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NTAC e.News — April 15, 2005

Announcements: Local

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 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 ( 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 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

Leadership Nominations

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disability-access lawsuit settled

Thirteen area businesses sued by Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin have settled a lawsuit alleging Americans with Disabilities Act violations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Positions Available

Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Systems and Operations

CLOSING DATE: April 18, 2005
The incumbent is responsible to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance for directing and supervising the financial operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and for providing leadership and coordination in the development, implementation and maintenance of the Department’s financial systems.

Disability Concerns Coordinator

Deadline April 25, 2005
Disability Concerns Coordinator facilitates accommodation services for students with disabilities. A Bachelor’s degree in counseling, psychology, special education, rehabilitation or related human service field is required. One year postsecondary experience, prefer experience in supervisory position and working with people with disabilities. Send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to: Ann M. Caldwell, Director, Disability Concerns, Illinois State University, Campus Box 1290, Normal, IL 61790-1290.

Educational Interpreter

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:

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:

Instructional Assistant

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.

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APCD Project

The “Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability” (APCD) Project is a technical cooperation project between the government of Japan and the government of Thailand.

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.

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.


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.

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
You are invited to join us in our 10th anniversary and celebration of the TCC Worldwide Online Conference. We are working with a new name with the same goals — sharing expertise, experiences and knowledge among faculty and staff relevant to the use of information technology in learning, teaching and related academic services to university and college students worldwide. TCC now represents “Technology, Colleges and Community.” It is the longest running online conference designed for university and college practitioners including faculty, academic support staff, counselors, student services personnel, and administrators.

The Western Symposium On Deafness

April 20-23, 2005: San Diego, CA
The goal of the Western Symposium on Deafness (WSD) is to bring forth the latest knowledge in empowerment, education and employment of individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deaf-blind. With these key concepts in mind, the conference strands will focus on postsecondary education, rehabilitation, community services and technology. These strands were chosen to reflect the growing recognition of the need for interagency collaboration to facilitate service provision and improve the quality of the work we do.

Honoring Tradition and Exploring Innovative Approaches within the Multicultural Spectrum

April 22-23, 2005: Honolulu, HI
No Na ‘Oihana Kokua Conference “For the Helping Professionals”. Practitioners, theorists, and advocates from across the country will share their expertise in translating the theoretical and practical foundations of the counseling profession into effective and respectful use for a multicultural population. Keynote speakers include Kenneth A. Wesson, Educational Consultant, and Susan Eubanks, NCC, NSC, LPC, NBCC. There will also be pre-conference programs in multicultural skills training. Contact Rosie Woodruff, or 808-956-3456.

National Forum of the Thirty-First Institute on Rehabilitation Issues

May 2-3, 2005: Arlington, Virginia
Two draft publications: "Consumer Organizations — Important Resources for Vocational Rehabilitation" and "Leading and Managing Change in Public Vocational Rehabilitation" will be discussed with Forum participants in order to assist in preparing the documents for publication. For additional information, visit The George Washington University Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program (RRCEP) III Web site at: or contact the RRCEP directly via E-mail at, telephone at (202) 973-1550, TTY at (202) 973-1544, or FAX at (202) 775-0053.

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
The conference is co-sponsored by the Nutrition in MCH Leadership Training Grant, UCLA School of Public Health. The goal of the conference is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of health care professionals from Title V Agencies, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Medical Homes serving children with developmental disabilities, to promote health, prevent obesity as a secondary condition, and eliminate disparities between children with and without disabilities. For more information please contact Cary Kreutzer, USC UCEDD, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, (323) 671-3830 or

“Transitional Jobs: A Critical Reentry Employment Strategy”

May 5 - 6, 2005: Washington D.C.
Keynote Speaker will be Cheri Nolan, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Sponsored by the National Transitional Jobs Network, and the Fifth Annual Transitional Jobs.

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.

8th Annual ACT National WorkKeys Conference: Unlock the Potential

May 9-11, 2005: Chicago, Illinois
The goal of this conference is to create an arena for the mutual exchanges of relevant WorkKeys information. One-hour session facilitators should plan a 45-minute presentation. The remaining 15 minutes will be reserved for Q & A.

Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation: Policy, Program Development, and Service Provision in Community-Based Settings

May 9-11, 2005: New York City
Featured Topics include: Advocacy/Self- Determination, Aging, Case Management, Clinical Issues & Practice, Day/Residential Services, Employment, Family Supports, Health Care, Life Planning, Offenders with Disabilities, Management/Supervisory, Policy/Legislative, and Social Work Education.

"Building Brighter Futures For People With Developmental Disabilities" International Conference

May 9-13, 2005: New York City
IN - DEPTH SESSIONS ON: Advocacy/Self-Determination, Aging, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, Clinical Issues & Practices, Day Services, Dual Diagnosis, Early Childhood, Employment Training, Family Supports, Health Care/Medical, Inclusion, Learning Disabilitie, Legal, Ethical & Policy Issues, Life Planning, Management/Supervisory, Media/Public Relations, Profound MR/D, Psychopharmacology, Quality of Life, Residential Services, Sexuality, Special Education, Staf f Training, Technology, Transitions, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Women’s Issues, and Workforce.

2005 Accessibility University

May 13-14, 2005: Austin, Texas
An intensive, two-day training conference to provide professional web masters all they need to know about how and why to create web sites that meet federal, state, and industry mandates for accessibility. Accessibility University will help you develop policy, meet standards, understand how to use testing tools and much much more. You will have the unequalled opportunity to meet accessibility experts and learn from them how to ensure that your online applications are accessible to everyone. For more information, contact Sherry Scott,

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.

National ADA Symposium and Expo

May 17-19, 2005: Kansas City-Overland Park Convention Center
A comprehensive training event on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability issues, including accessible information technology. Presenters are nationally recognized experts in their fields.

2005 American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) National Conference

May 26–29, 2005: Orlando, Florida
he biennial conference brings together a variety of professionals who seek to improve education, employment, mental health, and advocacy services for members of our community. The upcoming conference theme, Navigating the Course to Quality Services, emphasizes the commitment ADARA members share in striving for the highest quality services possible and the desire that ADARA members have to collaborate with others in their efforts.

Collaborative Assistive Technology Conference

June 9 -11, 2005: Westminster, Colorado
Attendees will learn about local and national perspectives on state-of-the-art assistive technology devices and services. Don’t miss the largest assistive technology conference in the Rocky Mountain Region, with attendance estimated at over 600. With over 70 sessions geared toward every age and disability, there is something for everybody! Presenters are among the most respected in their fields.

VSA Arts In Education Conference

June 10-11, 2005: Washington, D.C.
The VSA arts in Education Conference is a unique opportunity to explore how to create and support inclusive learning environments that value the importance of arts in education. Through presentations on best practices from around the world, discover programs and research that provide students with disabilities unquestioned access to artistic, academic, and social growth. Learn about new ideas, resources, and tools that you can use to build and strengthen your work, school, and community.

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 2005 National Leadership Summit brings together state teams of leaders and policymakers to strengthen the capacity of states to scale up policy and practices for improved high school experiences and postschool outcomes for all youth. The 2005 National Leadership Summit will feature nationally recognized researchers and practitioners in two rounds of concurrent sessions which will be held on June 14 from 1:15-2:30 p.m. and 2:45-4:00 p.m.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration National Transition Conference

June 16 - 17, 2005: Washington, DC.
The conference will be designed to improve individual and group services being provided to youth with disabilities, such as coordination and collaboration, consultation and technical assistance, vocational assessments, career exploration, mentoring, work experiences, techniques that foster student self determination, informed choice and self advocacy skills and career placement. This groundbreaking conference will be the first of its kind for RSA. It will provide two levels of learning experiences. The first tier will concentrate on techniques and practices aimed at improving direct services to youth with disabilities. The second tier will provide technical assistance to VR and special education administrators to help them identify model methods of administration that can be jointly employed to increase collaboration and infuse innovative practices within a school system or VR agency to improve performance and increase successful outcomes. The conference is designed to immediately follow the National 2005 Leadership Summit conducted by the Office of Special Education Programs and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. This design is intended to foster continued collaboration and learning opportunities among school and VR personnel. Five hundred participants are expected. For more information, contact Melodie P. Johnson with RSA at

