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 – September 1, 2004
You can find this and previous issues of e.News online at http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu


~ Announcements

~ Positions Available

~ Resources

~ Institutes / Conferences

~ Research / Publications

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
NTAC-AAPI Activities


Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Project Directors Conference
Dr. Jean Johnson and Ms. Amy Nawatani participated this summer at the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Project Directors Conference in Washington D.C.  Pat Lockwood, Executive Director of Hawai`i's Centers for Independent Living, also attended the RSA Project Directors Conference. The National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (NTAC-AAPI) with disabilities participated in two areas of the conference.  NTAC presented Hire.US! (Hire Interested and Ready Employers in the United States!) in which information about NTAC's main programs was discussed: our job ready database for AAPI consumers with disabilities, and our subcontract program which aids service providers in employing AAPI's with disabilities.  NTAC also participated in a poster session in which information on culturally sensitive processes and employment techniques to support people with disabilities was disseminated.  NTAC also met RSA administrative official Alfreda Reeves, and Kathy Martinez and Julie Clay of the other two national technical assistance centers.  NTAC gained at least 8 potential subcontractors and/or collaborators.

 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Employment Conference

Dr. Jean Johnson attended the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Employment conference this August in Washington D.C. on behalf of the National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (NTAC-AAPI).  Lillian Koller, the Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Joy Patterson, Program Specialist - Employment, Department of Human Services - Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Division from Hawai`i also attended the

Conference.

 

Save the Date!  2004 Disability Mentoring Day! - October 20, 2004
NTAC-AAPI will be co-sponsoring Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). NTAC collaborators are encouraged to organize activities with volunteers at public and private places of employment.  For NTAC collaboration nationwide or to participate locally in Honolulu please contact Amy Nawatani at amy.nawatani@cds.hawaii.edu.  For more information on DMD specifically see url: http://www.dmd-aapd.org

 

NTAC-AAPIs Hire.Us Program
 What is the Hire.Us program? Fast, Effective, and Free! The National Technical Assistance Center’s HIRE.US program (Hire Interested and Ready Employees in the U.S.) is a time-saving personnel resource. HIRE.US offers college students, and recent graduates, with disabilities the opportunity to market their skills and abilities to employers across the United States free of charge. Your student profile information will be available to governments and businesses across America. Employers nationwide identify both temporary and permanent employees from qualified college students with disabilities in a wide variety of fields. http://hireus.cds.hawaii.edu

 

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

 

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 http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu/products/mini_subcontracts.htm

 

NTAC-AAPI Subcontractor Activities

 

HAWAII ARTISTS COOPERATIVE Organizational and Business –to-Business Marketing discussion. September 21-22, 5-7 p.m.
Artsplace Conference Room – 2201 Waimano Home Road, Hale C. Speaker: Tim McConnell, Assistant to the USDA Director. Mr. McConnell will discuss the pros and cons of the use of the business cooperative model as the structure for marketing art and fine crafts in Hawaii and beyond. Seating Limited. Call to register. Refreshments served. Call for directions, 808-455-6002 or email millers@hawaii.edu.

 

VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific: Hawaii Artsplace Center for Creative Industries - September 18-November 27. SATURDAYS

Sign Up: September 13-17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (In person or by telephone – 455-6002) CLASSES: holiday ornament making; watercolor (novice), drawing and painting (novice) (intermediate); textiles (spinning, weaving, sewing); jewelry making (beads); Hawaii Beach Glass jewelry making (glass supplied); Pulp Art (frames) (lamps) (accessories); photography (novice); pottery (novice and intermediate hand-building and bead making. CLASS ENROLLMENT: 8-10 - COST: $110 PER CLASS (supplies not included) - TIMES: 9-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m. CULTURAL ACCESS: Call to arrange sign language interpretation for any class. Wheelchair accessible. More information, 808-455-6002 or email millers@hawaii.edu. http://www.vsartshawaiipacific.org/

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2005 Hawaii Deaf World Music and Sign Language Festival and Professional Symposium June 11-12, 2005 - Submission Deadline: 1/20/2005

VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific and the University of Hawaii seeks music and other creative performers who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or blind for a two-day international music festival on the island of Oahu. A unique Deaf World Cultural Access event celebrating and demonstrating the artistic excellences of musicians, singers, dancers and or/song signers who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and musicians who are blind. The evening performance will feature Beethoven's Nightmare, America's only professional all-deaf band. Contact Information: Dr. Arthur Harvey, 808-352-6088, aharvey@hawaii.edu.

