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NTAC e.News — December 1, 2005

Quotable Asian Wisdom

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

-Chinese Proverb

Announcements: Local

NEW! Registration Opened

Registration for our free, online AAPI culture course with Dr. Paul Leung, Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions department at the University of North Texas and Dr. Nan Zhang Hampton, Associate Professor of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University is now open. The course, which begins January 9th, 2006, is worth 10 continuing Education Units (CEUs) (provided by the Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)) and will last approximately three weeks. Please visit to sign up.

NEW! New Talking Books

Two books, “A Light in My Heart” (Library of Congress: RC 26603) and “My Disability-God’s Ability” (RC 59622), written by Dr. Young Woo Kang, a member of the National Council on Disability and an NTAC supporter, are available as talking books from local libraries that are associated with the National Library Services for the Blind.

NEW! Two New Resources

NTAC-AAPI’s Project Director, Weol Soon Kim-Rupnow, Ph.D. has collaborated on two publications in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. These articles are a new, ground-breaking look at the utilization of VR services by a population that is historically underserved in rehab. For more information, please see:

NEW! New Employers

Congratulations to Blind and Low Vision of Montana and Puna Kamalii Flowers, Inc. of Hawaii for registering and becoming a part of our Hire.Us Employer database! As employers registered with HIRE.US, they will be able to access our diverse database of job-seekers and their resumes online. The database may be searched by state, job category, or keyword to identify qualified applicants. HIRE.US 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. Tax incentives are also available to help employers cover the cost of accommodations for employees with disabilities, and to make their places of business accessible for employees and/or customers with disabilities.

To find out more and to register your company with HIRE.US, check out

Announcements: National and International

HHS Awards Grants to Help People with Disabilities Work

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the award of $25.1 million in Medicaid infrastructure grants to 39 states to help people with disabilities find and keep work without losing their Medicaid benefits.

Grant awards are effective as of Jan. 1, 2006, and will run until Dec. 31, 2006. More information on this Medicaid Infrastructure Grant program may be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Web site

Agency: Outdated rules keep disabled out of work

WASHINGTON—Federal rules used to determine who’s disabled are nearly 50 years old and need to be updated to reflect economic, medical, and technological advances, a government panel says. More info:

Positions Available

Two positions at the Center on the Family

Early childhood education lead coach—ID# 25683. Center on the Family. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Center on the Family (COF), located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The preferred method of applying for a job is through our on-line application process. Please go to, click on “Employment” and navigate to “Job Announcements/Apply for a Job.”

Closing Date: See RCUH website for closing date. Recruitment commenced on 11/28/05. Consideration of applications will begin on 12/09/05. EEO/AA Employer

Project Support Facilitator—ID# 25684. Center on the Family. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Center on the Family (COF), located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The preferred method of applying for a job is through our on-line application process. Please go to, click on “Employment” and navigate to “Job Announcements/Apply for a Job.”

Closing Date: See RCUH website for closing date. Recruitment commenced on 11/28/05. Consideration of applications will begin on 12/09/05. EEO/AA Employer.

Associate Editor for Outreach and Promotion for the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal

We are seeking an Associate Editor for Outreach and Promotion for the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. Attached is a position description. More information about RDS can be found at

Note that this is not a paid position. However, being an editor of an academic journal is an excellent asset to your vitae, and is a great way to learn more about disability studies and make contacts all over the world. If you are interested in the position, please email me,, your vitae by December 5th. Please also do not hesitate to ask me questions.

Recent Products

Latest issue of the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal available for FREE online for a limited time only!

An international disability studies journal. Articles from noted scholars in the field AND new voices. Representing a rich diversity of perspectives and disciplines. Available in print, online and other accessible formats. Published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We welcome new subscribers and manuscript submissions.

For a complete list of NTAC products, please visit the Products section of our Web site.


California Association for Postsecondary Education & Disability (CAPED)

CAPED’s mission is to promote the full and effective participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of California Higher Education. For more info:

NIDR OP: Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Projects

The purpose of this program is to provide research training and experience at an advanced level to individuals with doctorates or similar advanced degrees who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers, including individuals with disabilities, with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and that improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

TITLE: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program—Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Projects Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-111505-001
Date for Applications: Jan 17, 2006

Administration on Aging (AoA) & Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Grant Awards

Information on awards used by states to develop Aging and Disability Resource Center programs that will provide citizen-centered “one-stop shop” entry points into the long-term support system and be based in local communities accessible to people who may require long-term support. More information on AoA and CMS:

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grants

Grants are given to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. Funding is awarded twice yearly to programs in thirteen categories including: accessibility, advocacy, arts, assistive technology, children, counseling, education, employment, health promotion, independent living, practical services, sports and recreation and therapeutic riding. Find out more about these grants:

Institutes / Conferences

For a complete list of conferences, please visit the Conferences section of our Web site.

