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NTAC e.News — February 15, 2006

Asian Words of Wisdom

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.


Announcements: Local

NEW! Save the Date!

On Monday May 8th, 2006, “Disability Leadership Institute: Increasing Employment Opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities” will be held in Hawai‘i. This Leadership Institute is being planned in conjunction with the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)’s 21st Annual National Leadership Training Conference during May 8-12, 2006, which will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa. The purpose of the Institute is to share the best practices, employment success stories, and tools developed by NTAC-AAPI over the past four years and to develop action plans to carry out NTAC-AAPI’s mission beyond the current project period ending in September 2006. Invited speakers include Senator Daniel Inouye and Ollie Cantos, Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Please submit your success stories (read below) and make a plan to visit Hawaii in May. More detailed information will be available in the next eNews. In the meantime, please let Richard know at or 808-956-3648 if you are interested in attending. Mahalo!

NEW! Call for Success Stories!

The National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities (NTAC-AAPI) likes to publish the stories of successful AAPI with disabilities. These “Success Stories” are accounts by or of inspirational AAPI with disabilities, who have overcome obstacles and achieved their career goals despite incredibly challenging circumstances. In publishing their stories, NTAC-AAPI seeks to motivate others in similar situations. For examples of Success Stories previously published, please go to and view all editions of Volume 5.

If you are an AAPI with a disability, we invite you to share your story for possible publication. If you are a vocational rehabilitation provider, with your consumer’s permission, we want you to tell us about your AAPI consumers who reached a successful employment outcome. We believe such stories are valuable and want others to use them as a resource. Please tell us the story in approximately 1500 words and send it to ; phone number: (808) 956-4585. If we publish the story, we can offer a $400 honorarium. Please visit for suggested outlines.

NEW! Promising Practice Brief Published!

James D. Brightman, Weol Soon Kim-Rupnow, Ph.D., and Michael D. O’Brien, Ed. D. published a brief to illustrate bilingual support, a promising practice for serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with disabilities identified in a nationwide survey of rehabilitation administrators. To read this brief, please visit:

Announcements: National and International

National Council on Disability (NCD)

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is currently conducting a study that will gather information from a wide range of sources and stakeholders regarding the issues that persons with disabilities encounter in seeking and maintaining employment. Get more information about the NCD online discussion

VSA Arts: Call for Entries

VSA arts seeks works from artists 22 and older who have a physical or mental disability for the juried “Transformation” exhibit scheduled for June in Washington, D.C. Winning artists will receive roundtrip tickets to view their work on display. Details and entry forms at, (202) 628-2800. Deadline is March 24.

National Council on Disability Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee Recruitment

The National Council on Disability (NCD) announced the opening of a nationwide search for at least four new members of its Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee (CDAC). To read more about CDAC, you may wish to access the NCD Web site at: Federal Contracting Update: Implementation of Randolph-Sheppard Act and Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act Pertaining to Military Dining Facilities

March 1, 2006 deadline for comments to assist in identifying appropriate policy solutions for implementation of the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. 107 et seq.) and the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act (41 U.S.C. 46 et seq.) as they pertain to both the operation and management of military dining facilities. More information at

President’s Statement on the New Freedom Initiative

February 1, 2006 statement from the White House regarding the fifth anniversary of the New Freedom Initiative, which builds on the progress of the Americans with Disabilities Act and works to more fully integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of life. Opportunities

Positions Available

Project Manager, California Work Incentives Initiative

The Project Manager serves as a team leader, coordinating activities and partner relationships for: 1) development, testing and maintenance of web based calculator features; 2) Spanish translation products; 3) web site content updates and maintenance: 4) preparation of a written manual describing the processes and partnerships required to establish state-focused information services on disability and work; 5) as well as training, outreach, public policy and technical assistance activities provided to end users of DB101 Information Services.

For full detail, see the job description in word,

Careers & the disABLED New York City Show List 2006

Come register to join us at our Annual Career Expo to meet with Fortune 500 Companies and Government agencies looking to recruit new talent. For more information on the next expo,

Recent Products

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


The links below contain a variety of resources for the learning disabilities community.

Assistive Technology for Farmers—AgrAbility State Projects Information

State by state information for farmers or farmworkers, their families and caregivers on assistive technology and farm site modifications that enable people with the disabilities to remain involved in production agriculture. More

Business Leadership Network (BLN)

Information on local chapters, conferences and other information from business owners on best practices in hiring, retaining and marketing to people with disabilities.

Institutes / Conferences

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

AAGP Annual Meeting

March 10-13, 2006: The Caribe Hilton, San Juan Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry's Annual Meeting will be held this year in Puerto Rico. This conference primarily serves the interests of geriatric and general psychiatrists, geriatricians, primary care physicians, neurologists, and advance practice nurses. To register please visit

Teaching All Students, Reaching All Learners: Innovative Ways to Address Disability and Other Forms of Diversity in the Postsecondary Classroom

March 16th, 2006: Honolulu, HI
For those of you interested in improving outcomes for postsecondary education students with disabilities please register to attend the National Capacity Building Institute to be held on March 16th, 2006. Post Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. To Register: Participants must be registered. Complete the registration form and submit to: Velina Sugiyama at or fax 956-5713. $25 Registration fee.

21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

March 20-25, 2006: Los Angeles, CA
Mark your calendar for March 20-25, 2006. Plan to attend California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities’ 21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, March 20-25, 2006: Los Angeles, CA. This is a comprehensive, international conference, where 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 ADA Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference: “Personal Perspectives & Social Impact: The Stories We Tell”

April 17-18, 2006: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
For more information, go to:

YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network

May 1-5, 2006: New York, NY
YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network will hold its 27th Annual International Conference “Pathways to Success in Developmental and Learning Disabilities: Innovative Programs, Strategies and Policies that Work” on May 1-5, 2006, at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan Hotel, 1605 Broadway, in New York City. For more conference information, visit or contact Dalia Sztulwark at, 212-273-6193 or 212-629-4113 (fax). On-line registration begins in March at

Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)

June 29th to July 1st 2006: Honolulu, HI
The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) will hold its 11th National Conference in Hawai‘i to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Filipino immigration to Hawai‘i. The theme, “Sakadas and Beyond: Connecting Our Past to Inspire the Future.” Call for Papers, Panels & Presentations (Deadline: February 1, 2006). For Conference Proposal Form and guidelines, go to: or contact (206) 322-0203 or (808) 956-9295.

Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference

August 3-6, 2006: Washington D.C.
The Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference and Training is accepting proposals for pre-conference workshop intensives at the 2006 conference to be held August 3-6 in Washington D.C. Pre-conference sessions will be held on Thursday, August 3. Proposals must be submitted to the Kennedy Center Accessibility Program by January 30, 2006. Four to six proposals will be selected by committee, and notification of acceptance will be sent by February 10, 2006. To submit a proposal, please fill out the attached proposal and send it via email to If you have any questions or would like to discuss your ideas for a proposal before submitting, call (202) 416-8727(voice) or (202) 416-8728 (TTY).

Disability Issues Caucus of National Communication Association

November 6, 2006: San Antonio, TX
Call for Papers and Panel Proposals. Disability Issues Caucus, National Communication. Association Annual Meeting: San Antonio, TX Nov 16-19, 2006 Deadline: February 15, 2006 The Disability Issues Caucus invites research papers and program proposals exploring any aspect of issues related to disability and communication, and it especially. Contact: URL:

Research / Publications

Advancing Opportunities: Accommodations Resources for Federal Managers and Employees

Cultivating Leadership: Mentoring Youth with Disabilities

Customized Solutions for Today’s Workforce: The Job Accommodation Network

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