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 – November 1, 2004
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~ Announcements

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~ Resources

~ Institutes / Conferences

~ Research / Publications



NTAC-AAPI Activities

It’s Tally Time!  
The 03-04 Fiscal Year (October 1 2003 through September 30, 2004) has ended, and it’s time to tally the results of our hard work.  This is a call to all network members, collaborators, and e-news recipients to provide us with the numbers of AAPIs with disabilities served  and/or employed by you during the 03-04 FY.  In addition to the hard data, we would also like to hear your success stories.  These stories may be shared with the rest of the community through our NTAC-AAPI briefs and future e-newsletters, and perhaps at our PacRim Conference in Honolulu in February 2005.  We look forward to hearing from you! Please send all information to Christine at

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.

Disability Mentoring Day – October 20, 2004
Thank you to all our mentors and mentees who participated in this exciting event!  This year was a great success with 16 mentees being 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, The Hawaii State Department of Health, and the Castle Medical center.  By participating in this event mentees were able to experience what it would be like to have a career of their dreams while mentors were able to experience working with employees with diverse backgrounds and abilities.  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



NTAC-AAPIs Hire.Us Program
Congratulations to Robert Brown, and Mohammed Qibou, for registering and becoming a part of our Hire.Us Employee database! What is the Hire.Us program? In addition, congratulations ESC,, and Oahu Job Links 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 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.


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-AAPI Subcontractor Activities


Ways Volunteers can help at the Hawaii Artsplace

The Artsplace offers 9-12k students the opportunity to earn credit for the many ways they can serve as volunteers. Students can build a portfolio containing records of their service, which will be helpful when they apply for colleges and scholarships. As the students works with the Artsplace teams they will become more responsive to the needs of those around them, as well as make a lasting impact on the people they serve.


TROY AND CHEESA LAURETA to appear with Beethoven's Nightmare at Hawaii
Theatre in Honolulu for Carole Kai Hawaii Stars - Extraordinary Abilities
2004, Nov. 7, 5 p.m.
The show will be aired on KHON Channel 2 on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas
in Honolulu. Troy and Cheesa Laureta are two Filipino-American siblings who have been performing together as a brother-sister act for nearly 7 years.
Currently residing in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, they have been seen performing all
over the islands, as well as many places abroad. The "Laureta Kids," as many
older locals have learned to call them, have made a local name for
themselves as the "Pinoy Stevie Wonder/Alicia Keys" of Oahu.

National & International


The Washington Center (TWC) Program for Students with Disabilities Update - Spring '05 Deadline: NOVEMBER 15th, 2004

TWC is excited to start our second full-year of providing 50 competitive scholarship awards in the amount of $7,430 for students with disabilities interested in working in the executive, judicial or legislative branches of the federal government. The scholarships are available through a partnership with the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy and with technical assistance from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).  Contact: Jennifer “JT” Taransky, TWC/AAPD Internship Logistics Coordinator for Students with Disabilities 202.457.0046,,

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for "BACKWARDS OR INTO THE FUTURE?" - Submission Deadline: December 31, 2004
 The TCC Online Conference coordinators invite faculty, support staff, librarians, counselors, administrators, and consultants to submit proposals for papers, discusssions and other presentations that address the impact of technological change, the Internet, and other technologies on how we teach and learn in colleges and universities worldwide. FURTHER INFORMATION. For further information--guidelines for proposals, formats, possible topics, presenter's role, registration procedures, key dates, etc., see or contact Bert Kimura, or Karl Naito  

Pre-Registration For the Washington DC, DC CAREER EXPO 2004 for People with Disabilities - deadline November 11, 2004 by 11:00 am EST.!

Since 1968, Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP) has led the way from affirmative action to diversity recruitment by publishing career-guidance and recruitment magazines for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities. Come register to join us at our Annual Career Expo to meet with Fortune 500 Companies and Government agencies looking to recruit new talent.


"Completing the Circle: One Heart, Two-Spirits, and Beyond" with Dr.

Terry Tafoya, Ph.D., on November 17, 2004

The Walden House REACH program is sponsoring a training on cultural competency in working with Native Americans.  For more information, contact Gloria Soliz,, 415.934.3472.


