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 – March 1, 2005
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NTAC-AAPI Activities


NTAC-AAPIs Hire.Us Program
Congratulations to Tonis Epel, Antonio Segura, and Christine Firkins for registering and becoming a part of our Hire.Us Employee database!  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.


Become an NTAC-AAPI mentor today!  
Despite passage of numerous laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), people with disabilities continue to be unemployed and under-employed at staggering rates.  Mentoring is one concrete way to promote the employment of people with disabilities and develop lasting relationships in your community.  By bringing employers and people with disabilities together, we can help break down employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities and increase the confidence of persons with disabilities to secure gainful employment.


Multicultural Competence Online Course in Development Stage

NTAC-AAPI is in the developmental stage of creating a credit online course about Multicultural Competence in Working with AAPIs with disabilities.  It is planned to be a web-based, graduate-level distance-learning course offered through the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii.  It will be open to interested VR counselors, community rehabilitation providers, and educators who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  We would like to assess the demand for this type of course offering.  If you or members of your organization might be interested in enrolling in this prospective course, please email Christine Su at, with an enrollment estimate.  If you would like additional information on the course as it progresses, please include your full name and contact information as well.  Thank you!


Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) - Ongoing!

Want hands-on experience in a career of your choice for a day? NTAC-AAPI will match you with a mentor in a career you would like to pursue.  Our last DMD day was a great success where 16 mentees were mentored by the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii Film Studios, Senator Arakaki's office, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, KKEA, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Design Systems, VSA arts of Hawaii Artsplace, The Hawaii State Department of Health, and the Castle Medical Center.  In addition, Mayor Jeremy Harris issued NTAC-AAPI and DMD local coordinators a proclamation acknowledging the efforts and participation of all parties involved.  For information on future Disability Mentoring Days please contact Amy Nawatani, Training Coordinator at 808-956-0947 or email at


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, or for more information please contact Amy Nawatani, Training Coordinator, at or 808-956-0947, TTY 808-956-2890.


NTAC-AAPI Subcontractor Activities

Brain Respiration Festival: “Creating a Peaceful Brain” – March 26, 2005

Includes BR Video, Power Brain Dance and Partner Do In, Report of Results of Maryknoll Pilot Study and Presentation of the BR Vision for Hawaii, Presentation of the “Healing Family Program”, BR Kids Demonstration, BR Instructor’s Demonstration, Demonstration of Master,  and BR Workshop. To register or for more information, call 942-0003.


National & International


On November 1, 2004, VSA arts Hawai’i-Pacific launched its Hilo Hui classes in partnership with the Hilo Community School for Adults.  The Hilo Hui group was blessed to get donated space at the beautifully situated Puna Hongwangji located in Kea’au on the island of Hawai’i through the support of Minister Earl Ikeda, a noted Okinawan dance master in his own right, and strong supporter of building community through the arts.


Attention Parents and Educators of Gifted and Talented Children
Looking for resources to help guide you and your gifted/talented child? *  Parent Support Groups  * Information and Access to Leading Resources Regarding the Gifted and Talented * Seminars and Conferences *  Learning Labs and Summer Programs for Gifted/Talented Students. The Hawaii Gifted Association can be all that and more!  I am reorganizing the Hawaii Gifted Association, and I want to hear from parents who can help! Volunteers Needed to Help Organize a Successful Program: Identify resources, Set up parent support groups, Get the word out to prospective parents and educators. Even if you can’t volunteer, please contact me. I need to hear how parents and educators will most benefit from a gifted association. Please send me your ideas, input, advice, possible contacts of people who can help, or any other information that you think may be useful.
Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing from you. Janet Hendel Shores, 808-261-6292 (home), 808-721-8944 (cell),

National Council on Disability to Conduct Hawaii Meeting
The National Council on Disability (NCD) will conduct its next quarterly board meeting March 9-11, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii. The agenda includes Reports from the Chairperson and the Executive Director; Team Reports; Panel Discussion on Natural Disasters and Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities; Panel Discussion on Outdoor Activities for People with Disabilities; and a Joint Session with the Hawaii Disability and Communications Access Board with a Briefing on Consumer- Directed Health Care and Olmstead Implementation. This meeting is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Mark Quigley at 202-272-2004 or 202-272-2074 TTY.


