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Semi-Monthly e.News – July 1, 2004
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NTAC-AAPI Activities

New Briefs added as of April 2004
(Products listed below are downloadable or send a request to for paper copies)
Vol. 1, Issue 4; Information Brief: Providing Effective Support Services for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Persons with Disabilities – This brief focuses on the projection that by the year 2040, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds are expected to comprise nearly 50 percent of the United States population -- a trend of utmost importance to disability researchers, service providers, and postsecondary personnel who need to understand the unique issues related to disability in CLD communities because racial and ethnic minorities--who often suffer from poverty, high unemployment, lack of health insurance, substance abuse, and poor education--have

significantly higher rates of disability than those of the majority Caucasian population.

Vol. 4, Issue 4; Employment Brief: Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities – This brief provides information and resources for people with disabilities to help them consider self-employment as a career option.

Vol. 5, Issue 1; Success Story Brief: John Yeh—A Man of Few Words – This brief focuses on a man with a disability who became frustrated by the shortage of technical and management employment opportunities for deaf individuals. Consequently, he and his brothers founded a software company, Integrated Micro-computer Systems, Inc. (IMS), which achieved annual sales in the millions and employed hundreds of people, many of whom were deaf. IMS and John were recognized with numerous awards for business and technical excellence, including the Norman Vincent Peale Foundation AmericaŐs Award, the Employer of the Year Award from the PresidentŐs Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and Small Business Administration recognition. 


NTAC-AAPIs Hire.Us Program
Congratulations to Gallaudet University, and the U.S. Department of Energy for registering and becoming a part of our Hire.Us Employer database! What is the Hire.Us program? Fast, Effective, and Free! The National Technical Assistance CenterŐs 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.


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


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-AAPI Subcontractor Activities

Hawaii Artists celebrated in Washington, D.C.
The state of Hawaii was well represented at the 2004 International VSA arts
Festival in Washington, D.C. June 9-12. The Festival showcased cutting-edge visual and performing art from around the world. Festival goers had a chance to witness creativity in progress, participate in an infusion of cultures, and learn about innovations in art education.


VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific: Three Summer Programs - July 1-August 6, 2004

Young Apprenticeship Summer Intensive (employment opportunities); Novice Artists Saturday Arts Classes at the Artsplace: Details, Fee and Schedule TBA; and Artists Studios: Hawaii Artists Cooperative and Career Opportunities Coalition Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities.  More information located at


National & International


George Alexander Memorial Volunteer Service Award

John F. Ciak, a social worker and Visual Impairment Services coordinator at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, received the George Alexander Memorial Volunteer Service Award during a spirited ceremony June 15 in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. "This is much more than I expected ... just overwhelming," said Ciak, who attended with his wife Ann and sons Brian and Jeff. The Blinded American Veterans Foundation presented the award to Ciak for his role in helping blinded and low-vision veterans adjust and reintegrate into their communities. The award specifically cited his role in establishing a talking prescription bottle program at the Pittsburgh VA in October 2003 and providing special services for blinded veterans receiving colon cancer screenings, such as audiotape instructions on preparation procedures. "Blinded veterans have special needs because of the nature of their disability. It's really just a matter of reviewing and assessing their needs and making accommodations," said Ciak, a Vietnam veteran who served with the 1st Infantry Division. Ciak joined VA in 1977 and has been with the VIST program since 1981. He has enrolled more than 1,000 blind veterans into VA blind rehabilitation program. BAVF was founded in 1985 by John Fales, Don Garner, and Dennis Wyant. All three lost their eyesight during military service yet went on to build successful careers. Fales writes the weekly Sgt. Shaft column in the Washington Times. Garner serves as director of blind rehabilitation for VA. And Wyant retired in 1999 as director of the Indianapolis VA Regional Office.


Search for "Asian/Pacific Comedians" and "Asian/Pacific Folklore Storytellers"
The Deaf of the Pacific Rim in Honolulu Hawaii will be hosting the 4th National Asian Deaf Conference. The site of the Conference will be at the Ilikai Hotel, Pacific Ballroom on August 4th to 8th 2004. Our Pageant Committee has a Search for Ladies 18-27 to compete in the Miss NADC Competition. Our Special Events Committee has a Search for "Asian/Pacific Comedians" and "Asian/Pacific Folklore Storytellers". We have Exhibit
space available for those interested in selling their special items. Contact
for further information.


