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 – October 15, 2004
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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


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.


Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation 2004 Fall Conference
The National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities (NTAC-AAPI) will be sponsoring a separate meeting on Tuesday, the 9th of November, 2004, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation 2004 Fall Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.   The session agenda will focus on our Hire.US database, created to match employers with job-ready candidates.  Additional topics to be discussed will be self-employment models for AAPI’s with disabilities and collaboration strategies.  All NTAC-AAPI collaborators, potential collaborators, and conference participants are invited to attend!  Light refreshments will be served.  ALL ATTENDEES MUST RSVP!  For more information and to RSVP by the 24th of October, 2004, please contact Amy Nawatani at or call 808-956-0947.

Mark your calendars for your professional development and retreat in sunny Hawaii!
Feb 26-27 (Sat, Sun): Leadership Institute (co-sponsored by NTAC and Dahn Institute). For more information see
Feb 26-27(Sat, Sun): Meditation/Vision Tour (Brain Respiration wellness center in Honolulu)
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
There is still time to sign up for Disability Mentoring Day, which will be held on October 20, 2004.  NTAC-AAPI is actively seeking both employers/mentors and job-seekers.  Please call Amy Nawatani at 808-956-0947 (to participate as a mentee) or Christine Su at 808-956-2890 (to participate as a mentor).  Please help us to make Disability Mentoring Day a success in Hawaii!


NTAC-AAPIs Hire.Us Program
Congratulations to Kevin Wada, Nancy Aulbach, Sherry Shimizu, Janice Mancini, Nancy Kinghorn, for registering and becoming a part of our Hire.Us Employee database! What is the Hire.Us program? In addition, congratulations to Ho`opono 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-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


From Margins to Mainstream: Emergence of Hawaii Artists with Disabilities by Susan Miller, Center on Disability Studies, Current Perspectives Article

Waipahu High School graduate Mark Febrero, 25, is an emerging artist on the autism spectrum. Until the opening of the Hawaii Artsplace in March, Febrero reluctantly attended an adult day care center, because there were limited options on Oahu’s Leeward side for people with developmental disabilities.

Forty five adult learners - more than half AAPI with disabilities . . .
 - enroll in the the Hawaii VSA arts of Hawaii Pacific "Arts-infused Workplace Literacy and Adult Education program for adults with developmental and other disabilities at the Hawaii Artsplace in Pearl City, Oahu.

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.

U.S. Department of Labor National Disability Employment Awareness Month - October 2004
"You're Hired - Success knows no limitation." is the U.S. Department of Labor National Disability Employment Awareness campaign slogan.
In Hawaii, the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities teamed up with the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies and VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific to create an awareness campaign inside the Honolulu County public transit system. Congratulation and Mahalo to Hawaii artist Monica Perreira,  a person with developmental disabilities, who provided the original artwork and VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific artist Fred Attard and Wendy Albios who designed the campaign poster displayed during the month of October.


National & International

Free Registration at the bilingual Boston Career Forum 2004 – October 22-24, 2004
The world's largest Japanese-English bilingual job fair will be held in Boston again this year. Over 100 global companies will be offering more than 1000 job positions. Over the last 18 years, students and jobseekers alike have launched their careers in Boston. It is now your turn to capitalize on this once-a-year opportunity and find what promising future lies ahead.



Spend the spring 2005 semester in Washington, D.C., as a paid intern—earning college credit—in the office of U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. Interns attend and monitor Congressional hearings, conduct research on legislation, attend and summarize issue briefings, handle constituent affairs, receive visitors to the office, and lend a hand with a multitude of other tasks to assist the Senator’s staff. DC interns receive six credits in political science for satisfactory work during the semester; however, this opportunity is open to students in all disciplines. The internship includes a monthly $1,500 (pretax) stipend. Reasonably-priced housing is available at dormitory and apartment facilities on Capitol Hill and in several nearby neighborhoods. Travel to and from Washington is at the intern’s expense. For further information, contact Professor Lawrence Nitz in the political science department at 956-8665, email: Download an application form at


Reauthorization of the Assistive Technology Act On Its Way!
On September 30, the Senate passed compromise legislation to reauthorize the Assistive Technology Act, which primarily funds state programs that provide assistive technology (AT) devices and services to individuals with disabilities.


Register for the 7th Annual Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education Conference on the campus of the University of Colorado - Boulder, November 9-12, 2004
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. For a complete agenda or registration form, go to or contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 (v/tty),


Diversity Career Fair - Connect with your dream job!

Washington, DC  - Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Who should attend:  Professionals from all communities with three or more years experience in accounting, banking, customer service, engineering, finance, information technology, insurance, law enforcement, paralegal, pharmaceutical, recruiting, retail (store management), sales and many other professional fields.