EASI plans to do Internet Webcasts of several of the presentations from:

Accessing Higher Ground Conference in Boulder November 11-12

Below is the schedule of the presentations we plan to stream live on the Internet.

You will need to register to be able to join the events although participation

is free.  November 11 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (MT) Evaluating Text to Speech Software for College Students with Learning Disabilities, Ellen Cutler, Santa Monica College; 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. University e-text Production Programs, Ron Stewart, Oregon State University, Margaret Londergan, Indiana University; 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Digital Collections of Historical Documents and Accessibility, Axel Schmetzke, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. November 12 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Telecommunications Accessibility, David Basquis, The U.S. Access Board; 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Disability Access to Information Technology under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA, Tom Rock, US Dept. of Ed, OCR, Denver; 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Meeting E-Text Demands in Higher Education, Gaeir Dietrich, HTCTU. Register at:


2004 Conference Overview

On October 12, 2004, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao hosted the second Opportunity Conference for Asian Pacific and Hispanic Americans in Washington DC for over 1,200 participants. The full-day conference was designed to serve these two fastest-growing segments of the 21st century workforce, and inform small business owners, non-profit and faith based organizations and community leaders about the many opportunities available to them.


Public Policy and Leadership Conference at Harvard University

The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Harvard Public Policy and Leadership Conference for first and second year undergraduate college students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The conference aims to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate programs in public policy and international affairs by informing students about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy. The conference is free of charge, and once accepted, participants will receive free travel, room and board. The application is due by November 17, 2004. An application can be downloaded at: If you have any question or comment, please contact Jason Smith: (617) 496-6542,



University Interpreter

Provide expressive and receptive interpreting and/or transliterating services between hearing faculty, staff, students, and others and deaf and hard-of-hearing faculty, staff, campus speakers, guests, and visitors in a wide variety of settings such as staff meetings, workshops, conferences, classroom lectures, seminars, special events, and job interviews. Submit letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to: Idaho State University, Office of Human Resources, University Interpreter Search, Campus Box 8107, Pocatello, ID 83209 or Email:


NAVASA Internship Program
NAVASA actively seeks undergraduate and graduate students with interests in working for the Vietnamese American community. In working with NAVASA, the interns will dynamically contribute to the growth and development of NAVASA's annual programs and projects NAVASA Internship Program offers a diverse and competitive working environment. You will have the opportunities to meet, network, and work with distinguished leaders, who have extensive experiences working with the Vietnamese American community across the United States . You will also have the chance to develop your leadership and professional skills as well as giving the opportunity to help bridge the gap between the younger and older generations in the community. In addition to enhancing your academic knowledge through various projects at our office, you will also be invited to attend conferences, meetings, and trainings on subjects such as public policy and grants-writing with the NAVASA staff in Washington , D.C. and the metropolitan areas. NAVASA Internship is a year-round program. Academic credits are available upon request. For more information, please contact Ms. Karen Willard at (301) 587-2781 or email to


Director of Access Services - deadline 11/5/2004

The purpose of this position is to direct, coordinate, and implement the student services functions necessary to serve students with disabilities at the Coon Rapids and Cambridge campuses of Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Mail: Stephanie Vega, Human Resources, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 11200 Mississippi Blvd N, Coon Rapids, MN 55433, Phone: 763-422-3352, Fax: 763-712-4478


Student Development Specialist - deadline 11/1/2004

Provides academic, transfer, and career counseling, and crisis intervention assistance to students with disabilities, evaluates documentation to determine eligibility and appropriate services and accommodations, provides initial intake interviews for new students, serves as a liaison between faculty, external agencies, and medical/therapeutic providers and students, develops and presents in-service training for faculty and staff, provides assistance in other areas within student development as expertise and need warrant, performs other duties as assigned.