Books transform people - BookCrafter transforms books!
Synthesized text-to-speech is nothing new. BookCrafter goes beyond present technologies while costing far less. Not only does it slash book production costs to pennies a page, but the system retains and converts everything on a printed page into an exact rendition of the originalųpictures, colors, graphs, reversed type and more. Please note, we will be presenting a BookCrafter Publishing Suite paper at the CSUN Conference in Los Angeles, March 17th at 9:45. Individual presentations and demonstrations will be available by appointment. Contact: Larry Tingley, COO Colligo Corp,, 360 647-3404


Wishing for self-management

You might wonder how he does it. Manitoban Steven Fletcher is Canada's first quadriplegic MP and Conservative health critic. He's a big guy in a big wheelchair with a big job to do – who I don't think can brush his own teeth.

Summer 2005 Internship
CSD offers unique and diverse opportunities for undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates and graduate/professional students. The summer internship program is recognized nationally and has special appeal for those who wish to combine academic study with practical application and experience.

Supported Employment -- Web-Based Certificate Series - Start Date May 9, 2005
After taking this certificate series, participants will be able to: Discuss the federal policy and historical overview of supported employment; describe the process for designing and implementing an organizational marketing plan; define the components of a customer profile to include situational assessments, community assessments, vocational evaluations, and functional resumes; Illustrate an understanding of job development for career paths by developing a job search plan for a potential supported employment customer; match a customer's strengths with the prospective employer's business needs; discuss the various job-site training strategies (e.g., natural cues, workplace supports, compensatory strategies, instructional strategies, assistive technology) and their applications; define the features of a high quality long-term support plan; describe the various alternative funding sources for supported employment.


Tuesday, May 3, 2005 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10:00 Central, 9:00 Mountain, 8:00 Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT: Accessible Portable Playback Devices

There are hundreds of brands and models of portable playback devices on the market for listening to digital audio books, music, and other types of content. Which ones score high in terms of their accessibility to individuals who happen to be blind or visually challenged? This session will help you make a more informed purchase decision. Facilitated by Tom Peters.


The Phenomena of Displacement – India

Preeti Singh has traveled extensively in India photographing issues ranging from environmental degradation, health and education in rural areas, status of fringe tribes and communities to the effects of urbanistion on vulnerable groups. She works from Delhi and Mumbai. You may contact her by email at or by telephone at 91-22-22804842.


8th Biennial National Conference of Deaf Seniors of America - August 31-September 4, 2005

Conference sessions will cover the most current issues and interests facing Deaf Senior Citizens today and in the immediate future. This is an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to showcase and network their products and services at display hours arranged to encourage attendance at all the booths. If you would be interested in exhibiting at the SF2005 DSA Conference, please request an Application and Contract for Exhibit Space. Return it as soon as is feasible with savings for earlier commitments. Booths will reserved on a first come basis. Checks payable to BACDSC/SF2005 DSA Conference; VISA or MasterCard will be accepted. Contact: Larry Obray, Chair, 17740 Crother Hills Road, Meadow Vista CA 95722-9421, TTY/FAX: 530.878.3941 – Check out our website,, then click SF2005 DSA for menu, click on Exhibitor

Inquiry Form and fill out for more information.


Origins of APA Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Much like Black History and Women's History celebrations, APA Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill.







Department of Family and Child Studies

Gallaudet University serves deaf and hard of hearing students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body. The Department of Family and Child Studies seeks candidates for a full-time tenure track faculty position for the 2005-2006 academic year. ease send a letter of application clearly outlining your fit with the job description and requirements and your personal and/or academic connection to diverse communities. In addition to this letter, please send your vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts , Sciences, and Technologies, 150 Hall Memorial Building, Kendall Green, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington , DC 20002


Director of STRIDE

Wayne State College invites applications for the position of Director of STRIDE. This position is responsible for the development, management and evaluation of federally funded student support service projects. Qualified candidates should forward a completed application and EEO form (available at under Employment Opportunities); a resume’ and cover letter; and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three current references to: Director of Human Resources, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787


National Deaf Academy

National Deaf Academy offers a wide range of employment opportunities in both Deafness and mental health, without regard to age, gender, race or religion. Though we actively seek individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language, many of our current employees have developed fluency both on the job and through classes available on campus.


