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NTAC e.News — April 15, 2005
NEW! Looking for partners for the APA Summit exhibit
NTAC is looking for a couple of individuals who can assist NTAC with an exhibit booth in the upcoming event: the APA Federal Career Advancement Summit to be held on Tuesday, May 3, at the Washington Convention Center. If interested, please contact Dr. Kim-Rupnow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-956-5712.
NEW! NTAC Partner, CSAVR, Spring Conference
The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Spring Conference is here. From April 17th through the 20th at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel in beautiful Bethesda, Maryland, rehabilitation service administrators from all over the United States will meet to discuss, among other things, the appropriation of funds for individuals with disabilities. The HIRE.US database (http://www.hireus.cds.hawaii.edu) will also be presented to Rehabilitation Counselors and Administrators attending that conference as a tool that they can use to get rehabilitation consumers employed. Here's hoping the conference is a big success!
NEW! NTAC Cultural Briefs are being utilized!
On April 13th, John Stone, PhD, an NTAC Advisory Board member and the Director of the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York commented in an e-mail to NTAC that he had just seen a research report called Perspectives on Disability in 3 Cultural Communities: Downtown Toronto, Canada. It was a study of Chinese, Vietnamese and Portuguese speaking immigrants to that country and he believes that, since NTAC is cited as a reference, this is an indication of the utilization of our products. A CIRRIE monograph is also cited, as well as the Culture Briefs NTAC developed with CIRRIE. The link is http://www.scaddingcourt.org. Go to the bottom of that page and click on publication #13 (found on pages 7 and 8) for this report for more information.
AAPI cultural competence course online
NTAC-AAPI invites you to take our free online course for VR professionals. While we are in the development stage of this course at this time with a target date of early May 2005, we would like to know of people interested. It will be a web-based, graduate-level distance-learning course offered through the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Professor Dr. Paul Leung of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions, of the University of North Texas and Assistant Professor Nanzhang Hampton A Certified Rehabilitation Counselor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston will be conducting the course. 8 hours of Certified Rehabilitation Continuing Education Credits will be offered. For more information please contact Amy Nawatani, Training Coordinator at email@example.com.
Nominate an individual whom you believe could offer leadership to the minority community in the areas of Rehabilitation Capacity Building for proposal development and disability advocacy! For more information: http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu/e_news/Nomination_Package.pdf
Announcements: National and International
NEW! Labor Department Kicks Off Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network Campaign: April 7, 2005
EARN Connects Employers with Workforce Talent and Solutions. The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a nationwide outreach campaign to educate employers, workers and the public about a free recruiting service that meets employer staffing needs, lowers recruiting costs and impacts an employer’s bottom line. The service, the Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network EARN matches employer job openings with productive and skilled employees with disabilities. EARN also provides information and technical assistance. http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20050620.htm
A Pre-Conference White House Event: “The Voice of Business on the Mature Workforce”
On June 15, 2005, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) will hold a one-day forum, entitled, "The Voice of Business on the Mature Workforce." It is a White House designated pre-conference to the White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) in October 2005, a national symposium that occurs once every ten years. This year, the White House has asked the Center for Workforce Preparation and the Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Divisions of the U.S. Chamber to present CEO’s the opportunity to provide policy recommendations at the WHCoA. This forum ensures the business community’s voice is heard when shaping new policy for the hiring, training, retaining, and advancing of older workers. Participants will develop 4 policy recommendations which the U.S. Chamber will put forth to the White House. http://www.uschamber.com/cwp/events/whitehouseagingevent.htm
EN Recruitment Forum - Register Now!
