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 15, 2004
You can find this and previous issues of e.News online at

~ Announcements

~ Positions Available

~ Resources

~ Institutes / Conferences

~ Research / Publications



NTAC-AAPI Activities

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.   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.  For more information and to RSVP by the 20th of October, 2004, please contact Amy Nawatani at or call 808-956-0947.


Collaboration Opportunity – NTAC-AAPI’s Work Plan

We’re preparing a work plan for year 4 (Oct. 04 – Sept. 05). If you’re interested in collaborating with us to increase employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities (AAPI), please send Christine ( a short description of activities and outcomes expected by Sept. 30th  under the following objectives:

- Establish collaborative linkages for strategic planning, technical assistance, training, outreach and service delivery, and dissemination.

- Identify solutions to barriers for AAPI access and participation in VR process

- Provide information to employers and industry organizations

- Provide culturally and linguistically relevant training on legal provisions

- Provide educational and vocational outreach to AAPIs with disabilities

- Assist stakeholders to better understand related issues

- Develop a corps of AAPI leaders with disabilities


Mark your calendars for your professional development and retreat in sunny Hawaii!

Feb 24-25 (Th, F): Leadership Institute (co-sponsored by NTAC and Dahn Institute)

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 next e.News.


Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) on October 20, 2004

NTAC-AAPI is helping to sponsor Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) on October 20, 2004.  DMD is a local and national effort to promote the employment of persons with disabilities through personal mentoring.  DMD enables participants to spend part of a day visiting a business or agency that matches their interests, and to have one-on-one time with volunteer mentors.  DMD provides employers with an opportunity to help promote employment of persons with disabilities, to demonstrate positive leadership in their communities, and to tap a pool of potential future employees.  If you are an employer and would like to participate by providing mentorship, please contact Christine at, or by phone at 808-956-2890.  If you or someone you know would like to participate as a mentee, please contact Amy at, or by phone at 808-956-0947.  Mahalo !


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.


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

Sponsored by the Department of Education Waipahu/Pearl City Community School for Adults in Partnership with VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific - October 4-December 10, 2004

Workplace Literacy Adult Education and Micro-Enterprise Development Classes offered to People with Developmental and other Disabilities. For more information, see url:


Search for Jobs Online with FAPAC's partner Avue Digital Services!

FAPAC is an organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for APAs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of APAs in the Government work force. Through this site, you will be able to access and apply for Federal job opportunities, as well as receive notification of opportunities of interest.


VSA Artsplace Class - September 21-22, 2004
TOPICS: Small Business Development and State and City Resources, Business-to-Business Marketing discussion, How to Earn Money as an Artist without Losing your SSI/SSDI.  Location: Artsplace Conference Room  2201 Waimano Home Road, Hale C. Call for directions and to arrange sign language and other accessibility accommodations.
Call 808-455-6002 or email



Workforce Literacy Skills Development in Arts Education and Creative Arts/Micro-Enterprise Training based on National Arts Education and Social Security Administration Policies and PASS Guidelines. For more information, see url:


Register Now! Pearl City Creative Arts Classes - Sept. 13-17 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Children and Young Adults Classes: Holiday ornament making, Watercolor, Drawing and painting,Textiles, Hawaii beach glass jewelry, Pulp art (frames) (lamps) (accessories); photography, and Pottery. CULTURAL ACCESS: Call to arrange sign language interpretation for any class. The Artsplace is fully accessible. For more information, 808-455-6002 or email



National & International


CALL FOR ARTICLES on PROMISING PRACTICES on Accessible Information Technology in Education for Information Technology and Disabilities

A special issue of the Information Technology and Disabilities (ITD) journal for Spring, 2005, will feature promising practices in promoting, developing, procuring and using accessible information technology in education. Authors considering contributions to this issue should send abstracts of proposed articles to the guest editor, Sheryl Burgtahler, at by November 15, 2004. A draft of the full article must be submitted by January 30, 2005. All articles published in ITD are peer reviewed, and are subject to possible rejection or revision based upon peer reviewer comments. Authors will be given an opportunity to update and revise their articles based upon peer review comments before final publication. ITD general publication guidelines are available at


All-Time Waimano Reunion - November 6, 2004, 2-9 p.m.

Live Holiday Music, Lion’s Club Karaoke, Refreshments, Old Friends and Fun! Part of the all-time reunion of former DOH employees of the former Waimano Home Training School and Hospital, which is now the Hawaii Artsplace for arts, creative industries and business development for artists with and without developmental and other disabilities.

Also invited are Very Special Arts (VSA arts of Hawaii-Pacific) artists, former and current board members and supporters and friends. Address: 2201 Waimano Home Road, Hale C, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782. RSVP: More information or to arrange for a sign language interpreter, call 455-6002.


Dr. Bonnie O'Day and Verizon Wireless Settle Section 255 Formal Complaint Proceeding
Verizon Wireless and Dr. Bonnie O’Day announced today that they have reached a settlement agreement resolving a complaint before the Federal Communications Commission concerning the accessibility of Verizon Wireless’ wireless products and services.


Submission Deadline: 10/15/2004

A festival of short films by people with learning disabilities Learning disability arts organisation Carousel and community film makers Junk TV are running a brand new learning disability film festival - Oska Bright - in Brighton this year. The organisations, along, 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.