Student Disability Services Coordinator
The Coordinator of Student Disability Services will coordinate services and activities which promote uniform accessibility to students with disabilities on all campuses in compliance with ADA/405; determine appropriate academic accommodations for individuals with disabilities; facilitate the provision of accommodations by faculty and staff; and work cooperatively with Drake’s Facility Services to ensure campus accessibility. The Student Disability Services Coordinator is also responsible for developing and implementing academic assistance specific to disability areas and for mediating disability disputes and creating action plans for resolution. Send letter of application and professional vita to: Vice Provost Wanda E. Everage, Search Chair, Office of the Provost, Drake University, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311


Director of Accessibility Services – deadline March 26, 2005

This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Services and is responsible for directing and managing the activities and operations of the Accessibility Services functions of the University as well as developing, implementing and maintaining programs that enhance the successful retention and campus experience of students with disabilities. All applications must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format to Ms. Sandra Barela, Search Coordinator, at Please indicate requisition number M41103 and job title on your letter of application.








The aDesigner is a disability simulator that helps Web designers ensure that their pages are accessible and usable by the visually impaired. Voice browsers and screen readers read aloud the text on Web pages and are used by visually impaired people. However, these devices are less effective with certain kinds of content, such as highly graphical material. Web developers can use aDesigner to test the accessibility and usability of Web pages for low-vision and blind people.


Asia-Pacific Network

Asia-Pacific Network provides independent journalism on social, political, environmental, media and development issues in the Asia-Pacific region.


Web Accessibility Visualizer

The Web Accessibility Analyzer is a tool designed to educate people about accessibilitiy problems on the web. It will let you analyze pages on the web and you will see for yourself how accessible each is.


Asia Society

The Asia Society is America's leading institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific. Through art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, seminars and conferences, publications and assistance to the media, and materials and programs for students and teachers, the Asia Society presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asia to the American people.




The 2005 Mobility Planning Services Institute - March 5 – 8, 2005

Washington, DC

The MPS Institute gives your community team of disability and transportation industry leaders the opportunity to obtain information and strategies from industry experts in order to develop comprehensive community action plans to improve local transportation services.


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.


2005 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI) - March 11-13, 2005

The purpose of the Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute (JLTLI) is to improve the quality of programming and services to blind and visually impaired children, adults, and their families. The Institute is designed to provide a forum in which leadership personnel and emerging leaders from the blindness field can come together to increase and share their knowledge and expertise.


The 10th National/3rd International Conference on Abuse of Children & Adults with Disabilities - March 14-16, 2005

Riverside, CA
Hosted by Arc Riverside, the Only Ongoing Conference on abuse and other crimes against children, adults and seniors with disabilities brings you up-to-date and provides basic information for those new to the field. Please register early to get the best rate. The Internet Discount fee is $265 until March 1, 2005, and $340 after that date. All others: Early Registration is $275 through February 11, 2005, and $350 after that date. Pay online by credit card for the best rates. CEUs are also available! Register online at:


CSUN's 20th Annual International Conference "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" - March 14-19, 2005

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.


10th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children - March 15–19, 2005

Dallas, Texas

The examination for the American Board of Audiology Board Certification in Audiology with a Specialty in Cochlear Implants will given Saturday, March 19 immediately following the symposium.


NATIONAL DEAF ACADEMY'S 2005 CONFERENCE - BEYOND THE BANDAGE: Practical Approaches to Addressing Mental  Health and Behavioral Issues in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classroom - March 16-18, 2005

Lake Buena Vista, FL

This conference is open to Deafness professionals and Mental Health professionals who strive to provide quality services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities internationally. This landmark international event, located at the world renowned Hilton at the Walt Disney Resort, will unite diverse professional and community groups committed to ethical, effective and compassionate services in the area of mental health and Deafness.