Landmark Disability Survey Finds Pervasive Disadvantages - JUNE 24, 2004

Americans with disabilities are at a critical disadvantage compared to other Americans in ten key areas of life, according to the 2004 National Organization on Disability/Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities. Continuing a trend, the survey found slow and modest progress in the indicators, which Harris has tracked since 1986.


NEADS Conference 2004 Call for Speakers – Deadline August 13, 2004

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students invites interested individuals to serve on one of three workshop panels at our next conference entitled: "Right On!" which will take place at the Delta Hotel and Suites, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on November 13th to 14th, 2004. Speakers will include students, consumers, advocates, professionals and anyone else interested in the conference themes: Human Rights, Inclusion in Campus Life, or Access to Academic Materials for Print-Disabled Post-Secondary Students. Detailed information on themes, suggested topics and a web-based speaker submission form can be found on our Conference Site located at Any questions can be directed to Jason Mitschele, Conference 2004 Chair at


Grant Opportunity: Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities--Technology Implementation Center – deadline July 30, 2004

The purpose of the Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities--Technology Implementation Center competition is to: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational media activities designed to be of educational value to children with disabilities; (3) provide support for some captioning, and video description; and (4) provide cultural experiences through appropriate nonprofit organizations. CONTACT: Jane Hauser, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4092, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7373.




For its outstanding efforts in working with the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) to host annual job fairs for deaf and hard-of hearing students, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT) earned a First Place Citation Award from the New York State Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals. The award recognizes the college's Center on Employment's (NCE) commitment to promoting workforce development.


Family Opportunity Act and Money Follows the Person Demonstration
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD, formerly the American Association of University Affiliated Programs) applauds Representative Sessions (R-TX) and the House Energy and Commerce leadership for their efforts to move important legislation that would assist millions of children and adults with disabilities to live in the community and get the essential health care services they need.


Legal Aspects of Special Education - Fall Semester 2004

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Focuses on understanding special education law necessary to provide services for students with disabilities in a variety of placements.  Appropriate for special/general education teachers, administrators, related service providers or others wanting to be knowledgeable about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For more information contact: Dr. Ann Barnes,, 808-386-1984


Submission Deadline: 08-06-04

Call for Entries ART ABILITY: An International Juried Exhibition of Art and Fine Crafts by Artists with Disabilities November 15, 2004 - January 9, 2005 at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Paoli, PA. Open to artists with cognitive and physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairment. Only work executed after the onset of disability or injury is eligible. All media are eligible including: Works on Paper, Paintings, Sculpture, Jewelry, Photography, Pottery, Fiber arts and other crafts. Over $5,000 in prizes awarded last year. No submission fee. Submission deadline is August 6, 2004 and requires a submission form. For a complete prospectus and submission form send a SASE to: Jessica Lawrence, Art Ability Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, 414 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355 or request a prospectus by email to:


One-Year Pilot Project Invitation
The New York State Library's Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) and (Bookshare) invite you to take part in an exciting new, free-to-you, one-year pilot project. TBBL and Bookshare want to provide a wider range of digital books to TBBL patrons while learning how Bookshare can work to provide access to you. TBBL needs feedback from you on the sign up process and usability, as well as any suggestions you may have that would help make Bookshare a stronger resource for libraries and their patrons. If you want to become a member of this free pilot project, please contact or phone at 518-474-5957 by July 15th.





Associate Director of Admissions for Summer & Special Programs

The Associate Director reports to the Vice President for Enrollment Management responding to inquiries regarding Landmark CollegeŐs summer programs and working with the faculty and other college personnel, on developing special programs and activities to enhance Landmark CollegeŐs reputation as a Ňfirst choiceÓ college for students with LD and ADHD. Apply To: Thomas R. Brown, Human Resources, Landmark College, River Road South, P.O. Box 820, Putney, VT 05346

Phone: 802-387-6871, Fax: 8023877111, Via


Learning Specialist

Responsibilities include but are not limited to developing and implementing programs and services designed to meet the needs of student athletes who are at-risk, diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, and/or learning disabilities. Specific responsibilities include: manage, develop, implement, and monitor programmatic initiatives, train and supervise graduate assistants and facilitate on academic services. Submit a letter of application, resume, and three letters of recommendation to: Glenda W. Johnson, Academic Support Program for Student Athletes NCSU, Room 173 Reynolds Coliseum, Box 7104 Raleigh, NC 27695-7104. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Glenda W. Johnson, ASPSA., 919-515-4268 or 919-515-1619 (fax).