 

VSA arts Institute: Professional Development in Art, Education, and Disability

We are now accepting registrations for the upcoming institute in New York, October 10-13, 2004. The VSA arts Institute is a unique opportunity for practitioners at all levels including teaching artists, educators, arts administrators, and education administrators. The Institute is for those who are already invested in the arts for learners with disabilities and who seek to deepen their knowledge. Registration information can be found at http://www.vsartshawaiipacific.org/

 

Doing it Right: A Holistic Approach to Job Placement

Madan Kundu and Chrisann Schiro-Geist offer a novel, holistic approach to job placement which is strategically designed to address the vocational challenges encountered by consumers and organizations in the 21st century. Doing it Right: A Holistic Approach to Job Placement was presented by Madan M. Kundu, Ph.D., and Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D. on August 25, 2004.  For the archived web cast see url: http://www.ilru.org/online/archive/2004/08-25-MK.html.  For more information about Madan Kundu, see url: http://www.usicd.org/bios/MKundu.html

 

Success Story - Dahn Center
I’m a 22-yr old Chinese American, and I have been a Dahnhak member since April 2003.  I had just graduated from the University of Hawaii the previous year when I became sick and was hospitalized twice.  In 1999, I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, and had mild symptoms such as joint pain and fatigue.  After graduation, however, I became seriously ill.  I started having neurological problems that caused extreme muscle weakness where I could not walk even a few steps.  I also had chest pain from inflammation around my heart, kidney problems, and I could not eat anything, so I lost a lot of weight. 

The treatment I received from the doctors in the hospital helped me to get better, but I knew it was only treating the symptoms, not the cause of the illness.  I wanted to find something that would heal my whole body, including my mind and soul.  When my sister told me about Dahnhak, I thought this could be a way.  I started taking the classes and started feeling healthier and more relaxed, and I knew it was helping.  It made me feel so much better, both physically and mentally, that I wanted to help others feel the same way. 

I began working at the Dahn Center and it has really helped me to grow.  When you help others find their true self, to believe in themselves and follow their heart, you also find yourself.  Even though I have just taken the first few steps on this journey, I can see how much it has changed my life within the last year, and I believe it can do the same for many other people.  I am so grateful to have Dahn as a part of my life. To learn more about the Dahn Center, visit url: http://www.dahnhakhawaii.com

 

Submission Deadline: Nov. 1, 2004

VSA arts invite musicians to apply for the 2005 Panasonic Young Soloists Award. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity offers awardees scholarship funds and an evening recital at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. All types of music are encouraged. Eligibility requirements: " vocalist or instrumentalist " age 25 or under on November 1, 2004 " must have a disability application requirements" completed application form "brief autobiography" video/audio tape, CD, or DVD recording Download an application at http://www.vsartshawaiipacific.org/. Questions? E-mail: mail@vsartshawaiipacific.org or call 800-933-8721/TTY 202-737-0645. VSA arts Panasonic Young Soloists Award, VSA arts, 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 700, Washington DC, 20036 202-628-2800, fax 202-737-0725, email mail@vsartshawaiipacific.org.  http://www.vsartshawaiipacific.org/

 

 

National & International

 

MEDICAL REHABILITATION RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE -

EXPIRATION DATE:  November 17, 2004

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), invites applications for grants to build research infrastructure by providing access to expertise, technologies, and resources from allied fields such as neurosciences, engineering, applied behavior, and the social sciences. Medical rehabilitation involves basic and clinical studies in the domains of pathophysiology, impairment, functional limitation, disability, and societal interaction. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-04-005.html