NCRC Annual Conference – March 16-19, 2005.

Washington, DC

The largest gatherings of economic justice proponents and supporters of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) as a tool for economic development, these conferences typically draw over 500 participants from the U.S. and abroad. They are widely acknowledged for their presentation of cutting-edge ideas and information on the hottest topics – such as predatory lending and "globalization" of the financial industry. For more on NCRC’s upcoming Annual Conference call Larry Broadwell at 202/628-8866 or email


Anxiety Disorders Associaltion of America (ADAA) 25th Annual Conference - March 17–20, 2005

Seattle, Washington

The ADAA Annual Conference is the only conference devoted exclusively to anxiety disorders. It provides education for health care professionals, individuals with anxiety disorders and their families, and the media about the nature and management of anxiety disorders.


Performance Measurement for Government - March 22-24, 2005
Washington, DC
At this conference, you will hear proven strategies and practical experiences, firsthand, from leading agencies and practitioners like yourself, on how to improve your management initiatives and practices as stated in the President's Management Agenda. For more information or to reserve your space: 888-362-7400 or 312-362-9100.


2005 China - International Education and Culture Tour – March 29-31, 2005

Beijing, China

The 3-day Programme offers you great opportunities for developing your education business in China through the meetings with officials of Beijing Municipal UNESCO Clubs Association, school leaders and potential international students. Besides you can gain the knowledge of international student placement policy in China, your programme information will be hosted in the national website



NASP 2005 Annual Convention: Achieving Better Outcomes for Children - March 29-April 2, 2005

Atlanta, Georgia

The NASP 2005 Annual Convention, the world's largest, most important gathering of school psychologists, offers you professional excellence at its best.


Convention 2005: American Academy of Audiology - March 30-April 2, 2005

Washington, DC, United States

Convention 2005 is the world's largest gathering of Audiologists, and it brings together Audiology professionals and industry suppliers for three days of innovative educational and research sessions, a technology filled exhibit hall and an unparalleled opportunity for networking with your peers.

Unite For Sight Second Annual International Health Conference: "Eyes on International Collaboration: Promoting Health From Campus to Lab to Field" - April 2-3, 2005
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Unite For Sight empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.

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.


2004 Career Expo for People with Disabilities – April 8, 2004

New York City, NY

Offers bonus distribution of Equal Opportunity Publication's (EOP) career-guidance/recruitment magazines for the diversified workforce. These job expos are wonderful opportunities for job-seekers and recruiters to meet face to face.


5th annual Multiple Perspectives Conference: Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion And Disability - April 11–13, 2005

Columbus, Ohio

The workshops are designed to bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. To ensure broad participation from the university community, business, state and local government, educators, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, and individuals with disabilities sponsors are sought each year to subsidize conference participants.


Partnering with Economic Development: Creating the Workforce Advantage - April 12, 2005

Workforce development is one increasingly important element of a comprehensive community economic development strategy. Today, the communities that have workers with the right skills and work ethic have a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses. Workforce Boards have a critical role in developing the skills of employed, unemployed, and emerging workers in order to attract new businesses and to retain and expand the businesses you already have. This session will show you how to build meaningful partnerships for economic development; help you decide which industry clusters you should target for maximum economic impact; and provide benchmarks and examples of how to convert your program operations into a demand-driven system for economic growth.


AT the EDGE 2005 Conference - April 14-15, 2005

Edmonton, Alberta

AT the EDGE 2005… will showcase assistive technology use by all disability and age groups within education, lifelong learning, employment, and recreation. The conference will be of interest to people who have disabilities, families, special educators, rehabilitation professionals, administrators, service/care providers, government officials, and hardware/software developers.

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.

Annual Pathways - Learning Disabilities Conference - May 5-6, 2005

Sudbury, Ontario

For parents, educators, and high school students at Cambrian College. This year, we are pleased to add an additional PRE-CONFERENCE day that is specifically designed for learning strategists, assistive technologists, special education teachers, and educational assistants!


