)
Mar 2-Mar3: Capacity Building Institute (NCSET & NTAC). More information will be available on our forthcoming e.News.

NTAC-AAPIs Hire.Us Program
Congratulations to Shem Mito for registering and becoming a part of our Hire.Us Employee database! 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. HIRE.US offers college students, and recent graduates, with disabilities the opportunity to market their skills and abilities to employers across the United States free of charge. Your student profile information will be available to governments and businesses across America. Employers nationwide identify both temporary and permanent employees from qualified college students with disabilities in a wide variety of fields. http://hireus.cds.hawaii.edu


Vocational Rehabilitation agency can also take advantage of our database to increase employment opportunities of its job-ready clients! Send their resumes to be placed in the HIRE.US database! NTAC will actively recruit employers for those who entered into this HIRE.US database. In addition, NTAC will add your agency name to our list of collaborators. This will allow for free advertisement on our website and once via email in our periodic e-newsletter, with over 2,000 people on the distribution list.
For more information, please visit http://hireus.cds.hawaii.edu, or for more information please contact Amy Nawatani, training coordinator, at amy.nawatani@cds.hawaii.edu or 808-956-0947, TTY 808-956-2890.


NTAC-AAPI Subcontractor Activities



Teach students the artistic and business skills necessary to become successful artists. Students will learn to use a variety of media to create exhibition quality art; learn the various techniques associated with each media area that is necessary to produce exhibition and marketable quality art.  Class instruction will support and enable students in the development of their personal art portfolios.



Come buy your holiday gifts from Artists with Disabilities - November 28-December 23, 2004
The VSA arts of Hawaii Artsplace offers a wide selection of fine and primitive arts and cultural crafts such as one-of-a-fine holiday cards. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2201 Waimano Home Road, Honolulu, HI. Call for directions
(808) 455-6002.


Career Opportunities in the Arts Education at the VSA arts of Hawaii Artsplace
Native Hawaiian master artist and film maker Meleanna Meyer joings Dr. Betty Lou Williams of the UHM College of Education to conduct a educational training for artists-teachers at the Hawaii Artsplace as part of the ongoing professional career development opportunities for people with disabilities. Ongoing mentorship opportunities are offered to artists and teachers on the islands of Hawaii and Lanai through the VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific professional development project. http://www.vsartshawaiipacific.org/


Beethoven's Nightmare Appearance and CD

America's only all-Deaf rock 'n' roll band, Beethoven's Nightmare, appears on Harry and Jeannette Weinberg 2004 Hawaii Stars variety show, Extraordinary Abilities Christmas on KHON Channel 2. Also featured are Ewa Beach brother-sister duo Troy and Cheesa Laureta and Kim Singler. In addition, Beethoven's Nightmare's Steve Longo, Ed Chevy and Bob Hiltermann are well on their way to launching their first and historic album "Turn It Up Louder" in early 2005. The trio recorded the 10-song CD at Ocean Way Studio on Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA, in mid November. http://www.vsartshawaiipacific.org/

2005 Pearl City Creative Arts Classes - Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 - Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2005: Register Now! December 13, 2004-January 10, 2005

CLASSES include Holiday projects, watercolor, drawing and painting, textiles, jewelry making, Hawaii beach glass jewelry making, pulp art, photography, and pottery.

More information, 808-455-6002 or email millers@hawaii.edu. http://www.vsartshawaiipacific.org/




National & International


Scholarship Announcement

The College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is offering scholarship funds for its Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program.  This scholarship provides academic funding on the assumption that the recipient will seek employment in a State rehabilitation agency, nonprofit rehabilitation agency, professional corporation, professional practice group, or related agency providing services to individuals with disabilities.  Scholarship funds include all disbursements or credits for student stipends, tuition and fees, and student travel in conjunction with training assignments.  Deadlines for Fall are March 1st and deadlines for Spring are September 1st.  For an application and more information please contact Brenda Cartwright, Project Director at 808-956-4386 or bcartwri@hawaii.edu.



Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education has received three awards totaling more than $9.5 million to help boost lagging employment figures among people with disabilities. http://www.vcu.edu/uns/Releases/2004/nov/111704.html


EASI Free Clinic: Online Comparison of Creating Different Types of Streaming Multimedia - Voice Chat Web Conference Jan. 20 2005 1 PM Eastern

Multimedia is a powerful tool because it combines both informational content with emotional and psychological motivation. Because it uses multiple sensory communication modes, it also has the potential to simultaneously reach people with various sensory disabilities. Auditory modes communicate well with those who are blind or have limited vision. Images and other visuals are well suited to those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. This free, online presentation will introduce participants to several different easy-to-use authoring tools and creation methods that facilitate the creation of accessible multimedia. These include captioned, audio described video, narrated PowerPoint, High Caption, Caption Keeper, MAGPie, eTEACH, SMIL and SAMI. http://easi.cc/clinic.htm



National Capacity Building Institute (CBI): Enhancing Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities through Culturally Relevant Supports, Services, and Education - March 2-3, 2005     

This CBI will critically explore the successful  preparation for and transition to postsecondary education and employment for youth with disabilities in the context of cultural and linguistic diversity.  Speakers will offer suggestions for practices that create or strengthen culturally relevant support services, educational environments, assessment tools, and community/ family partnerships. Participants must be registered. To register online please go to the web at http://www.ncset.hawaii.edu   For more information or to register by mail please contact Velina Sugiyama, NCSET, Center on Disability Studies, 1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6, Honolulu, HI 96822.  Tel: 808-956-5688.  Fax: 808-956-7878.  Email: velina@hawaii.edu

Call For Entries: Asian American International Film Festival 05

July 15-31, 2005 - Deadline: February 4, 2005

Manhattan & Long Island

The 28th Asian American International Film Festival, presented by Asian CineVision (ACV), will take place July 15-31, 2005 in New York City & Long Island. AAIFF is proudly known as 'The First Home to Asian American Cinema.' It is the nation's first festival dedicated to screening works by media artists of Asian descent and continues to be a leading showcase for Asian/Asian American films and videos. Films, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops, receptions and special events will be held in association with the Asia Society at their state-of-the-art facilities on Park Avenue in NYC. Additional screenings will be held at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, Long Island. Productions for consideration include narrative, documentary, short, animation, experimental, music video, and new media. Formats: 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP, and DVD. Competitions and awards include Emerging Director Award for 1st or 2nd time director of feature-length films; ACV Screenplay Competition and Reading; Excellence in Short Filmmaking Award; and ***Best Music Video Award. Entry Fees: $10-$30 ACV member/non-member. Entries must be postmarked by 2/4/2005. Questions?? Phone: 212.989.1422 or email coordinator@asiancinevision.org


FOR SALE: 2005 Wheelchair Accessible Van

2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus, Ext: Butane Blue, Int: Cloth Slate Gray, Wheelchair Accessible w/VMI Summit Conversion, 10” Lowered Floor, Power Kneel, Remote Sliding Door and Fold Our Ramp, 4-Point Manual Tie-Down, Removable Driver and Passenger Seats, Auto Trans, AC (front and rear), PS, PB, PW PL, AM/FM/CD/Cassette Player, Roof Rack, Heavy Duty Tow Package, Much More, only 117 Miles.  Call 808-696-4339 or page 808-686-3960.


Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005 - Deadline for Workshops: 1st Feb 2005; Papers: 12th April 2005; Posters: 24th May 2005

Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005 will take place in

Dundee, Scotland from 23-25 August 2005. The programme committee is looking for papers,posters and workshops,covering all aspects of accessible design in the digital world. Further information on the conference and submissions is available on



Dr. Elias Zerhouni was the guest of honor at the 2004 APAO Awards Ceremony December 3, 2004

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization presented Dr. Zerhouni with an award for his untiring support of diversity management at the NIH.  Awards for significant accomplishments in scientific and administrative work were also presented and the incoming set of APAO officers were inducted. http://www.recgov.org/r&w/apao



NTAC-AAPI Full-Time Coordinator

Minimum qualifications: Masters degree from an accredited institution in education, psychology, or a related field, specialization in one of the following areas: rehabilitation counseling, disability studies, multicultural competency training; Desirable qualifications: Experience working at vocational rehabilitation service programs; Teaching experience with students in post-secondary education; experience working with AAPI with disabilities; excellent writing and presentation skills. Pay range: $ 36,720 or negotiable depending on experience. To apply: Send letter of application, clearly specify the position applying for and address how you meet the qualifications for the position and forward a resume; transcripts of graduate degrees; and three letters of work-related references to: Application address: Dr. Soon Kim-Rupnow, NTAC-AAPI Project Director, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii, 1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6, Honolulu, HI 96822. Inquiries: Dr. Soon Kim-Rupnow 808-956-5712 kimrupno@hawaii.edu


Staff Associate, Disability Resources Coordinator

The Coordinator is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising full-time and part-time staff in Disability Resources, coordinating efforts to make the college accessible to all persons with disabilities, and for evaluating needs for classroom accommodations of students with documented disabilities other than learning disabilities. Apply: Ms. Kelly Giamperoli, Human Resources, Bridgewater State College, Office of Human Resources, Boyden Hall, Bridgewater, MA 02325, Fax:  (508) 531-1725, TDD: (508) 531-1384, Email:            humres@bridgew.edu


State of Hawaii Career Opportunity: HOUSEPARENT FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND

These positions work in the dormitory of a center or school for elementary and secondary students who are deaf, deaf/blind, or blind with multiple disabilities and are responsible for planning and implementing activities to enhance the students social and emotional development through instruction, guidance, and assistance in practical life activities and social interaction; the physical care and supervision of the students on a shift; and maintenance of the dormitory. http://pahoehoe.ehawaii.gov/dhrd/statejobs/file_dir/204272.HTM


Learning Disability Specialist

Ensures the academic services to learning disabled students. Provides alternative techniques and learning strategies to enable learning disabled students to accommodate their disabilities. Provides remediation tutoring as requested. http://jobs.hccfl.edu,


Sign Language Interpreter

Understanding of a disabled person’s learning characteristics; show interest, enthusiasm, empathy, and a desire to help others; have good interpersonal human relations skills, and must be able to communicate effectively both written and orally. Apply: Employment Services, Central Texas College, P.O. Box 1800, Killeen, TX 76540-1800, Phone:  254-526-1158, Fax: 254-526-1170


Assistant Director, Office of Disability Accommodation

This position serves as the chief accommodation specialist and case manager for students with disabilities in support of the Director of Disability Services. Students with disabilities being served will primarily include, but are not limited to: Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury and other chronic or "hidden" disabilities that fall within the realm of cognitive/learning/psychiatric. Apply: Valerie Green, Employment, University of North Texas, PO Box 311010, Denton, TX 76203 Fax: 940-369-7137, Email: employment@unt.edu



Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus

The California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus represents and advocates for the interests of the diverse API communities throughout California. It seeks to increase Asian Pacific Islander participation and representation in all levels of government. http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/apilegcaucus/default.htm


Dragon Naturally Speaking

The world's first and foremost software product that recognizes and creates general text from normal speech. It has won more than 120 major industry awards. http://www.advancedspeech.com


2005 Sign Language Calendar

Give the gift of communication to family, friends, and co-workers! This sign language calendar contains new signs to practice each month. Each month features a different Food Group with illustrations, signs, and English and Spanish translations. Children can use the pages to build their own giant Food Pyramid poster for classroom or home. http://www.coloroflanguage.com/prodcal05.html


Asian Resources

Asian Resources, Inc. is a non-profit community based organization established in 1980 dedicated to providing multiple social services needed in our community, empowering everyone we serve to become a vital part of our changing, diverse society. http://www.asianresources.org


