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Semi-Monthly e.News – March 1, 2004
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~ Research / Publications



Brain Respiration Workshop – March 11, 2004

Business Administration Building, Rm. A102, 3:30-5:00 pm

ALL ARE WELCOME! We encourage all interested students, faculty, staff, and individuals with disabilities to attend.  Benefit from reduced stress, Improved Body-Brain Communication, Enhanced Cognitive Functions and Learning Ability, Enhanced Self-Esteem and Social Interaction, and developing your Brain’s Full Potential. Presented by Dhan Master, Anita Ahn at the Dhan Hak Holistic & Energy Training Institute &

Hosted by Dr. Weol Soon Kim-Rupnow at the National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI).  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, March 5th.  Please call 956-2890 or respond via email to Jessica at Let her know if you need special accommodations.


Calling All Exhibitors!

If you are interested in exhibiting your program or product at the 20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, March 29-30, in Honolulu, Hawaii, please email the CDS exhibit staff at:  Congratulations to new exhibitors AGS Publishing, Teachable Movements Project: AskABLE, Easter Seals, Maxi-Mobility, and Otto Bock Health Care! For more information about Pac Rim 2004, see url: and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin article at


Mini-Subcontract Proposals

Congratulations to the Korean American Association for the Rehabilitation of the
Disabled and Career College of California for having their submittals approved!
  NTAC-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


Looking for Collaborators at the 19th Annual National Leadership Training Conference and Agency Exhibits - May 17-21, 2004, San Francisco, CA
The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (tel # 415 788-1234) will showcase programs at their conference for APAs with disabilities, Native Americans, civil rights, supervisory/management issues, and current legislation concerning APAs. The National Technical Assistance Center <> would like to submit proposals at this conference in the following areas: 1) conduct a workshop to educate FAPAC conference participants in the area of disability and job-site mentoring/accommodation for Asian American and Pacific Islanders individuals with disabilities; 2) conduct a whole day training institute on topics such as cultural competency & outreach strategies to recruit both employers & consumers in AAPI community-targeting personnel, and/or 3) reserve an exhibit booth to recruit employers/mentors for the NTAC-AAPI database. Any NTAC-AAPI member who would like to collaborate with us at the FAPAC conference with similar or new ideas, please contact Dr. Kim-Rupnow at or 808-956-5712.  


National & International

Lanai Young Artists Create 1,000 Raku Medallions for the 20th Anniversary of the Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities’ International Event Sponsored by the University of Hawaii at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu - March 29-30, 2004
Honolulu—Lanai City youth artists with disabilities are creating one-thousand rainbow Raku pendants to sell as commemorative keepsakes of the 20th annual international Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, sponsored by the University of Hawaii College of Education Center on Disability Studies at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.  The Lanai High and Elementary School students are busy with the designs and will work with mentors during the month of March. They are part their island's creative entrepreneurial cooperative, a partnership between VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific and Lanai Arts Center and the island’s public school.


The Artsplace Official Grand Opening - March 19, 3-9 p.m. and March 20, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

More than 200 volunteers are putting in between 8-40 hours getting the Artsplace, Hawaii's newest and emerging arts and business development center ready for the opening show and for art classes to begin in April.  For more information – Susan Miller, E-mail:


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: DPI World Summit 2004: Diversity Within September 8 - 10, 2004

DPI’s World Summit will be an opportunity for national assemblies, disability organizations, NGOs, international development agencies, as well as local and national goods and services providers in the disability field to discuss and share information. The purpose of the Summit is to pursue the issues identified at the DPI 6th World Assembly in Sapporo, Japan, to address the issue of diversity, and to prepare for the next World Assembly in South Africa in 2006.


EASI: April 2004 tuition-based and free clinics
April 8: “Linux and Sun Accessibility Tools” presented by Peter Korn from Sun Microsystems and April 22: “The Other Side of Section 508” presented by Doug Wakefield of the Federal Access Board.

Labor Secretary Chao Calls for Entries to 2004 New Freedom Initiative Award
Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao today called upon non-profits, small businesses, corporations and individuals that have demonstrated exemplary and innovative efforts in furthering the employment and workplace environment for people with disabilities, a goal of President Bush's New Freedom Initiative,
to submit their entries for the 2004 "Secretary of Labor's New Freedom Initiative Award." Additional information on the award and specific nomination criteria are available in the February 27, 2004 Federal Register or at under the New Freedom Initiative tab.  The information is also available by calling the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Education and Outreach Section, at (202) 693-7880.  The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 21, 2004.

Come to the EASI Party March 18 at the CSUN Convention in LA!