Program Supervisor, WIN (Workforce Initiative Network)
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the individuals we serve and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination. Apply: Samantha Vo, San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, 4750 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135, Phone: 408-270-6406, Fax: 408-223-6341, Online App:, Via


Director of Disability Services

The Director provides leadership and oversight for the operations and activities of the Office of Disability Services. Duties include the development and administration of comprehensive programs and services to meet the needs of disabled students at UIC, the management of departmental financial and personnel resources, the formulation, recommendation, and implementation of campus policies for disabled students, and advisement with appropriate organizations and individuals regarding disability services and programs for students. Send resume, cover letter, and list of references (include at least three individuals with their contact information) to: Chair, Search Committee, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1200 W. Harrison, SSB 3030, M/C 318, Chicago, Illinois 60607


Senior Program Therapist

Under general supervision, this individual will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team for the Early Childhood Evaluation Program at the Center for Development & Disability who can fulfill the role of cognitive evaluator, performing diagnostic developmental evaluations of infants and young children throughout the state. The individual will participate in collaborative training, technical assistance and consultation with families, early intervention agencies, and local education agencies throughout the state. Contact UNM Health Sciences Center Human Resources at (505) 272-6445 or visit our website at





The Rust Machine Operator Transitional Pilot Work Program

The Rust Machine Operator Transitional Pilot Work Program is a true partnership of diverse organizations coming together for their common good. In addition to the four major partners, the public high schools of George and Jackson counties are working to research ways to streamline young adults with learning disabilities into entry-level high paying jobs within the shipbuilding industry.   Specifically this initiative will test methods of recruiting, screening, hiring, and training individuals who may not otherwise be chosen for employment but may have a propensity for success.


National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is the worldŐs first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. As one of eight colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID provides excellent academic programs; outstanding access and support services; and diverse educational, social, and personal development opportunities for students.


Jot a Dot

Jot a Dot is the newest innovation in Braille writing, available for a fraction of the cost of a traditional Brailler.


HR Management Services

Established in 1986, HRMS is a professional service firm integrating the PC, Internet, and Video Technology with traditional recruitment, employment, and job training services. We are committed to leading the employment services industry by offering innovative technology and superior services that help qualified job seekers and employers find each other.


Kids As Self Advocates

KASA is a national, grassroots network of youth with special needs and our friends, speaking on behalf of ourselves. We are leaders in our communities, and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues. Those issues include: living with special health care needs, health care transition issues, education, employment, and many more. We also help health care professionals, policymakers and other adults in our communities understand what itŐs like to live with special health care needs and we participate in discussions about how to help each other succeed.


ILO AbilityAsia

The AbilityAsia web site represents the International Labour Organization (ILO)'s Disability Programme in Asia and the Pacific Region. There are 238 million people with disabilities of working age in the Region. These trainees, entrepreneurs, workers and managers demonstrate that if given a chance women and men with disabilities can be successful in the workplace and marketplace. dramatically increases the accessibility of books for people with visual or other print disabilities. Help build the collection of digital books.



This booklet has been produced to acquaint therapists and other health workers, as well as clients and careers, with the work that a technical aid to the disabled do to make life a little easier for people with disabilities.  It may also serve to brief any potential TAD volunteers on the type of work done in the Custom Designed Aid Service.







The Fifteenth Annual APSE Conference and Training Event - July 11-14, 2004
Indianapolis, Indiana

The conference provides an opportunity for individuals engaged in supported and customized employment to share information, sharpen their skills and re-ignite their commitment to the difficult task of advancing disability employment in their own communities. The conference provides multiple venues for participants to gain new knowledge, based on research and practical experience. Participants will enjoy quality speakers, productive dialogues, formal and informal networking, and exhibitors of tools and techniques to enhance employment outcomes and the lives of people with disabilities.