In order to attract, engage, and sustain local service provider and business interest, The National Alliance for Ticket to Work is partnering with local community leaders, offering public/private partnership development resources and technical assistance to organizations in five U.S. communities New York, Miami, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, and the Los Angeles/San Diego area. http://www.yourtickettowork.com/en_recruitment_forum
High court rejects student-disability claim
An earlier ruling said the state violated a constitutional provision guaranteeing equality. The Tokyo High Court on Friday overturned a lower court ruling and denied compensation to three former students who opted not to enroll in the pension plan when participation was voluntary. The high court, citing a past precedent, ruled that the Diet has a wide prerogative to set up pension systems that may result in treating individuals differently. http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200503260148.htm
Request for Proposals
The University of Colorado at Boulder invites speaker proposals for its 8th annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference. The conference, which takes place adjacent to the Boulder campus, focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting. Other topic areas cover 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/invite.present2005.html
Disability-access lawsuit settled
Thirteen area businesses sued by Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin have settled a lawsuit alleging Americans with Disabilities Act violations. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/news/archive/local_20365483.shtml
Online disability experts database help with compliance for disability access
Providing online access to a database of over 200 disability trainers, auditors and consultants who have an interest or experience in
working with museums, galleries, libraries and archives, Disability Experts is the first database of its kind in the cultural sector and
the latest step towards reducing access barriers in our heritage organisations.
Advancing workplaces: Office gadgets aid people with disabilities
Armed with an arsenal of high-tech assistive technology, people with disabilities no longer have to be disadvantaged in the workplace. http://www.metronews.ca/worksmart_news.asp?id=7077
New Computer Mouse Maneuverable with Nose, Tongue and Even Eyes
A group of computer science students in Korea have developed a program where people can manipulate a mouse by moving their noses and tongues and even by blinking their eyes. The program may offer physically-disabled people easier access to computers. http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200502/200502220017.html
Videos mark, explain disability act
The Justice Department released two new videos Friday to make it easier for businesses to understand and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. http://www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20050318-013040-9474r
Innovative Video Relay Services Launched by CSD
CSD, a leader in services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, has launched CSDVRS, an innovative service where a caller using sign language communicates with a live video interpreter via a video connection. The video interpreter signs the telephone conversation with the sign language user and voices to the hearing person, who uses a standard telephone. http://www.c-s-d.org/Default.aspx?tabid=247
VSA Arts Juried Art Exhibit with Cash Awards
VSA arts, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the participation of people with disabilities in the arts, has announced "Shifting Gears," an annual call for art and juried exhibit made possible with the support of Volkswagen of America, Inc. Shifting Gears" challenges young artists with disabilities to reflect on a pivotal moment or event in their life that led them to a greater understanding of themselves in relation to their art and/or their disability. Artwork may illustrate actual aspects of the moment or event, such as the environment, physical manifestations, or personal discoveries. Abstract work that relates to the artist’s feelings or emotions is also encouraged. The finalists will receive their awards at a reception on Capitol Hill, and their artwork will be displayed in a nation-wide touring exhibit that debuts at the Smithsonian in the fall. The program is open to young artists between the ages of 16 and 25 living in the United States who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. A disability is defined as an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Deadline: July 15, 2005. See the VSA arts website to download guidelines and an application form at http://www.vsarts.org/x267.xml.
Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Systems and Operations
CLOSING DATE: April 18, 2005
Disability Concerns Coordinator
Deadline April 25, 2005
The person in this position will interpret for deaf students in the classroom, during meetings with faculty and staff, and during programs on campus. This person will also conduct tutoring for the student as needed and will be required to read course materials prior to class to become familiar with uncommon ASL signs and language. Send Letter of interest, resume, transcript, proof of certification, and three letters of recommendation to: Mary Helen Walker, Director, Disability Support Services, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, One University Drive, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372-1510, Phone: 910.521.6695
Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Disability Services