 

ADA TRAINING OPPORTUNITY - October 27, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ADA/ABA

Update training opportunity that will be held at Phoenix Civic Plaza. The 1/2 day training is sponsored by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and the Arizona Office for Americans with Disabilities and others.  It includes the changes (for state and local governments) that will be adopted by DOJ, DOT, HUD and will be collaborated with various building codes.   Cost is $85 per person. This includes the training and also admittance to the Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues Ability Counts Awards Luncheon that directly follows the training. Contact Michele Stokes, Clear Path Supervisor, 3333 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85013, michele.stokes@phoenix.gov, (602) 262-5057

 

Sign Rasha Kawar's Petition to Support Accessibility Rights!
Right now, a courageous young lady from Dallas is fighting for the accessibility rights of all people with disabilities. http://www.ucp.org/ucp_generaldoc.cfm/1/2/126/126-126/5477

 

ACCESSIBLE WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th at 12 pm PST

Topics:  BrailleNote or PAC Mate: Which One? - Blindskills: Where We've Been, Who We Are now, and What We Do - Accessing the Web With Your Telephone - Talking Communities:  Its Mission, Services, and Outreach, and Establishing an Audio Description Program in Your Community: Live Theatre and Museum Access and Movie Theater Accessibility. http://talk3.talkingcommunities.com/index.php/297

 

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2004

A festival of short films by people with learning disabilities - Oska Bright - in Brighton this year with funding partner Mencap, are currently inviting film makers with learning disabilities to contact them for an entry pack. To qualify the film must be either under 1 minute, under 5 minutes or under 10 minutes. Prizes will be awarded for the best film in each of these categories. The festival event itself, which will be part of the popular Cine City Festival will be held on 29th November in Brighton. Call 01273 234734 or email projects@carousel.org.uk

 

Web cast: Consumer Professional Partner Program (CPPP) – September 8, 2004

This program, entitled the Consumer Professional Partner Program (CPPP), builds on similar programs that involve consumers with disabilities in the education of health care professionals. The program will consist of different educational modules that will be tailored to the curriculum already offered at medical and physical therapy schools. http://www.ilru.org/online/handouts/2004/09-08-Towle/index.html

 

Submission Deadline: 9/30/2004

Tennessee’s 1st National Juried Art Competition & Exhibition Theme: DeVIA A total of $6,000 in cash awards to winning artists Open to artists who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or have a strong connection with the Deaf Community (i.e. CODA, other family members, interpreters, etc.). Winning artwork will be exhibited in Nashville, TN at the following venues: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville’s Downtown Main Library and during 2004 SERID convention in Nashville, Tennessee. 3-D and 2-D fine arts are eligible; no jewelry or crafts. Slide entries only - $20 per slide entry; $15 per additional slide entry. No limit for number of slides entered. Artwork must be original within past two years. For Prospectus; guidelines & entry form contact League for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing at 615.248.8828 v/tty, fax: 615.248.4797, email: league@ldhh.org. http://www.leagueforthedeaf.com

 

FREE Webcast: Employer-Focused One-Stops – September 21, 2004 – 1:00-2:30 pm EDT

Hundreds of one-stops across the country are meeting and exceeding employers' workforce needs. And CWP has the names of the businesses and their stories to prove it. http://www.uschamber.com/cwp/events/default

 

Lifespan Respite Care Act

The Lifespan Respite Care Act, based on state models, authorizes competitive grants to states to make quality respite available and accessible to family caregivers, regardless of age, disability, or family situation. With minimal cost, the bill allows grantees to identify, coordinate and build on existing federal, state and community-based respite resources and funding streams. Specifically, the bill would help support, expand and streamline planned and emergency respite, respite worker recruitment and training, caregiver training, and evaluation. http://www.congress.org/congressorg/webreturn/?url=/aauap/issues/alert/?alertid=6079021