EASI will again hold a Mexican buffet at the California State University Northridge Technology and People with Disabilities Convention held in Los Angeles.  The party will be Thursday, March 18 between 7-10 in the Scottsdale room at the LAX Marriot hotel.  We hope our old friends and new friends will drop by either to eat and talk or just to talk.  We want to thank all of you for your support over the past months and years. EASI will also Web broadcast Presentations from the conference on Thursday, March 18.  Read more details and register, free, at


2005 Transpac Meeting – March 6, 2004

The first General Information Meeting on the 2005 Transpac (a 2,225 nautical mile ocean race from Los Angeles to Honolulu), will be on Saturday, March 6, 2004, 11 AM -- immediately following the Challenged America 10 am Sailing Team meeting at the sailing office on Shelter Island, San Diego, CA.


2004 GRANTS IN VISUAL ARTS AND FILM/VIDEO – deadline March 15, 2004

Since 1999, Creative Capital Foundation has offered project-based grants to individual artists working in the visual arts, performing arts, film/video, and in emerging fields.


Issues of Transition and Postsecondary Participation for Individuals with Disabilities - March 31 - April 1, 2004

The Institute will explore issues related to the transition and postsecondary participation of youth with "hidden" disabilities, which includes learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, psychiatric disabilities, emotional disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and other such disabilities that cannot be "seen."


UNIVERSITY PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH COGNITIVE & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: George Mason University, located in Northern Virginia, recently established the Learning into Future Environments (LIFE) Program as an innovative program of their Graduate School of Education's Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities.  LIFE is intended for young adults with significant learning disabilities; cognitive disabilities, including mental retardation; and developmental disabilities such as autism. For more information on the program, contact Rioux-Bailey at (703) 993-3670 or 


2004 National Women's Health Week celebration - May 9-15, 2004

Whether you are an individual, a health care provider, a business leader, a community organization, or a governor, mayor, or tribal leader, there is something you can do to participate in National Women's Health Week.


A Legislative Summit in Conjunction with 20th Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities - March 30, 2004

Room 329, Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu

Artists Mean Business — Creative Pathways to Employment” Summit at the State Capitol, March 30, will address changes needed to move people with disabilities out of the disenfranchised social and economic margins of our Island communities, by providing them with employment and self-employment options in the arts and all aspects of Hawaii's creative industries.


Call for nominations – deadline May 28, 2004

Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian painter, designer, sculptor, architect and engineer, was a man whose spirit of scientific inquiry and mechanical inventiveness were centuries ahead of his time. In the spirit of this 15th-century visionary, The Engineering Society of Detroit and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, created a nationally recognized award to celebrate universal design and technology that benefits people with disabilities.

The da Vinci Awards recognize individuals, organizations and corporations in the engineering, construction and technical fields whose design innovations have exceeded legally mandated requirements, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, to further empower people with disabilities.








Chaya is a community based nonprofit organization serving South Asian women in crisis and working to raise awareness of domestic violence issues in South Asian communities. The Community Mobilization Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director in developing the Community Mobilization Program. Fluency in Hindi, Punjabi, or Urdu a plus. Please send cover letter and resume to: Chaya P.O. Box  22291 Seattle, WA 98122 Fax: 206-568-2479 E-mail: Web page:


VSA arts PLAYWRIGHT DISCOVERY AWARD PROGRAM: Challenges middle and high school students of all abilities to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Two scripts are selected by a distinguished panel of award-winning theater artists for professional production at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Award recipients receive scholarship awards and a trip to Washington, D.C. to view the production.  Submission deadline is April 15.  For details, visit



ENTRY POINT! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business.


Hate Free Zone Washington is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to uphold the fundamental principles of democracy and justice.  The Associate Director is critical to Hate Free Zone Washington's organizational success, with particular responsibility for program, operations and staff management, and fund development.  Working in partnership with the Executive Director and key staff, the Associate Director will help to guide the organization to the next, exciting level of organizational growth and stability. To Apply:  Please send resume and cover letter to Associate Director Search Committee, Hate Free Zone Washington, 4860 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA  98118 or e-mail to


STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS: Wayne State University has a 3-week study abroad program for students with disabilities and/or students interested in the disability field in Pontlevoy, France. The application for aid can be accessed at:  For additional information contact Dr. Sharon Milberger at or Kelli Pugh at



The Board of Directors of Independence, Inc., is seeking an Executive Director to give direction and leadership toward the achievement of Independence Inc.'s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives. To Apply Send Cover Letter and Resume to: Executive Director Search Committee, Independence Inc., 2001 Haskell Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas 66046




CWP Video - Making the Case: The Nuts and Bolts of Hiring People with Disabilities

Hosted by the U.S. Chamber's Center for Workforce Preparation in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University, "Making the Case: the Nuts and Bolts of Hiring People with Disabilities" assembled two employers, a community based non- profit employment provider and a chamber executive together for a one hour presentation on the recruitment, hiring, and retaining of employees with disabilities. The panelists discuss the power of partnerships that helped to develop and sustain their successful business models. They build the business case by illustrating the cost benefits to their companies and offer words of advice to non-profit community providers wanting to find jobs for their clients.


Quality Mall

A place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities.