Focusing the Future: Realizing Multicultural Rehabilitation Outcomes

July 20-24, 2005: San Antonio, Texas
There will be ample time not only for learning, but for networking. Our keynoters will be representatives of the Rehabilitation Services Administration funded Technical Assistance Centers focusing on Latino/as, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and the Howard University Rehabilitation Research & Training Center focusing on African Americans. Send Reg & Fees Ms. Felicia Hunter, Chief Operating Officer, 19380 Magnolia, Southfield, MI 48075, Phone: (313) 964-3900, X-312 or FAX: (313) 964-399, Email:

RESNA’s 28th International Conference on Technology & Disability

June 23–27, 2005: Atlanta, Georgia
RESNA takes the 2005 Conference to Atlanta, GA, where assistive technology’s leading researchers, renowned clinicians, and policy experts will create a conference program with unmatched levels of knowledge and expertise. RESNA will again offer a packed Exhibit Hall, Product Demonstrations and Training sessions, two days of Pre-Conference Instructional Courses, and 3 full days of Workshops, Interactive Poster Sessions, Themed Paper Sessions, and distinguished speakers.

5th Annual MERLOT International Conference

July 25 – 28, 2005: Nashville, Tennessee
Our goal is to engage you in preparing for what lies beyond the horizon with the globalization of digital teaching and learning through pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, round tables, hands-on workshops, panel sessions in addition to our thought-provoking keynote addresses by world renowned leaders in higher education and technology.

Deaf Women United: 10th National Conference

June 25-29, 2005: Ellicott City, MD
Deaf Women United conference is a first class event for every deaf and hard of hearing women to benefit! Understanding what DWU offers as well as your role in participating is the key to success.

Instructional Technology and Education of the Deaf, An International Symposium

June 27–30, 2005
Rochester, New York
The program will focus on the education of deaf students in K-12 and postsecondary environments using technology from around the world. Among international participants, there will be representation from five international postsecondary programs serving deaf students. These professionals will present and discuss issues related to technology and education.

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.

National Federation of the Blind Conventions 2005 National Convention

July 2-8, 2005: Louiseville, KY
NFB conventions give government representatives, agency administrators, and leaders in politics, business, and industry the opportunity to address and respond to a large nationwide audience primarily of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The topics of interest include: relevant civil rights issues; rehabilitation of the blind for competitive employment; the operation of vending facilities by blind persons on public property; specialized library services for the blind; Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs; advancements in technology; the organization and funding of federal programs; and other timely topics. Legislative proposals, new laws, administrative policy, and program changes are all considered during the convention.

Telecommunications for the Deaf Conference

July 11-13, 2005: New Orleans, LA
TDI (also known as Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc.) was established in 1968 originally to promote further distribution of TTYs in the deaf community and to publish an annual national directory of TTY numbers. Today, it is an active national advocacy organization focusing its energies and resources to address equal access issues in telecommunications and media for four constituencies in deafness and hearing loss, specifically people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind.

12th World Conference of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

July 16 - 21 2006: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organisations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all visually impaired children and youth so that they may achieve their full potential.

“Strengthening Transition: Achieving Results” 2005 Pa Community On Transition Conference

July 20-22, 2005: State College, PA.
The primary purpose of this conference is to expand the capacity of community partners in promoting the successful transition of youth/young adults with disabilities to postschool outcomes of employment, post-secondary education and training, community, participation and healthy lifestyles. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new information about successful practices to assist youth/young adults with disabilities in achieving successful post-school outcomes. In addition, participants will obtain new ideas from other practices, and have the opportunity to listen, share information, and network. A feature of this year’s conference will be the inclusion of youth/young adults with disabilities and/or families/caregivers, highlighting current or past transition experiences.