Schwarz Financial Services LLC: Helping Deaf Investors Achieve Financial Security

Louis J. Schwarz, CFP, RFC, was the first Deaf person to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner in 1986. Simon D. Roffe, RFC is a registered financial consultant. Your long-term financial success matters to Louis and Simon. They monitor your investments, and give quarterly reports on their progress. Their prompt attention to your questions and concerns reflect their commitment to providing superior service. http://www.schwarz-financial.com/new/schwarz-financial


Asian American/Pacific Islander Employment Program

At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Equal  Opportunity and Diversity Management (OEODM) has established,  by authority of the Director, NIH, the Asian American/Pacific Islander Employment Program (AAPIEP) to provide advice, guidance, and  recommendations on systemic issues affecting Asian employees. http://oeodm.od.nih.gov/aapiep







Workforce Board Leadership Teleconference: Workforce Development For Economic Development – January 11, 2005; 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The workforce and workplace is changing, and how local communities respond to these changes is key to local economic growth and opportunity. Workforce Boards, systems, partners, and programs can play a critical role in helping job seekers, workers and businesses survive and thrive in this new environment. After exploring the top ten changes and challenges in the workforce and workplace, specific recommendations will be made on how your Workforce Board can respond and be an important part of the needed solutions. What are you doing to get ready for tomorrow, today? http://www.worknetwork.org/teleseries0405.html


Summit 2005: One-Stop Career Center Performance – January 13-14, 2005

New Orleans, LA       

Improve delivery of One-Stop workforce development services by linking performance measures to assessment and training tools. Collaborate with industry and colleges to effectively match employment services to your clients' needs. http://www.performanceweb.org/social/s204/s204_index.htm


21st International Seating Symposium - January 20–22, 2005

Orlando, Florida

Presentations will cover evaluation, provision, research, and quality assurance issues in seating and mobility for persons with disabilities. The symposium will include scientific and clinical papers, a research forum, in-depth workshops, panel sessions, and an extensive exhibit hall. http://www.iss.pitt.edu/ISS2005/ISS_2005.html


Performance Measurement for INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY in Government

“Linking Your IT Initiatives To Your Agency's Strategic Plans” - January 25-27, 2005

Arlington, VA

At this conference, you will hear proven strategies and practical experience, firsthand, from leading agencies and practitioners like yourself, on how to improve your IT management initiatives and practices as stated in the President's Management Agenda. http://www.aliconferences.com/conferences/governmentitperformance/105.html


2005 Workforce Development Institute - January 27-29, 2005

Phoenix, AZ

WDI is the focal point of a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The Institute offers outstanding learning and networking opportunities by bringing together experts from business, education, and government to discuss innovative workforce training techniques and applications. WDI will educate, invigorate, and motivate those who are new to workforce development as well as seasoned practitioners. For more information contact jmills@aacc.nche.edu

The last day to register is December 30, 2004.


Careers Conference 2005: Developing Careers, Changing Lives - January 31-February 2

Madison, Wisconsin

You won't want to miss this 19th annual outstanding national conference that has earned a solid reputation for its comprehensive coverage of career development, career preparation, and education for work. http://www.cew.wisc.edu/careers/cc2005/default05.asp


Performance Measurement for GRANT Programs: “How To Measure, Manage & Evaluate The Effectiveness Of Your Grants To Generate Results” - February 1-3, 2005

Washington, DC

Tracking the performance of your organization requires efficient systems, a dedication to high-caliber performance and an understanding that measurement fuels your strategic plan. It's difficult, but well worth the effort. When your strategic efforts are aligned with your measurement processes, your organization's success rate increases. Without measurement, you cannot correct mistakes you may not even know you are making. Measurement is crucial to staying on the track toward superior performance and achieving desired outcomes.