Assistant Director - Disability Services
The Coordinator is expected to become an integral part of the Learning Assistance Program, which includes working closely with advisors and instructors in the LAP. They are expected to participate in staff meetings, long-range planning meetings and any other activities, as assigned, that impact the academic success of students with disabilities. Application review will begin on November 12, 2004 and continue until the job is filled. Send completed applications to: Suzanne T. Wehner, Chair, Search Committee, Office of Disability Services, 222 D. D. Dougherty, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608



Southwest Missouri State University is accepting applications for a Clinician, Learning Diagnostic Clinic. Responsibilities include developing, promoting, and managing the program assisting college students with learning difficulties through the determination and implementation of educational accommodations and therapeutic interventions; meeting with students on a weekly basis; developing and implementing academic strategies with these students; conducting intake interviews; administering psycho-educational assessments; writing psychological reports; and coordinating and supervising graduate students in the assessment process and therapeutic interventions. Submit letter of interest, resume, copy of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and name, address, and phone number of three professional references to: Office of Human Resources, Southwest Missouri State University, 901 S. National, Springfield, MO 65804




Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. (OCA)

Founded in 1973, the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. (OCA) is a national non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization of concerned Chinese Americans. OCA is dedicated to securing the rights of Chinese American and Asian American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government.
Founded in 1991, the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans through advocacy, public policy, public education, and litigation. In accomplishing its mission, NAPALC focuses its work to Promote Civic Engagement, to Forge Strong and Safe Communities, and to Create an Inclusive Society in communities on a local, regional, and national level. NAPALC is one of the nation's leading experts on issues of importance to the Asian American community including: affirmative action, anti-Asian violence prevention/race relations, census, immigrant rights, immigration, language access, and voting rights.


Keyboard Access Tips
Alan Cantor's Keyboard Access Tips is a resource for people who want to operate Windows® more efficiently by using the keyboard more effectively. This is not a list of hotkeys. Instead, learn techniques that allow you to operate Windows-based software without a mouse, and to discover specific hotkeys as you need them. is your space to meet people in your community, express yourself, and find information that reflects our cultures and our perspectives.


GW Micro
Since 1990, GW Micro has listened to screen-reader users and incorporated many of their suggestions into one powerful product: Window-Eyes. The result? A wide variety of speech features and the flexibility needed for running many of today's most advanced Windows applications.


Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is a national association representing community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders with the United States, its territories and freely associated states, primarily through our member community health clinics.



The Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center (MITBC) administered by the Alliance Library System, with offices in East Peoria and Quincy, provides library services for anyone unable to read regular print because of a visual or physical disability. Most users of the service are elderly. For more information on the talking book program, call 1-800-426-0709.


Cochlear Implant Program

The cochlear implant is an electronic device that can provide auditory sensation to a person with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. The cochlear implant bypasses the damaged organ of hearing and stimulates the auditory nerve directly. The cochlear implant consists of a surgically implanted component and an externally worn component. With a cochlear implant, children may be able to hear and speak better.


Online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents

These online tools help visually disabled users by converting Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files into either HTML or ASCII text. These tools are for anyone who wants to convert files online, including people who use Adobe® Reader® on Unix or mobile device platforms.





Deaf Expo 2004 West – November 5-6, 2004

Anaheim, California

Deaf Expo is a national consumer trade show providing information on services and products relevant to needs of Deaf and hard of hearing Americans. Many corporations choose DEAF EXPO™ to unveil new product offerings and agencies announce services that are accessible to this unique market segment at this trendsetting show.


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.


7th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education - November 9 - 12, 2004

University of Colorado - Boulder Campus

Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources - including Web pages and library resources - accessible.


2004 Career Expo for People with Disabilities – November 12, 2004

Washington, DC

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.


Abilities Expo – November 12-14, 2004

Santa Clara, CA

Abilities Expo, the one show dedicated to educating and improving the lives of people with disabilities, senior citizens, their families & caregivers, as well as healthcare and education professionals, allows you to discover new products and services - from computers to athletic equipment and mobility products to daily living aids - all conveniently displayed for you to see, test and compare.


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.


National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference and Expo - November 17 - 19, 2004

Lakeside Center, Chicago

More than 1,200 workers' comp and insurance professionals representing the 50 states — plus international destinations — make the journey to Chicago each year to attend this premier event. 2004 Program Tracks are: Claims Management, Cost Reduction & Loss Prevention, Integrated Disability Management, Key Injuries & Conditions, and Legal Issues.


2nd ICEVI (International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment) - DbI (Deafblind International) Joint Asian Conference – November 17-21, 2004

Lalitpur, Nepal

International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organizations that promote equal access to appropriate education for all visually impaired children and youth so that they may achieve their full potential. Deafblind International (DbI) is the world association promoting services for deafblind people. It brings together professionals, researchers, families, Deafblind people and administrators to raise awareness of deafblindness and to campaign for the rights of deafblind people of all ages to have a good quality of life.