 

Orientation II: Training for New CIL & SILC Personnel - September 6-October 1, 2004

This four-week distance learning course takes a close look at the federal standards and indicators that have been developed for centers for independent living (CILs). Participants learn to apply them to day-to-day situations commonly encountered in CILs and statewide independent living councils (SILCs). Topics include documentation of progress on consumer goals, systems advocacy, CIL core services and resource development. The training will also address the new fifth core service, maintaining or transitioning to community living. http://www.ilru.org/news/Training/ILNET/online_registration.htm

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Disability Accommodations Coordinator
Disability Support Services (DSS) coordinates academic support services for nearly 400 students who experience a wide range of disabilities. These services are mandated by the Rehabilitation and Americans with Disabilities Acts, and constitute an integral component of equalizing the post-secondary environment for students who experience disabilities. Apply: Human Resource Services, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Administration Building - Rm 125, Anchorage, AK 99508-4614. 907-786-4608, Fax:907-786-4727, TDD:          907-786-1420, Online App. Form: http://www.alaska.edu/hr/forms/PDF_ent/applicant_form_ent.pdf

 

Developmental Disabilities

Seeking staff to work w/ children and adults w/ developmental disabilities. Hourly rates up to $10.00.  Paid training - flexible FT/PT. Apply at Valley of the Sun School, 1142 W. Hatcher, Phoenix, AZ, 602-331-2408.  http://www.valleyofthesunschool.org

 

 

Staff Interpreter
Performs duties under general supervision of the Associate Director, Disability Resource Center, and the work lead direction of the Lead Interpreter but works independently to provide interpreting and transliterating services and support to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in undergraduate, graduate and advanced level classes as well as in specialized classes, remedial, and complex coursework. Apply: Human Resources Service Group, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0046, 408-924-2250, Fax:408-924-2257, TDD:408-924-2265, Online App. Form: http://www.sjsu.edu/hr/jobopps, Via Email:hrsg@sjsu.edu

 

Disability Management
Summa Health System, ranked nationally in the Top 50 hospitals in America by the U.S. News and World Report for 7 consecutive years, is currently searching for a talented Director of Disability Management, who is interested in joining one of the best. The Director of Disability Management is responsible for leading a comprehensive disability management function that includes the claims management, case management and payment of all workers’ compensation expenses in compliance with Ohio Workers’ Compensation laws for a self-insured employer. Fax:  330-375-4152.

 

1246 Project Leader (Level 15) Center for Disabilities Studies
REQUIREMENTS: RN licensure in the State of Delaware, plus at least two years directly related experience. BSN desirable. REQUIREMENTS: Master’s degree in disabilities studies, human services, special education, adult education or a related discipline. Ph.D. with experience preferred. Five years of progressive management experience in an education, disability service, or human service setting or an equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Apply: University of Delaware, 413 Academy Street, Office of Human Resources, Newark, DE 19716-0619, Phone: 302-831-2171, Fax:302-831-6788, TDD:302-831-4563

 

 

RESOURCES

Office of Minority Health Resource Center
The Office of Minority Health Resource Center maintains a database of funding resources that can help support minority health projects and other health related programs. This database lists private and public foundations; pharmaceutical and insurance organizations; journal articles, directories, books; fellowship, scholarship and internships; and federal state and community resources. http://www.omhrc.gov/omh/fundingdb.htm

 

Join The Autistic Adults Picture Project

In an effort to add to the ideal of visually presenting autistics, with a concentration on the presentation of autistic adults - who as we know - are underrepresented in Autism literature, web pages and in the media. http://www.isn.net/~jypsy/AuSpin/a2p2.htm

 

Birnbaum Interpreting Services (BIS)

BIS is a Deaf-owned and operated company offering sign language interpreting services for government, healthcare, legal, religious, business and entertainment environments. http://www.bisworld.com

 