National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals - February 15-18, 2005

Tropicana Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Building Our Future Together is the theme of the 2005 inaugural conference of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. Plenary sessions, workshops, research roundtables and resource fair exhibits will highlight programs and research developed and implemented by Cooperative Extension professionals and their federal, state and local partners. http://www.ncrcrd.iastate.edu/nacdep/index.htm


International Job & Career Transition Coach Certification – February 18-20, 2005 Orange County, CA   

As job search or career development coaches, we are called upon to assist our clients in making successful short-term job transitions and long term career transitions. Often, these transitions are unwelcome and unplanned for. In order to help our clients be successful, we need a simple but comprehensive framework for the transition as well as specific coaching skills that we can use to facilitate, guide and push our clients to success. http://www.careernetwork.org/ijctcct.html


Fifth Annual Harvard Public Policy and Leadership Conference - February 24-27, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The intensive three days of workshops, panels and lectures is designed to encourage students who possess a commitment to public service (especially those interested in addressing policy issues affecting historically under-served communities) to pursue graduate study in public policy and international affairs. http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/pplc

Leadership Institute on Power Brain sponsored by NTAC-AAPI and The Dahn Institute – February 26-27, 2004 (Pacific Rim 2005 Pre-conference)
Sheraton, Waikiki
A unique professional development opportunity designed for educators from preschool to college levels, managers and administrators in government or private industries, vocational rehabilitation counselors, human resources personnel, doctors, nurses, or therapists who work in health-related industries, and graduate students.  http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu

The Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities 2005 - February 28 & March 1, 2005

Sheraton, Waikiki

Since the first Pacific Rim (Pac Rim) Conference in 1985, the scope and size of this premier event has grown to include participants from the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, Pacific Islands Nations, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and numerous other countries. Persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, and service providers join policy-makers and nationally recognized speakers in the field of disabilities to participate in the Pac Rim Conference to learn from each other and to share resources for communities to fully accept and support persons with disabilities. http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu


DISABILITY POLICY SEMINAR - February 28 - March 2, 2005

Washington, DC

The Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization held a consultation in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with families, self-advocates, organizational advocates, health care experts and legal experts in the field of intellectual disability for the purpose of creating a statement on the rights of people with intellectual disability. http://www.thearc.org


National Capacity Building Institute (CBI): Enhancing Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities through Culturally Relevant Supports, Services, and Education - March 2-3, 2005

Sheraton, Waikiki

This CBI will critically explore the successful preparation for and transition to postsecondary education and employment for youth with disabilities in the context of cultural and linguistic diversity.  Speakers will offer suggestions for practices that create or strengthen culturally relevant support services, educational environments, assessment tools, and community/ family partnerships. http://www.ncset.hawaii


2nd European Congress “Physiotherapy and Prevention”March 2–5, 2005

Vienna, Austria
The 2nd European Congress “Physiotherapy and Prevention” offers you the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the results of the latest research in the field of physiotherapy. The most important item on the agenda of the congress is a scientific examination of the correlation between physiotherapy and prevention. In addition, you will get the chance to keep yourself informed about new developments related to the medical practice and about tried-and-true therapy and treatment techniques. Workshops combined with scientific lectures and a presentation of posters is also scheduled. http://www.physioaustria.at/2005/congress


7th International Conference on Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s Disease (AD/PD 2005) - March 9-13, 2005

Sorrento, Italy

The subject matter of all of these ADPD conferences is unique, in that it deals both with issues related individually to Alzheimer`s Disease and Parkinson`s Disease, as well as to the integration between these as well as other related diseases. To ensure the success of these conferences, we invite renowned professionals who present lectures on the most up-to-date techniques and research findings in Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s and other related diseases. http://www.kenes.com/adpd/index.asp


2005 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI) - March 11-13, 2005

The purpose of the Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI) is to improve the quality of programming and services to blind and visually impaired children, adults, and their families. The Institute is designed to provide a forum in which leadership personnel and emerging leaders from the blindness field can come together to increase and share their knowledge and expertise. http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=28&TopicID=92