Hawaii Demographic Analysis Workshop Announcement - Still Time to Register! - October 28th & 29th, 2004 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Honolulu, HI
The Hawaii Demographic Analysis Workshop will teach you to extract, query, download, analyze, and map Census demographic data for Honolulu and surrounding communities/islands. Register online at or call 877.241.6576

Call for Delegates: NEADS' Conference 2004

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) and our Lead Sponsor - BMO Financial Group are pleased to announce our tenth biannual conference: Right On!  We will hold the conference at the Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites from November 12th - 14th, 2004.  This event will be an exciting opportunity for: students, consumers, advocates, service providers, employers and all others interested in exploring key issues concerning equal access to higher education.


New Free Font Designed for People with Vision Disabilities

APHontTM (pronounced Ay'-font), was developed by APH specifically for low vision readers. APHont embodies characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed, comprehension, and comfort for large print users.


12th Annual Indiana Multicultural Job Fair – October 31, 2004

The 12th annual Indiana Multicultural Job Fair (IMJF) will be held on Friday, October 31st at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Over 80 employers are expected to participate from a variety of industries and geographic locations. Opportunities available in Accounting, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Technology, Communication, Management, Government, Non-Profit, Social Sciences, Healthcare, and many more!


Professional Development Diversity Training – Session 1 – October 22, 2004

Honolulu Community College

Session includes exploring the genesis and present state of the multicultural counseling movement and historical analysis. Contact: Ms. Petra Edwards, Academic Counselor, ph. 808-847-9851, fax 808-847-9829, email


NCIL Executive Director

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is seeking an energetic and creative individual with a passion for independent living to fill the position of Executive Director.  The successful applicant will have experience in directing a not-for-profit agency governed by an elected, volunteer board of directors with a budget of one to two million dollars, a staff of six to ten people, and a dues paying membership representing hundreds of organizations and individuals. Qualified applicants must have a deep understanding of centers for independent living, statewide independent living councils, disability rights issues, laws, policies, programs and services, as well as the organizations and entities that provide or impact these things. Applications must be by hard, paper copy only and must be complete with a cover letter of interest, a professional employment resume, and at least three employment references.  No phone calls or emails please. Apply to:  NCIL Search Committee, P.O. Box 978, Topeka, KS 66601


Interpreter Coordinator/Interpreter for the Deaf
Provides interpreting services to students who are deaf/hard of hearing in and outside the classroom setting; attends in-service and ongoing on the job professional development courses, training, and workshops; assists lead Coordinator Interpreter Services/Interpreter for the Deaf with scheduling. Apply: MCCCD Employment Office, Mesa Community College, 2411 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281-6942, Phone: (480) 731-8465, Fax: (480) 731-8599, TDD: (480) 731-8043


Research Associate
The Center for Persons with Disabilities seeks qualified applicants for the position of Research Associate on a project investigating the impact of early intervention and communication mode on the speech production, language, cognitive, and psychosocial development of young children with hearing loss. Apply: Julie S. Williams, Center for Persons w/Disabilities, Utah State University, 6800 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-6800, Phone: (435) 797-3681.


RILC Executive Director
Under the general direction of the Governing Board of the Rockland Independent Living Center, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of RILC that includes: Development and implementation of policy, budget, and programs; Provides strategic direction and day-to-day operational oversight of RILC; Provides leadership and motivation to staff of RILC; Develops and implements strategies for resource development and allocation consistent with the strategy and operational plans of RILC; Formulate and implement an integrated strategic plan; Market the organization and its services as well as act as the chief spokesperson in the community (which includes travel, as necessary). Email:


Counselor, Disabled Students Programs & Services – deadline October 27, 2004
Applicant should be able to: (a) provide academic, career, and personal counseling of students with disabilities; (b) provide intake counseling that evaluates abilities; (c) interpret results of standardized tests particularly those used with community college students with learning disabilities; (d) set educational and career goals for student success; (e) guide students with disabilities to appropriate courses that meet their goals; (f) be familiar with campus and community resources for persons with disabilities; (g) respond to crisis situations experienced by students with disabilities; (h) communicate with Spanish-speaking students and work with limited English-speaking students. Apply: Kathy Lewis, Human Resources, Ventura County Community College District, 333 Skyway Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010, Phone: 805-384-8355, Fax: 805-384-8296


Assistant Director/Learning Disabilities
Responsible for working closely with faculty to provide appropriate accommodations for students & to answer questions regarding Learning Disabilities - .80 FTE position (with FT benefits). Submit resume materials to CMU, Human Resources, 109-C Rowe, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.