Seeking a high energy individual with creativity who will be a student advocate that promotes diversity and academic success for racial and ethnic minorities, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender students, and students with disabilities. The successful candidate will create greater awareness of multicultural issues for the entire campus community. Responsible for programs that enhances student retention, supervision of part-time staff and students, development/management of office budgets, and facilitation of ongoing assessment. Apply: Dr. Daniel Starliper, Shepherd University, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 3210, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, Phone: 304-876-5299, Fax: 304-876-5197, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessibility Services Coordinator
Reviews documentation, verifies disability, and determines and monitors academic accommodations. Participates in training on campus and in the community regarding disability issues. Hires, supervises, and evaluates student staff. Coordinates services for text in alternative format, including textbooks on tape and CD. Creates and implements programs for support of students and OAS, including direct assistance to students. Assists Director in all functions of Accessibility Services. Send cover letter, resume and list of 3 references required to: Joyce Lawson, Human Resources, Central Missouri State University, Administration 101, Warrensburg, MO 64093, Phone: 660-543-4255, Fax: 660-543-422, Email: email@example.com
Mission College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley and serving a diverse student population is now accepting applications form dynamic and energetic applicants who are interested in a part-time, instructional Assistant position within a team-oriented environment. Under the direction of the college’s Dean of Community Education, the incumbent will assist instructors and/ or other academic staff assigned to serve in the Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities (PSDD). Human Resources, West Valley-Mission College District, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070-5698, Phone: 408-741-2415. http://www.wvmccd.cc.ca.us/wvmccd/hr
The “Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability” (APCD) Project is a technical cooperation project between the government of Japan and the government of Thailand. http://www.apcdproject.org
Keyboard Access Tips
Alan Cantor’s Keyboard Access Tips is a resource for people who want to operate Windows® more efficiently by using the keyboard more effectively. This is not a list of hotkeys. Instead, learn techniques that allow you to operate Windows-based software without a mouse, and to discover specific hot keys as you need them. http://www.cantoraccess.com/keyaccess/keyaccesstips.htm
Disabled Peoples’ International, Asia-Pacific Regional Development Offices
Disabled Peoples’ International is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development. http://www.dpiap.org
ABBYY is a world leader in development of document recognition, forms processing and linguistic technologies. ABBYY’s award-winning FineReader OCR software converts static paper documents and PDF files into manageable electronic data, saving you time and effort. ABBYY FormReader is a powerful data capture platform used by business users, large enterprises and governmental agencies to process thousands of forms daily. And ABBYY’s document recognition SDKs have won acclaim from software developers and VARs that have integrated ABBYY technologies into their own applications. http://www.abbyy.com
Institutes / Conferences
For a complete list of conferences, please visit the Conferences section of our Web site.
10TH Anniversary Tcc Worldwide Online Conference: “Looking Back Towards The Future?”
April 19-21, 2005; Pre-Conference Dates: April 5-6, 2005
The Western Symposium On Deafness
April 20-23, 2005: San Diego, CA
Honoring Tradition and Exploring Innovative Approaches within the Multicultural Spectrum
April 22-23, 2005: Honolulu, HI
National Forum of the Thirty-First Institute on Rehabilitation Issues
May 2-3, 2005: Arlington, Virginia
Beyond Assessment: The Team Approach to Prevention and Intervention for Overweight and Obesity in Children with Developmental Disabilities
May 2-3, 2005: West Los Angeles, CA
“Transitional Jobs: A Critical Reentry Employment Strategy”
May 5 - 6, 2005: Washington D.C.
National Training Conference (NTC)
May 9-11, 2005: Washington, DC
8th Annual ACT National WorkKeys Conference: Unlock the Potential
May 9-11, 2005: Chicago, Illinois
Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation: Policy, Program Development, and Service Provision in Community-Based Settings
May 9-11, 2005: New York City
"Building Brighter Futures For People With Developmental Disabilities" International Conference
May 9-13, 2005: New York City
2005 Accessibility University
May 13-14, 2005: Austin, Texas
2005 Irma International Conference
May 15-18, 2005: San Diego, California
National ADA Symposium and Expo
May 17-19, 2005: Kansas City-Overland Park Convention Center
2005 American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) National Conference
May 2629, 2005: Orlando, Florida
Collaborative Assistive Technology Conference
June 9 -11, 2005: Westminster, Colorado
VSA Arts In Education Conference
June 10-11, 2005: Washington, D.C.
National Leadership Summit On Improving Results: Policy And Practice Implications For Secondary And Postseconday Education And Employment For Youth With Disabilities
June 14-15, 2005: Washington, DC.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration National Transition Conference
June 16 - 17, 2005: Washington, DC.