The 10th National/3rd International Conference on Abuse of Children & Adults with Disabilities - March 14-16, 2005

Riverside, CA
Hosted by Arc Riverside, the Only Ongoing Conference on abuse and other crimes against children, adults and seniors with disabilities brings you up-to-date and provides basic information for those new to the field. Please register early to get the best rate. The Internet Discount fee is $265 until March 1, 2005, and $340 after that date. All others: Early Registration is $275 through February 11, 2005, and $350 after that date. Pay online by credit card for the best rates. CEUs are also available! Register online at: http://www.disability-abuse.com/cando/conf


NCRC Annual Conference – March 16-19, 2005.

Washington, DC

The largest gatherings of economic justice proponents and supporters of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) as a tool for economic development, these conferences typically draw over 500 participants from the U.S. and abroad. They are widely acknowledged for their presentation of cutting-edge ideas and information on the hottest topics – such as predatory lending and "globalization" of the financial industry. For more on NCRC’s upcoming Annual Conference call Larry Broadwell at 202/628-8866 or email lbroadwell@ncrc.org.

Unite For Sight Second Annual International Health Conference: "Eyes on International Collaboration: Promoting Health From Campus to Lab to Field" - April 2-3, 2005
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Unite For Sight empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.

Vision 2005 – April 4-7, 2005

London, UK.

The world’s largest conference on issues concerning people with sight problems – Themes: Clinical care and integrating rehabilitation, Epidemiology and world blindness, Visual function assessment and visual performance, Education across the lifespan, Advances in technology, designing and constructing for an inclusive environment, Employment. http://www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/code/public_rnib004044.hcsp


2004 Career Expo for People with Disabilities – April 8, 2004

New York City, NY

Offers bonus distribution of Equal Opportunity Publication's (EOP) career-guidance/recruitment magazines for the diversified workforce. These job expos are wonderful opportunities for job-seekers and recruiters to meet face to face. http://www.eop.com


Partnering with Economic Development: Creating the Workforce Advantage - April 12, 2005

Workforce development is one increasingly important element of a comprehensive community economic development strategy. Today, the communities that have workers with the right skills and work ethic have a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses. Workforce Boards have a critical role in developing the skills of employed, unemployed, and emerging workers in order to attract new businesses and to retain and expand the businesses you already have. This session will show you how to build meaningful partnerships for economic development; help you decide which industry clusters you should target for maximum economic impact; and provide benchmarks and examples of how to convert your program operations into a demand-driven system for economic growth. http://www.worknetwork.org/teleseries0405.html

10TH ANNIVERSARY TCC Worldwide Online Conference: "BACKWARDS OR INTO THE FUTURE?" - April 19-21, 2005
Pre-Conference Dates: April 5-6, 2005
You are invited to join us in our 10th anniversary and celebration of the TCC Worldwide Online Conference. We are working with a new name with the same goals -- sharing expertise, experiences and knowledge among faculty and staff relevant to the use of information technology in learning, teaching and related academic services to university and college students worldwide. TCC now represents "Technology, Colleges and Community." It is the longest running online conference designed for university and college practitioners including faculty, academic support staff, counselors, student services personnel, and administrators.  http://tcc.kcc.hawaii.edu

National Training Conference (NTC) – May 9-11, 2005

Washington, DC
National Training Conference (NTC), a 3-day conference, will focus on the employment, advancement, retention, and culture of Government employees who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as hearing employees. The conference will also focus on ways to foster communication among hearing and Deaf individuals, regardless of communication modes such as sign language or spoken English. http://www.dhhig.org/ntc/2005/index.htm


8th Annual ACT National WorkKeys Conference: Unlock the Potential - May 9-11, 2005

Chicago, Illinois

The goal of this conference is to create an arena for the mutual exchanges of relevant WorkKeys information. One-hour session facilitators should plan a 45-minute presentation. The remaining 15 minutes will be reserved for Q&A. http://www.act.org/workkeys/conf/info.html