Bank One Accessible Banking

Accessible banking for the blind at Bank One extends to the entire customer

experience.  Bank One now provides information, including bank and credit

card statements, in Braille, cassette, and large print.  Raised line checks

are now available at the same price as standard basic checks.  In addition,

Bank One's bill pay service is free to the blind. To learn more visit the Bank One accessibility World Wide Web page at:



The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), advances learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities by fostering technology innovation.


AVIATION TOLL-FREE HOTLINE CARDS: The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (Enforcement Office), established a toll free telephone number that consumers who experience disability-related air travel problems may use to obtain information and assistance. .  If you are interested in receiving copies of the hotline business card to distribute to your friends and colleagues, please contact the hotline, at 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1- 800-455-9880 (TTY).





Conference on Disability Studies and the University – March 5-7, 2004

Atlanta, Georgia

The first national conference in the humanities for members of the academic community who are committed to diversity and who want to know more about disability studies and how it can shape learning environments. Faculty members, university administrators, and graduate students are welcome.


Relationship Development Conference Focusing on Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) -March 6th, 7th

Dr. Steven E. Gutstein Ph.D. on Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). The program covers all stages of relationship development, from adult-infant relationships to adult-adult loving relationships. (503) 356-8334


FORUM 2004: A skilled workforce, a stronger economy – March 14-16, 2004

Washington, DC

No longer is globalization limited to the transfer of low wage, blue collar jobs to workers in other nations. High wage, high skilled jobs are being outsourced abroad in record numbers. Wherever there is a competitive workforce, the free market reacts and jobs follow.


CSUN's 19th Annual International Conference "Technology and Persons with Disabilities' - March 15-20, 2004 |
Los Angeles, California

"The Center has advanced to the stage of conducting the longest-running and largest annual university sponsored conference on technology and persons with disabilities. This annual conference serves as a major training venue for professionals around the world involved in the field of disability and technology."


Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) 41st Annual International Conference -March 17-20, 2004

Atlanta Hilton, Atlanta, Georgia

Come join thousands of other: Parents, Adults with Learning Disabilities, Teachers and other Professionals, for 4 exciting days of learning and sharing!


New York City, New York

Expo provides a common platform for candidates seeking employment in the field of education and recruiters to hire qualified teachers, administrators and support staff.


Governmental Affairs Seminar - March 21-23, 2004

Washington, DC

Advocate for Action!  Jointly sponsored by The Arc, AAMR, AUCD and United Cerebral Palsy Association.


Online Seminar – March 23 & April 21, 2004

Exceptional Parent Foundation for Education is sponsoring an on-line seminar on the management of refractory seizures.


5th Annual Hawaii Conference and Health Fair: Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) - March 27-28, 2004

Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu) Wailea Marriott Resort (Wailea)

TCOYD’s mission is to educate and motivate people with diabetes and their loved ones to take a more active role in their condition, in order to live healthier, happier, and more productive lives.

20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities: "Promises to Keep, Futures to Seek" - March 29 - 30, 2004

Honolulu, Hawaii

Pac Rim 2004 strand topics include Lifelong Inclusion in Education and Community; Technology Across the Ages; Parent Partnerships and Family Supports; Employment and Adult Services; and Body, Mind and Spirit. Hosted by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), University of Hawai`i at Manoa (UCEDD).


Legislative Summit: "Artists Mean Business in Hawaii" - March 30, 5-7:30 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu
Hawaii State Senators Ros Baker, David Ige, Suzanne Chun Oakland along with
Representatives Mark Takai, Dennis Arakaki and others will sponsor the summit, which will include a celebration reception, entertainment by artists with disabilities and an small art show. For more information contact: Susan Miller, Hawaii Statewide Forum Coordinator, 295-0659 or


The Professional Employment Counselor: An Advocate for Jobseekers and Employers – March 31, 2004



NECA is dedicated to helping people prepare for, enter, understand and progress in the world of work through legislative advocacy, establishing standards and guidelines, showcasing best practices and networking.


Catch the Technology Wave Conference - April 1 - 2, 2004

Memphis, TN. 

Education, Community Health, and Supports for Persons with Disabilities.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




The Role Of Technology In Preparing Youth With Disabilities For Postsecondary Education And Employment
Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington

Today, technology has become essential in almost every educational, employment, community, and recreational environment. Access to electronic and information technology can help students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities prepare for and succeed in adult life.


Access to Success: A Guide for Employers

NEADS has also recently published Access to Success: a Guide for Employers.  This guide also contains profiles of leading employers here in Canada.



The report that summarizes the 2002 disability transportation study conducted by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics is available on line.   To access the report, go to the BTS homepage at and type in “Freedom to Travel” in the “Search Entire Site” window.


Adaptive Technologies for Learning and Work Environments
Second Edition by Joseph J. Lazzaro.

The book is available in both print and CD-ROM formats. The CD-ROM version is written in standard HTML and conforms to guidelines proposed by the World Wide Web Consortium‚s Web Accessibility Guidelines. The text is accessible for users employing adaptive equipment, and is readable with any PC equipped with a standard browser package.




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