Focusing the Future: Realizing Multicultural Rehabilitation Outcomes
July 20-24, 2005: San Antonio, Texas
RESNA’s 28th International Conference on Technology & Disability
June 2327, 2005: Atlanta, Georgia
5th Annual MERLOT International Conference
July 25 28, 2005: Nashville, Tennessee
Deaf Women United: 10th National Conference
June 25-29, 2005: Ellicott City, MD
Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf, An International Symposium
June 2730, 2005
ICORR 2005: 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics—Frontiers of the Human-Machine Interface
June 28 - July 1, 2005: Chicago, Illinois
National Federation of the Blind Conventions 2005 National Convention
July 2-8, 2005: Louiseville, KY
Telecommunications for the Deaf Conference
July 11-13, 2005: New Orleans, LA
12th World Conference of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
July 16 - 21 2006: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Strengthening Transition: Achieving Results” 2005 Pa Community On Transition Conference
July 20-22, 2005: State College, PA.
The National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC) Annual Training Conference - Focusing the Future: Realizing Multicultural Rehabilitation Outcomes
July 20-24, 2005: San Antonio, Texas
HCI International 2005
July 22-27, 2005: Las Vegas, NV
“Navigating The Way” 16th Annual Apse Conference
July 24 - 27, 2005: Mobile, AL
AHEAD 2005 “Meeting the Profession”
August 2-6, 2005: Milwaukee, WI
8th Annual RSA Project Director’s Conference
August 8-10, 2005: Washington, DC
Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005
August 23-25, 2005: Dundee, Scotland
2005 International College Teaching Methods & Styles (CTMS) Conference
September 19-21, 2005: Reno, Nevada
“Many Voices, One Vision” Developmental Disabilities Summit
September 21-24, 2005: Washington D.C.
Alliance for Full Participation Summit
September 22-23, 2005: Washington, DC
JAN Annual Conference
September 26-27, 2005: San Francisco, CA.
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ LEAD Conference
September 29 & October 1, 2005: Scottsdale, AZ
11th Annual National Conference on Rural Independent Living
October 8-10, 2005: Honolulu, HI
8th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education
November 8-11, 2005: Boulder, CO
Research / Publications
Design for every body: Universal design is an approach to making homes livable for anyone; aging baby boomers are expected to make such demands
Home accessibility improvements for the disabled may come from an unusual quarter in the future — youth-oriented baby boomers who are starting to feel the physical aches and pains of aging. The oldest boomers are approaching 60. If history is any guide, this generation isn’t likely to tolerate many restrictions on their active lifestyles. They will demand and receive not only better drugs and medical care, but improved home designs and features to accommodate their bodies’ changing needs, say San Luis Obispo County home builders and disability advocates. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/business/11301459.htm
Federal Employment Initiative Helps People with Disabilities Transition into Workforce
In recent years, the topic of unemployment in this country has gained substantial exposure as statistics abound regarding the number of people seeking to enter the workforce. While the national percentage of unemployment currently remains at nearly 5.5 percent, an even more staggering figure has gone largely unnoticed among the general public: studies cite the national unemployment rate among individuals with disabilities to be hovering near 70 percent, despite the experience, education, and enthusiasm this untapped pool of workers has to offer to today’s workplace. http://www.hrms-netassets.net/templates/template.asp?articleid=858&zoneid=45
Forum hears concerns about disability act
It was just her voice that kept Angie Creech from being a student teacher. Just her voice, but her bosses at a fast food restaurant wouldn’t let her take orders. Just her voice, but it has led people to judge her intelligence before they know her. http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050326/NEWS01/503260307/1079
Daughter’s disability goads 55-year-old to study
At 55, Ila Ashok Dave should be sitting at home and taking care of her children, instead she is busy these days appearing for her HSC examination. She is not doing [this] to enter any record book. Rather it is her daughter’s disability that had goaded her to continue her studies to be able to supplement the family income and do something for her daughter. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1062593.cms
Learn How Your Colleagues in Workforce Development are Assisting Individuals with Disabilities
Workforce professionals from across the country are now partnering with the Ticket to Work Program to promote employment and training opportunities for over ten million individuals with disabilities nationwide. The Ticket Program has recently begun to collect Promising Practices from agencies that are currently working with Ticket-holders to share insight and experiences with others also considering serving in their communities. http://www.hrms-netassets.net/templates/template.asp?articleid=894&zoneid=45
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