Staff Interpreter
The Staff Interpreter reports to the Director of Disability Services and functions as an interpreter/ transliterator, to facilitate communication with the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students, faculty, and visitors on the campus. Send applications by mail, e-mail (only as attached document), fax, or hand-deliver to: S0452 Sign Language Interpreter, Western Oregon University, Office of Human Resources, 345 N. Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, OR 97361; E-mail:; Fax: 503-838-8144.




Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL)

This new virtual meeting and convention center is sponsored by the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Several libraries hold online programs, events, and meetings here using software from Talking Communities.


Real Choices: Access for all, more choices for you.

This website is designed to empower people of all ages and abilities by giving them the opportunity to make self-determined choices to participate in their communities in ways that are meaningful to them.


Transition-to-Work Inventory

The TWI assists people who are experiencing a variety of life and career transitions by identifying 12 career clusters that relate to personal interests.




Self-Employment Profiles

Changes in the global marketplace have resulted in companies downsizing; reengineering; increasing their use of contingent, temporary and contract employees; eliminating jobs; and implementing new ways to deliver services and products. The changing employment landscape and the need for more flexibility in employment has led many to explore self-employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. Being self-employed is an option persons with disabilities may want to consider. These success stories feature entrepreneurs with disabilities whose businesses have proven to be profitable.


Barrier-Breaking Electronic Forms

Tired of filling in information again and again as a consumer or professional?  Barrier-breaking electronic forms (eforms) – Medicaid eligibility forms – 1100 and financial assistance and food stamps – 1240 are located at




2004 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Fair – October 17-20, 2004

Washington, DC    

Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations.



The Sixth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility – October 18-20, 2004
Atlanta, GA

ASSETS 2004 focuses on computer-based system design and its application to the special needs of persons with disabilities. The conference's scope spans special needs associated with speech, motor, hearing, and vision impairments; cognitive limitations; emotional and learning disabilities; and aging. Researchers and developers, from both academia and industry, are invited to meet to exchange ideas and present reports on new hardware and/or software advances related to these areas.


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.


22nd Annual Closing The Gap Conference - October 21-23, 2004

Closing The Gap highlights hardware and software products appropriate for people with special needs, and explains how this technology is being implemented in education, rehabilitation, and vocational settings around the world. The in-depth articles, product reviews, and extensive product guide offer a variety of resources that help solve your technology implementation problems today.


Legal Issues in Autism: School Districts and Parents; Perspectives from Both Sides - October 24, 2004

"Autism and the Special Education System" (8:30-4:30)

Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

Nationally Well Known "Autism Attorney" Gary Mayerson ( parent of an autistic child) will meet head to head with Prominent "School Board Attorney" Viola S. Lordi in this first time ever "Legal Conference" of such magnitude. Mr. Mayerson has testified before congress on the federal IDEA statute and is the Author of "How to Try an Autism Case," published in the June 2003 edition of New Jersey Lawyer's Magazine. He also was a principal presenter at the 3rd National IDEA Hearing Officer Training.


Fall 2004 National Association of ADA Coordinators Conference: The ADA -- Making the Promise a Reality - October 25-28, 2004
Miami, Florida
The conference has four tracks: Accessibility, College/University, Employment and Transit. The conference covers new and updated issues. The Keynote Speaker is John Wodatch, Chief, Disability Rights Section, US Department of Justice.  Please pre-register for the conference by calling (800) 722-4232. Registration must be complete by October 15, 2004.


Financial Management for Independent Living Centers - Oct. 25 - Nov. 12, 2004

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2004

This three-week distance learning course is designed to help center for independent living and statewide independent living council management staff and board members manage organization finances more effectively. Participants will have an opportunity to share best practices, questions and concerns regarding sound financial management.


International Career Development Conference – October 27-31, 2004

Sacramento, California

The conference has attracted participants from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, and the Pacific Rim. Today, the International Career Development Conference is the premier conference for career development professionals.


2004 Disability Research Conference – October 29-30, 2004

Cleveland, Ohio

The conference will highlight research that aimed at improving the care for individuals with severe disabilities. The conference will bring together professionals from the disability community, including physicians, nurses, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, biomedical engineers, rehabilitation engineers, social workers, psychologists, and teachers. Conference workshops and general sessions are designed to provide in-depth interaction on the challenging issues that people with disabilities face.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




In recognition of Information Technology and Disabilities' tenth anniversary, Sheryl Burgstahler writes an article chronicling the history of its founder, EASI.


Paralysed man sends e-mail by thought

Brain chip reads mind by tapping straight into neurons.


AT on the Job: The Difference Technology Makes

Narratives from people in California who have disabilities and use technology have provided the foundation for this book.

Disabled Embrace Segway
Leonard Timm, an above-the-knees double amputee and a co-founder of Draft, said his group estimated the ranks of disabled Segway users nationwide at 400 to 600. Often, he said, they are using the Segway along with another device, like a cane, wheelchair or a sit-down power scooter.


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