JobAccess
JobAccess provides a place where people with disabilites can seek employment, confident that they will be evaluated solely on their skills and experience. Also visit the JobAccess Resume Builder which helps you to build and post a professional looking resume that companies across the US will be able to browse. http://www.jobaccess.org/jobs.htm

 

ADA Game

The ADA Game simulates how advocacy can promote positive changes in communities. Players take on the role of advocates for disability rights in one of eight virtual communities in the Southeastern United States and work together to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their communities in the areas of: Program Access, Public Accommodations, Transportation, Employment, and Communication. The ADA Game is free and available for anyone to play at any time. http://www.adagame.org

 

Minority Student Opportunities in U.S. Medical Schools (MSOUSMS)

This biennial publication, Minority Student Opportunities in United States Medical Schools (MSOUSMS), is part of the AAMC's effort to assist medical schools in increasing the number of qualified applicants from groups currently underrepresented in medical education. The publication provides students, premedical advisors, counselors, and others with up-to-date information and descriptions of programs designed to provide opportunities for racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in medical education to pursue careers in medicine. http://www.aamc.org/students/minorities/resources/msousms.htm

 

Accessequity: Everyone Online

Everyone Online is an Access and Equity in e-learning online tutorial.  The tutorial was designed to show managers and practitioners some simple techniques that they can use to design and develop accessible e-learning products. http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/accessequity/everyone_online/index.php

 

INSTITUTES / CONFERENCES

 

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

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

yjacobs@uschamber.com, Phone: (202) 463-5589

 

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

Washington, DC

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

 

3rd JOINT INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON DISABILITY AND BIOPHILIA REHABILITATION CONFERENCE – September 16-18, 2004

Manila, Phillipines

The objective of the Biophilia Rehabilitation conference is to introduce our continuing interdisciplinary research and recent research in the rehabilitation of the elderly in Japan that can be applied in the Philippines and globally. In addition, we would like to learn the recent studies or research in the Philippines in terms of rehabilitating the elderly. http://www.biophilia.info/manila

 

Disability Workshop: Students with Disabilities Need Education Tool – September 18, 2004

Washington State Convention & Trade Center

This workshop focuses on skills for effectively administering and supporting a school district's Section 504 program for children with disabilities. Content includes Child Find procedures for identifying students in need of referral, assessment procedures, appropriate and reasonable accommodation plans for different settings, and legally mandated timelines for referral, evaluation, annual review and re-evaluation. Includes lecture, discussion, and case scenarios. https://www.son.washington.edu/cne/secure/display3.asp?SKU=737-PM05-C

 

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

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

 

ADVOCACY, HISTORY, AND PHILOSOPHY: What Every New Board Member and Executive Director Should Know - September 20-22, 2004

Kansas City, MO

This training, with a comprehensive history of people with disabilities, an overview of IL philosophy, and an in-depth look at effective advocacy strategies, will motivate your organization's new members to take immediate action.  Furthermore, the trainers will clarify the different roles board and staff members must maintain to effectively advocate for systems change. For more information, contact June Sutherland-John, NCIL 1916 Wilson Blvd., Suite 209, Arlington, VA 22201, 703-525-3406, TTY)703-525-4153

FAX)703-525-3409

ilnet@ncil.org

 

PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT for Government: Linking Performance Measures, Strategic Planning & Budgeting Into An Integrated Management System – September 21-23, 2004

Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport, Arlington, VA

Hear how leading agencies and experts are developing and using performance measurement to achieve strategic goals and results, including these agenda highlights. http://www.aliconferences.com/conferences/governmentperformance/904.html

 

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

Bowie, MD

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

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

 

Southwest Conference on Disability – September 29-October 1, 2004

At the conference, people with disabilities; researchers; family members; service providers; advocates; staff of federal, state and local government agencies and students from New Mexico, the Southwest and the nation come together to learn from each other, share ideas and the latest research findings and discuss and debate current policies and issues concerning disability. http://cdd.unm.edu/swconf2004/index.htm

 