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
We hope you will be able to join us and be a part of the NAMRC family. There will be ample time not only for learning, but for networking. Our keynoters will be representatives of the Rehabilitation Services Administration funded Technical Assistance Centers focusing on Latino/as, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and the Howard University Rehabilitation Research & Training Center focusing on African Americans.

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.

“Navigating The Way” 16th Annual Apse Conference

July 24 - 27, 2005: Mobile, AL
The Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment conference will be held at the Mobile Convention Center, a premier meeting and convention facility. The Convention Center is a remarkable structure, featuring an award winning design and state-of-the-art equipment and services.

AHEAD 2005 “Meeting the Profession”

August 2-6, 2005: Milwaukee, WI
The annual international AHEAD conference brings together professionals in the fields of higher education and disability for a week of information-sharing, networking and theoretical and practical training.

8th Annual RSA Project Director’s Conference

August 8-10, 2005: Washington, DC
This is the 8th Annual RSA Conference, centering on the following theme: “Customer Satisfaction: Paving the Way to Success.” Attendees will hear the latest updates on project outcomes, impacts, and products from Project Officers across the country. Presentations will describe effective practices and progress from RSA-funded projects on the following topics: building effective relationships with clients, creating a welcoming atmosphere and encouraging success, measuring customer satisfaction, and techniques and tools that work. The RSA Conference is a great opportunity to network, collaborate, and partner. For conference registration information, call Gayle Lawler at 1-800-444-4406, or FAX 315-451-4676.

Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005

August 23-25, 2005: Dundee, Scotland
The conference will explore the frontiers of inclusive design in the real world. It will examine some of the challenges in implementing the numerous guidelines and meeting legal responsibilities. There will be opportunities for discussion and debate among those at the front- line of design and development work and those providing guidance regarding accessible and inclusive design.

2005 International College Teaching Methods & Styles (CTMS) Conference

September 19-21, 2005: Reno, Nevada
The CTMS Conference gives those in the profession of teaching a forum for discussion by faculty about all areas affecting teaching and learning, gives faculty the opportunity to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about teaching. The main goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for academics to come together and share ideas for different teaching methods and styles.

“Many Voices, One Vision” Developmental Disabilities Summit

September 21-24, 2005: Washington D.C.
Alliance for Full Participation Summit 2005: Many Voices, One Vision, is an opportunity for all those committed to making the promises inherent in the Developmental Disabilities Act for Americans a reality to come together to dream, plan and organize around a common vision, to forge a common social reform action agenda that re-energizes disability advocates and establishes a set of shared action, program and policy goals for the decade ahead.

Alliance for Full Participation Summit

September 22-23, 2005: Washington, DC
The Alliance for Full Participation will host a 2005 Summit: Many Voices, One Vision to bring together those committed to making the promises inherent in the Developmental Disabilities Act for Americans a reality. Over twelve hundred individuals are expected to attend to help craft a new strategic policy and social agenda in support of full participation, and to carry that agenda forward in their communities following the Summit.

JAN Annual Conference

September 26-27, 2005: San Francisco, CA.

Job Accomodation Network staff and other experts will answer questions such as...

  • How does an employer recruit, hire, retain, promote, and accommodate employees with disabilities?
  • What strategies have employers implemented to facilitate successful and cost-effective accommodations?
  • What do laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) say about employing individuals with disabilities?

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ LEAD Conference

September 29 & October 1, 2005: Scottsdale, AZ
Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) was established in 1999 to address the growing interests and need for information on accessibility. Accessibility has become a top priority for theaters, museums and other arts organizations that have dedicated themselves to making the arts accessible to all. For more information, contact Eileen Bagnall at ARTability (602) 757-8118 or (520) 631-6253.

11th Annual National Conference on Rural Independent Living

October 8-10, 2005: Honolulu, HI
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national network of rural centers for independent living (CIL’s) and other organizations and individuals concerned with the unique aspects of rural independent living. APRIL is organized to promote independence and strive for full rights and benefits for individuals with disabilities living in rural environments.

8th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education

November 8-11, 2005: Boulder, CO
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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