Impact 2004: 6th Annual WebCT User Conference – July 11-15,2004

Orlando, FL

Educators, course designers and system administrators will come together from all over the world to share their knowledge of WebCT and online teaching and learning.




Basic ADA - July 13, 2004

York, PA

This training covers the five titles of the ADA. If you are looking for a strong foundation in the basics of the ADA, this is the training for you! Learn how the ADA affects employment, business, state and local government, telecommuncations, and more! Registration fee is $50.00. Registration deadline is June 29; deadline to obtain discounted hotel rate is June 25, so register early! Contact: Rachel Margolis at the ADA & IT Information Center at 1-800-949-4232 V/TTY or e-mail


Third Annual Bridges to Employment Conference: Exploring Career Opportunities for Latinos with Disabilities – July 14-16, 2004

Chicago, IL

The conference will provide a national forum about issues concerning disabled Latinos and employment, and offer a variety of employment and technology training opportunities.


RESNA's 27th International Conference - June 18-22, 2004

Orlando, FL
RESNA is a community of people who share a passion. Our passion involves working with people with disabilities and technology. Our annual conference is an expression of that passion. Come and join an interdisciplinary gathering of professionals as diverse as the technology and people with whom we work.


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

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)


Third Annual Bridges to Employment Conference: Exploring Career Opportunties for Latinos with Disabilities - July 14-16, 2004

Chicago, IL

Proyecto Visi—n, through the World Institute on Disability (WID) and the Committee for the Integration of Latinos with Disabilities, sponsors this event. The conference includes two days of workshops, panel discussions, presentations and trainings in English and Spanish, conducted by employment experts as well as representatives of Latino, disability, and government organizations/agencies. Sessions topics will cover job training; resume writing; networking; scholarship, volunteer, internship and employment opportunities; support for higher education; individual development accounts; how to look for jobs, prepare for interviews, and transition from benefits to employment.


Workforce Innovations 2004 – July 19-21, 2004

Sponsored by the United States Department of LaborŐs Employment and TrainingAdministration and co-sponsored by the National Association of Workforce Boards, the annual Workforce Innovations conference provides attendees vital knowledge of the latest federal policy developments and funding opportunities, and best workforce investment system practices from across the nation. This yearŐs proposed conference tracks are: Policy, Budget and Legislation; Building a Demand-Driven System; and One-Stop Expectations, Enhancements and Integration.


The Missing Link in a Time of Accountability: Academic, Social and Emotional Learning - July 20, 2004

The Hunter College Leadership Center

The emphasis on high stakes testing and mandates to leave no child behind misses the essence of what makes people successful in life. This forum will address seminal research on how social, emotional and academic learning that is integrated into the framework of K-12 schools and higher education can improve student  achievement. Participants will learn from and dialogue with nationally renowned researchers, authors and practitioners. RSVP @ _jpatti@hunter.cuny.edu_ ( or call

212-772-4692 to confirm your attendance. Seating is limited.



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 NDDS National Conference - July 22–25, 2004

The 2004 conference, "Empowering, Reaching, Achieving," will bring together parents, family members, professionals, and teens and adults with Down syndrome from across the country for education, networking and celebration.


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.


4th National Asian Deaf Conference - August 4-8, 2004

Honolulu, HI

NADC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to define and address the cultural,

political and social issues experienced by Asians who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

NADC is strengthened by the diversity of its members and organizations that represent

various geographic regions, languages, religions, cultures and generations.


Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability - August 12-14, 2004
Washington, D.C.

Join this unique national professional network of accessibility coordinators, managers and directors in the cultural arts. The network is devoted to training emerging leaders and improving existing programs and facilities in an effort to make the cultural arts accessible to all. For additional information please contact the Kennedy Center Accessibility
Office at (202) 416-8727 (voice) or (202) 416-8728 (TTY), (202) 416-8802
(fax), or via email at


Rehabilitation Services AdministrationŐs 2004 National Employment Conference, Employment and DisAbility 2004:  The VR – Business Partnership - August 16-18, 2004

Washington, D.C.