2004 ASHA Convention – November 18-20, 2004

Philadelphia, PA

This year's ASHA Convention—which combines the audiology and speech-language pathology Conventions and features profession-specific as well as crossover sessions—will offer the best you've come to expect from past years and much more. Under the able leadership of co-chairs Kenn Apel and Dennis Burrows, the program committee has worked exceptionally hard to present over 1,500 sessions of unrivaled breadth and quality. United in Science and Service, this year's program theme, highlights professional bonds and relationships-between research and clinical practice, as well as between speech-language pathologists and audiologists.


International Conference on Education, Training and Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities - November 26 – 29

Longowal, India

The primary objective of the scheme is to promote services for people with disabilities through government and non-government organizations, so that they are encouraged to become functionally independent and productive members through opportunities in education., vocational. technical training, medical rehabilitation, and socioeconomic rehabilitation.


Performance Measurement for HOMELAND SECURITY Initiatives:

How To Plan, Measure, Monitor & Coordinate Your Programs To Drive Results - December 1-3, 2004

Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Attend this conference to hear best practices and lessons learned on how to manage for results in homeland security. To Register and for more Information: 888-362-7400 -or- 312-362-9100, Email:


Perspectives of Employment of Persons with Disabilities Conference - December 08-10, 2004
Bethesda, MD
Perspectives on Employment of Persons with Disabilities is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Environmental Protection Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse.


2004 ACTE Convention and Career Tech Expo - December 9-11, 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada

Connecting Education and Careers 2004 is a conference of innovation, new ideas, peer-to-peer networking and transformation in the career and technical education profession. Educators from middle schools through universities, from the U.S. and around the world, will come to demonstrate exemplary programs and practices, share and learn from one another, and explore how to improve the connection between education and today’s careers!


Disability and Human Rights - December 13- 17, 2004

Oxford, United Kingdom
600 million people around the world live with disability, two thirds of them in developing countries. Disability is increasingly recognized as a rights-related issue rather than just a social or medical one: in June 2003 the UN decided to develop a new international convention on the rights of people with disabilities. This seminar will explore the human rights aspects of disability, and share the experiences of different constituencies concerned with rights and/or disability, to identify common lessons and solutions. A key theme throughout will be the need to involve people with disabilities themselves at the core of all discussions about their rights. Contact Information: British Council Seminars, Attn: Blue Team, Oxford, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 01865 302703, E-mail:


21st International Seating Symposium - January 20 – 22, 2004

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.


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.


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.


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.

Leadership Institute on Power Brain sponsored by NTAC-AAPI and The Dahn Institute – February 26-27, 2004 (Pacific Rim 2005 Pre-conference)
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.

Pacific Rim 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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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.



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.


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.


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.



A New Rule of Cursor Control: Just Follow Your Nose

The nouse is among the latest in cursor-control methods designed to replace the hand-operated mouse. Most of these systems, which are generally intended for disabled people, track head movements, and often require that the user wear headgear or attach a marker to the face. The nouse and another method that relies on tongue movements inside the mouth represent attempts to make such systems simpler and more useful.

Working Flexibly and Effectively: CWP Responds to Chambers' Requests for Innovative and Low-Cost Retention and Recruiting Strategies
Although at first glance workplace flexibility appears to be a simple matter of scheduling, it is proving to be an intrinsic piece of effective management practices in today's modern company. Employers are realizing that formal flexible scheduling policies are important recruiting and retention strategies. In order for workplace flexibility to be successful, however, employers and workers must have clear expectations about goals and objectives.

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES: An Asian American and Pacific Islander Woman’s Lens

This study was undertaken by the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI) to (a) identify the leadership skills, perceptions and insights of Asian American and Pacific Islander women; and (b) understand their participation and impact in higher education, government, and private and non-profit sectors. The study also provides a benchmark from which to develop recommendations – including organizational and individual strategies – to increase the representation of Asian American and Pacific Islander women in leadership roles.


Design for Inclusion: Creating a New Marketplace

The National Council on Disability (NCD) undertook this research to understand the market for universally designed mainstream consumer products and services, document successful UD development processes, understand consumer needs, understand UD facilitators and barriers, and identify and address current issues in universal design.





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