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.


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,



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

The 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.


CHHA Conference 2005 - Natural Sounds - June 2 -4, 2005

Kelowna, British Columbia

A variety of booths representing the many areas that affect the everyday lives of hard of hearing people including displaying and demonstrating the latest technology to improve the lives of hard of hearing Canadians.


CollaborativeAssistive Technology Conference - June 9 -11, 2005

Westin 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.


Deaf Women & HIV/AIDS in Africa: No Time to Wait - June 10-12, 2005

Washington, DC

The Deaf Women and HIV/AIDS in Africa conference is open to anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of issues related to overcoming obstacles to identifying, communicating with and treating deaf women in Africa who have HIV or AIDS. Through a series of presentations, roundtable discussions and exhibits, participants will heighten awareness of the plight of deaf women in Africa with HIV or AIDS and acquire the information tools necessary to bring about change.


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.


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.



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.


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.


ISEC 2005 - August 1-4 2005

Glasgow, Scotland

This prestigious international conference “Inclusion: Celebrating Diversity” is being organised by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with the National Association for Special Educational Needs.  For further information please contact Lucy Alder by e-mail at the Professional Development Unit [PDU], Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde, email address


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.


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.


Deaf Seniors of America 2005 Conference: Computer Classes August 30-31, 2005

Puzzled about using e-mail or surfing the WWW? Come to DCARA’s computer lab and learn!


8th Biennial National Conference of Deaf Seniors of America - August 31-September 4, 2005

San Francisco, CA

Conference sessions will cover the most current issues and interests facing Deaf Senior Citizens today and in the immediate future. This is an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to showcase and network their products and services at display hours arranged to encourage attendance at all the booths.


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.


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.




Expanding Employment Opportunities: Independent Living Center Employment Services and Collaboration with Vocational Rehabilitation

Public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and Independent Living Centers (ILCs) both operate to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. ILCs began in the 1970s as a means to provide skills that would improve the chance for life outside of institutions for individuals whose disabilities were so severe as to prohibit employment. Although employment is not a core service for Independent Living Centers, it is one, which has increasingly become part of their range of services.


New FCC Rulings Expand VRS Consumer Rights

If you use video relay services (VRS), you have certain rights! On January 26, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released public documents that make clear that video relay providers may no longer use certain marketing and call handling practices to try to get your business.


It's All About Access

When Randy Hayhurst woke up from his coma, his world had gone dark. The middle-aged salesman doesn't remember the instant his life changed forever, but the doctors at Harborview Medical Center filled him in on the details. Coming off a Seattle freeway on a rainy day, he was unable to stop his car before it hit the pickup truck in front of him.


Japan's leprosy policy denounced

An inquiry into Japan's treatment of thousands of leprosy sufferers has concluded that the government committed an unprecedented abuse of human rights. A panel was set up in 2002 to look into why leprosy patients were quarantined up to 1996, despite the fact the disease is not highly contagious. It found that the health ministry kept up the practice of isolation partly to secure continued funding. The panel noted other countries stopped isolating leprosy patients in the 60s.


US Chamber of Commerce: New Publications

The following publications were developed from a series of webcasts hosted by CWP. These series of webcasts, titled Untapped Resources in Today's Economy, focused on the economic advantages of employing non-traditional populations -- people with disabilities, people transitioning from welfare, and dislocated workers.


Mind Over Machines: Brain-machine interfaces help locked-in patients communicate and quadriplegics control their world
Imagine controlling a computer with just your mind. It sounds like a frivolous and futuristic convenience, but such technology could provide disabled or "locked in" patients the ability to communicate and gain control over their environments. A number of companies and researchers are developing these so-called brain-machine interfaces (BMIs, also called brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs), and though the technology is in its infancy, progress has been made.


Disability rights: Justice Shah wants Act to be amended

The government babus often tend to believe that their responsibilities towards disabled persons end with the construction of a ramp at the entrance of a public building. However, the issue of rights of disabled is not just limited to constructing rams and introducing a few low floor buses in the public transport bus fleet.


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