The 2004 national event represents a significant departure from previous conferences.  It will target the infrastructure of the State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency, especially the leadership and professional staff responsible for creating and maintaining employer   development, business relations and large-scale job placement. For additional information about the 2004 conference, please contact Jenn Rigger at 202-260-2179 or


Access 2004: The Small Business Summit - September 7-9, 2004

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host "Access 2004," a two-day Small Business Summit, in Washington, DC, on September 7-9, 2004. Participants will have a unique opportunity to help craft the ChamberŐs small business policy agenda for 2005, receive an election preview, and connect with elected officials. Yolanda Jacobs, Phone: (202) 463-5589


Celebrating a Quarter Century of Changing Minds: NAMI 2004 Convention - September 8-12, 2004

Washington, DC

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 2004 convention will celebrate NAMI's 25th anniversary. The conference will address mental health services, research, forensic issues, housing, employment, consumer-run programs, fundraising, and other topics of critical importance to consumers and family members. Breakout VIII, an event that brings together professionals who provide culturally competent community mental health services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deafblind, will be held in partnership with the NAMI convention this year.


Charting the Course: Accommodating and Employing People with Disabilities - September 20-21, 2004

JAN's annual symposium offers a unique opportunity for human resource managers, supervisors, and other management professionals to attend workshops presented by JAN consultants, share information with your peers, and gain valuable guidance and resources that can be shared with others in your company or organization. JAN has also invited featured speakers with expertise in employment law, best practices, and disability issues to join them.


Advanced ADAAG: How to Conduct an Accessibility Survey - September 28-30, 2004

Bowie, MD

Advanced ADAAG is a higher level training for those with previous training and experience with architectural accessibility. This training explores ADA requirements in great detail. Participants will conclude the training with a hands-on experience conducting an accessibility survey. Registration fee is $150.00. Registration deadline is September 10; deadline to obtain discounted hotel rate is August 27, so register early!

Contact: Rachel Margolis at the ADA & IT Information Center at 1-800-949-4232 V/TTY or e-mail


Alternatives 2004 - October 13-17, 2004

Denver, CO

The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse holds the only national conference organized by and for mental health consumers and survivors.


22nd Annual Closing The Gap Conference - October 19-23, 2004

Bloomington, Minnesota

Closing The Gap's Annual Conference has an international reputation as a leading source for information on innovative applications of computer technology for persons with disabilities. The 2004 Conference builds on a tradition of providing a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.


7th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media - November 9-10, 2004

Boulder, Colorado

The conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of assistive technology in university and college settings for sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Contact Kirk Behnke (, (818) 677-2578 v/tty/msg, at the Center on Disabilities for registration and information.


NEADS Conference 2004: Right On! – November 13-14, 2004

Ontario, Canada

Speakers will include students, consumers, advocates, professionals and anyone else interested in the conference themes. Detailed information on themes, suggested topics and a web-based speaker submission form can be found on our Conference Site located at  Any questions can be directed to Jason Mitschele, Conference 2004 Chair at


"Beyond the Myths: Successful Collaboration for Technology Innovators"
A conference and networking event for researchers, vendors and developers - November 15-17, 2004

The National Center for Technology Innovation is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Technology Innovators Conference (formerly the Annual OSEP Technology Project Directors' Meeting) to be held on November 15-17, 2004, in Washington, DC.




Web-based Teaching: Communicating Technical Diagrams with the Vision Impaired

Technical diagrams are an inescapable part of professional life. In the IT (information technology) field, advancement often involves the ability to analyse and design systems, requiring the preparation and interpretation of diagrams. One standard vehicle for achieving this in the object-oriented community is with the Unified Modeling Language (UML).


Preparing for College and Beyond

The first definitive source for all academic students who need accommodation for a visual impairment.


Japan: The Dawning of a Society for Disabilities Studies

The Japan Society for Disability Studies was established in Japan on October 11, 2003, chaired by Jun Ishikawa, a professor at the International Relations Department at University of Shizuoka. Professor Ishikawa, who has a Ph.D. in sociology, is also a blind person.


Left Out Online

Electronic media should be a boon for people with disabilities, but few colleges embrace the many new technologies that could help.


Brain development and puberty may be key factors in learning disorders

A Northwestern University study is the first to suggest that delayed brain development and its interaction with puberty may be key factors contributing to language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia.




When writing, itŐs important to be concise, particularly in journalism. However, sometimes the effort to limit wordiness leads to inappropriate references to people with disabilities.


Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities

The new edition of this award-winning book will show you how today's technology is redefining human potential and what it means to have a disability.






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