San Diego, California

IRMA is an international professional organization dedicated to furthering the professionalism of its members. IRMA brings together researchers, practitioners, academicians, and policy makers in information technology management. http://www.irma-international.org/conferences/2005/index.asp


Deaf Women & HIV/AIDS in Africa: No Time to Wait - June 10-12, 2005

Washington, DC

The Deaf Women and HIV/AIDS in Africa conference is open to anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of issues related to overcoming obstacles to identifying, communicating with and treating deaf women in Africa who have HIV or AIDS. Through a series of presentations, roundtable discussions and exhibits, participants will heighten awareness of the plight of deaf women in Africa with HIV or AIDS and acquire the information tools necessary to bring about change. http://www.deafafricanwomen.org/index.htm


ICORR 2005: 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics

Frontiers of the Human-Machine Interface - June 28 - July 1, 2005

Chicago, Illinois

ICORR highlights the most recent advances in the basic sciences of rehabilitation robotics. This conference will focus on a number of topics, including the themes of:    Assistive Robotics, Therapeutic robotics, Brain-machine interfaces for rehabilitation, Robotics in Prosthetics and Orthotics, Hardware and control developments for rehabilitation, Evaluation Methods and Clinical Experience, Biorobotics and Biomimetics, Basic Science and Sensory/Motor Control Learning. http://www.smpp.northwestern.edu/ICORR2005/index.htm


HCI International 2005 – July 22-27, 2005

Las Vegas, NV
The conference objective is to provide an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of HCI, usability, internationalization, virtual reality, universal access and cognitive ergonomics.


12th World Conference of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) - July 16 - 21 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organisations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all visually impaired children and youth so that they may achieve their full potential. http://www.icevi.org


Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005 - August 23-25, 2005

Dundee, Scotland

The conference will explore the frontiers of inclusive design in the real world. It will examine some of the challenges in implementing the numerous guidelines and meeting legal responsibilities. There will be opportunities for discussion and debate among those at the front-line of design and development work and those providing guidance regarding accessible and inclusive design.  http://www.accessinthedigitalworld.org


2005 Deaf Seniors of America Conference -- August 31-September 5, 2005

San Francisco, CA

The history of the Deaf Seniors of America, Inc. dates back to the first national conference held in Austin, Texas, May, 1992. Since then there have been six consecutive conferences every two years, the most recent in Boston, Mass., May, 2003. http://www.deafseniors.com





As the first American woman of Asian descent to be in a President's Cabinet, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has always stated her commitment and strong ties to this community. Under her leadership, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has made significant contributions to the advancement of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through its human capital program, enforcement priorities, compliance assistance efforts and partnership activities. http://www.dol.gov/asp/programs/factsheet/apa.htm


Ten Accessibility Blunders

Web accessibility is about making your website accessible to all Internet users (both disabled and non-disabled), regardless of what browsing technology they're using. More and more countries have passed laws stating that websites must be accessible to blind and disabled people. http://www.nmk.co.uk/article/2004/12/08/accessibility-blunders


Articles on Interethnic Dispute Resolution and Preventative Approaches to Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

The Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC) provides mediation and conflict resolution services to diverse communities throughout Los Angeles County. APADRC provides services to the general public and seeks to serve Asian and Pacific Islanders for whom mainstream services may be inaccessible because of language, cultural and/or economic barriers. It is the only mediation program in Southern California whose target clientele include low-income, monolingual/limited English proficiency Asian and Pacific Islanders. The agency is funded by the Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Services. http://www.apadrc.org/resources


World Celebrates International Disability Day: "Nothing About Us Without Us"

People with disabilities and their allies around the globe celebrated the International Day of Disabled Persons. The theme of the world-wide observance, "Nothing About Us Without Us", reflected the importance of people with disabilities to have a voice in their lives, equal opportunities to be meaningfully included in their communities, and chances to contribute to society. http://www.inclusiondaily.com/archives/04/12/03/120304intadv.htm






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