To enter call 01273 234734 or email


The Tablet PC Takes Its Place in the Classroom

Microsoft released an updated version of its Windows XP Tablet PC operating system that offers improved handwriting recognition, addressing one of the chief complaints about the earlier version.


The web sites, and, have agreed to implement a variety of accessibility standards that will permit users of assistive technology, such as screen reader software, to more easily navigate these web sites.


Traumatic Brain Injury
Prevention is the only cure for traumatic brain injury. Education is critical to ensure everyone understands tbi's life long impacts. If you'd like to discuss brain injury or it's affects on your life and what we can do to advance policies and practices whether in treatment or prevention or if you need assistance regarding a legislative, policy, or personal issue, contact Wendy Posey, Administrative Assistant, Government Relations at 703.761.0750, or


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. More information about the conference, including an online registration form and materials for those interested in becoming either a conference exhibitor or sponsor are located at Please contact us for details on the event: NEADS, Rm. 426 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, Canada, by telephone (613) 526-8008 (Voice and TTY), by fax (613) 520-3704 (Attention Frank Smith, National Coordinator), and by e-mail


On-line Course: Designing Universally Accessible Web Resources - September 30-December 17, 2004

Instructor: Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., APT

Universal design focuses on making web resources compatible with the widest range of web browsing technologies which can also easily adapt to the needs and capabilities of users through the use of web standards. Meets weekly on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm (CST). More information at:


Federal labor official endorses Alaska incentives for persons with disabilities

A federal labor department official today endorsed a Murkowski administration policy of encouraging public-private sector partnerships that contribute to increased independence, employment and dignity for Alaskans with disabilities.





Notetaker / Reader
Applications are currently being accepted to establish a pool of qualified applicants for these temporary, hourly, on-call positions on an on-going basis. Applications for these temporary, hourly, on-call positions will be accepted on a continuing basis through 6/30/05. Alfrieda Gant, Personnel Coordinator, Human Resources Management, California State University, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032, (323) 343-3668, Fax: (323) 343-3662, TDD: (323) 343-3670,


Director of Disability Services
Centenary College seeks a Director of Disability Services to administer, supervise & implement the College Disability Service Programs for learning disabled and physically challenged students and coordinate services for students with disabilities. Mail:           Dr. Sandra Moore, Associate Dean, Academic Support Services, Centenary College, 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, 908-979-4277,


Interpreter Specialist
Assist program Supervisor in recruitment, selection, assignment, and evaluation of the work of interpreters who transliterate English to and from American Sign Language; to maintain records related to the program; to perform skilled interpretation; and to perform related work as required. Applicant Processing, Human Resources, Coast Community College District, 1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-438-4715


Coordinator Family Services
Responsible for coordinating and providing support/assistance for families of persons ages 0-26 who are deaf-blind in the State. Central Michigan University, Human Resources, 109-C Rowe Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, 989-774-3753, Fax: 989-774-3256, TDD: 989-774-6566,


Assistant Director, Compliance and Disability Services
Work collaboratively with unit administrators to ensure good faith efforts are continually undertaken to comply with University's equal employment/equal access policies and the University's Affirmative Action. Plan and enhance campus-wide awareness of disability and other diversity-related issues. Human Resource Services, Attn: Susan Neal, Purdue University, Freehafer Hall of Administrative Services, 401 South Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2024, 765-496-JOBS (5627) or 800-213-9202, TDD: 765-496-1343,


Sign Language Interpreter

Performs sign language interpreting for students enrolled in a variety of courses at Madison Area Technical College, and for providing general support to the learning activities of deaf/hard of hearing students. Mail: HR Department, Madison Area Technical College, 3550 Anderson Street Madison, WI 53704, 608-246-6900, Fax: 608-246-6909




IC2D: Integrated Communication 2 Draw

 Through the IC2D user interface, which partitions the screen into nine equal squares, the user may select an arbitrary set of points and later return to any one of those selected points. Navigation and fine point selection are done via a new recursive scheme based on the layout of the telephone keypad.


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 within the United States, its territories and freely associated states, primarily through our member community health clinics.


NEC Foundation of America
NEC Foundation of America supports programs with national reach and impact in assistive technology for people with disabilities.



DO-IT offers a large collection of educational videotapes that can be used in training. They relate to people with disabilities, assistive technology, accessible information technology, college transition, faculty training, career preparation, and accessible campus services. In part because the videos are short, are available with captions and audio description, and include the voices of people with disabilities, they are appropriate for a wide range of training situations. They are available as streaming videos at




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.


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.


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



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



The Role Of Technology In Preparing Youth With Disabilities For Postsecondary Education And Employment
Access to electronic and information technology can help students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities prepare for and succeed in adult life.


Disability Employment 101

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2003, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a guide to acquaint business leaders with programs and resources available to assist them in hiring people with disabilities.


Why Special Education Teachers Should Care about Foster Care

Each day hundreds of children are removed from their homes and placed into foster care because of known or suspected forms of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. Some parents pursue foster placement options for their children when no other alternatives exist for the provision of assistance they need. The problem is all too real for parents without any or adequate health insurance that provides services for youth with severe disabilities.



About 2.3 million people in the United States or one percent of the population have some form of epilepsy, with more than 180,000 new cases diagnosed each year in Americans of all races and ages.




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