World Congress and Exposition on Disabilities Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dec 1-3, 2005

Perspectives on Employment of Persons with Disabilities Conference

Bethesda, MD: December 7-9, 2005

This conference offers new and updated information for federal managers on issues such as personnel policies and practices, laws and regulations, technology and the resources that will enable federal agencies to achieve their goals.

If you have questions about registration, please contact: Isabelle Howes at the Graduate School, USDA, voice or TTY (202) 314-4713, Fax (202) 479-6801, e-mail:

White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Thursday, December 8, 2005, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit to register online. We strongly encourage you to register online. If you are unable to register online, print the registration form attached to this email. Complete the form and fax it to 703-299-4589 or 703-706-0476. Please register by Friday, December 2.

Attend the National Conference on Disability Inclusion and National Service

December 8 - 10, 2005. Get the latest information at Online registration is available now! Registration link:

43rd Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America

New Orleans, USA: March 1-4, 2006

California State University Northridge’s 21st Annual International Conference “Technology and Persons with Disabilities”

March 20-25, 2006: Los Angeles, CA

This is a comprehensive, international conference, where all technologies across all ages; disabilities; levels of education and training; employment; and independent living are addressed. It is the largest conference of its kind!

2006 Geographic Solutions User Conference Early Bird Registration

Schedule: General sessions will be held on May 23rd. Parallel workshops will be held May 24 - 25. There will be pre-conference training sessions offered on May 22nd, and guests will have an opportunity to visit with Geographic Solutions’ staff on May 26th.

Call for Presenters: If you are interested in presenting, or would like to suggest a topic, please contact Deane Toler at 831-757-4400 or

Early Bird Registration: If you plan on attending this event but have not yet registered, you can do so on the Web at Registration before December 31, 2005 is just $395, a savings of $50 off the standard registration fee of $445.00.

2006 Society for Disability Studies Conference Call for Papers

Society for Disability Studies 19th Annual Conference
Disability Goes Public: Re-Imagining Policy/Protest/Possibilities June 14th 17th, 2006
Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2005. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by February 15, 2005. All abstracts will be fully reviewed and scheduled by the 2005 SDS Program Committee: Because SDS cannot accept all of the many excellent submissions it receives, we ask those whose applications are chosen to commit to registering for the conference. Cancellations, particularly at the last minute, deny others the chance to share in their work. Please submit proposals electronically using the form on the SDS website, emailing to: Susan Magasi at or, and Joy Hammel at or

The full Call for Papers & Submission Forms are Available at the Society for Disability Studies Web Site:

Caregivers, Essential Partners in Care Conference

Toronto, Canada: June 16 - 19, 2007

This conference will examine caregiver issues in areas such as respite, access to community care services, supportive employment options and income security. URL:

AHEAD 2006 Conference: Charting the Course for Change

San Diego, California: July 18-22, 2006

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.

APA Convention

New Orleans: August 10 13, 2006

The APA Board of Directors has announced their unanimous decision to keep APA’s 2006 annual meeting in New Orleans, August 10 13, 2006. This decision was based on health reports and APA’s own site visit confirming that necessary services can be provided.

The Web site for submissions is The deadline is coming up fast, December 2. Dates of the conference 10-13 august 2006.

Research / Publications

Special Issue of the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (IJDDE)

Topic: “Illuminating the Black Box of School Reform to Improve Outcomes for All Students”
To be published: Volume 54, Issue 1, March 2007
Guest Editors: Dennis McDougall and Claude Goldenberg

Guidelines for Submission: Authors should submit manuscripts via mail or e-mail. Each manuscript should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words, word- processed in English, and conform to guidelines of the 5th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001). The Guest Editors welcome queries from potential authors prior to manuscript submission. IJDDE is a peer-reviewed journal and thus every article included in this special issue will go through the customary peer review process before publication.

Submission Deadline for Manuscripts: 15 May, 2006. Please send manuscripts via mail or e-mail, or request of further details to: Dennis McDougall, Guest Editor, 124 Wist Hall, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA,

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