ISAAC 2004 – October 4-12, 2004

Natal, Brazil

Communication is one of the most important gifts that a human being may receive. All people have the right to communicate, regardless of any difference that there may be among them. As a consequence of this fact, all people who care about communication improvements must collaborate to augment the power of this gift all over the world. http://www.isaac2004.unicamp.br/eb_index.php?lingua=en

 

Alternatives 2004 - October 13-17, 2004

Denver, CO

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

http://www.mhselfhelp.org/alt2004.html

 

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. http://www.nmsdcus.org/events/conference04.html

 

 

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. http://www.assets.acm.org

 

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. http://www.closingthegap.com/index.lasso

 

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. http://www.closingthegap.com/index.lasso

 

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. http://www.autism-resources.net/events.htm

 

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.

 

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. http://www.careerccc.com/index.html

 

 

 

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. https://www.cdd.unm.edu/swconf/previousConf/index.html

 

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 (kirk.behnke@csun.edu), (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. http://www.colorado.edu/ATconference

 

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 http://www.neads.ca/conference2004.  Any questions can be directed to Jason Mitschele, Conference 2004 Chair at conference2004@neads.ca

 

"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. http://www.nationaltechcenter.org

 

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. http://www.wcconference.com

 

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. http://www.sparsh-india.org/asianconference/index.htm

 

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.  http://www.asha.org/about/events/convention

 

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. http://www.pwdsliet.org

 

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.  http://www.grad.usda.gov/perspectives

 

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! http://www.acteonline.org/convention/index.cfm

 

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: blueteam.seminars@britishcouncil.org

 

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. http://www.iss.pitt.edu/ISS2005/ISS_2005.html

 

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. http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu

 

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

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

 

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

Sorrento, Italy

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

 

Vision 2005 – April 4-7, 2005

London, UK.

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

 

2005 IRMA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – May 15-18, 2005

San Diego, California

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

 

ICORR 2005: 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics

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

Chicago,  Illinois

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

 

HCI International 2005 – July 22-27, 2005

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

 

 

RESEARCH / PUBLICATIONS

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning

This book is the result of 15 years of thought, research, and development conducted by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and a number of collaborating individuals, schools, districts, and states. CAST was founded in 1984 with a mission to develop and apply technologies that would expand learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities. http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes

 

Asian American Women: Issues, Concerns and Responsive Human and Civil

This recently published book reveals the struggles of Asian American women at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder where hunger, illness, homelessness, sweatshop labor, exposure to hazardous chemicals and even involuntary servitude are everyday realities. Asian American women of all social and economic classes suffer from domestic violence whose root causes are particular to the forms of patriarchy that exist in Asian

cultures. Asian American womenís health and lives are endangered due to prevalent but wrong stereotypes about Asian women. Published by the Ford Foundation, Ms. Fooís book captures their suffering and also the fighting spirit of Asian American women who have waged social and economic justice campaigns and founded organizations to right the wrongs inflicted against them. http://www.aapip.org/about.asp?section=programs&subsec=aawp

 

Big Advance For The Blind

In one of the first enforcement actions of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the Internet, two major travel services have agreed to make sites more accessible to the blind and visually impaired. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/20/tech/main637154.shtml

 

Special Challenges:  Students with disabilities find co-op and internship opportunities

The transition from college to the working world can be challenging for anyone.  “[Students with disabilities] need extra preparation for the work world.  That’s why internships and co-ops are critical”, says Virginia Stern, Director of the Project on Science, Technology and Disability and Entry Point! for the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). http://www.worksupport.com/Archives/Co-op_and_Internships.asp

 

Home Bound - Growing Up with a Disability in America

Cass Irvin has done something that "works" and - if publishers and readers are paying attention - she will have a chance to "do it some more." Irvin’s first book is a smart, entertaining and instructive first-person account of growing up in a pre-ADA America. http://www.icanonline.net/news/fullpage.cfm/articleid/0D2928B0-7061-4D02-A3238887DE7D61D2/article.cfm

 

 

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