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NTAC e.News — January 15, 2006

Asian Words of Wisdom

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.

-Okakura Kakuzo

Announcements: Local

Aloha, and Happy New Year from all of us at NTAC-AAPI!

This upcoming year looks to be exciting, as our calendar is already filling up with conferences, meetings, and other events.

On January 9th, NTAC-AAPI began its second offering of the “Introduction to Disability/Rehabilitation with Asian/Pacific Islander Americans” online course, with Dr. Paul Leung and Dr. Nan Zhang Hampton. Registration is well underway for the PacRim 2006 conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort on March 13-15, 2006. On March 16th, Post-PacRim, NTAC-AAPI will participate as part of an institute on “Next Steps to Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education,” funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education. NTAC-AAPI plans to offer disability awareness and equal employment policy training in conjunction with the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) 21st Annual Congressional Seminar, to be held in Honolulu on May 8-12, 2006. We’re going to be busy! We hope you will join us for these and other inspiring events. If you would like to make an announcement or make news contributions to the next issue, please contact the NTAC-AAPI e-news editor at

New! Online Course Filled to Capacity

Thirty two (32) students have registered and are currently taking the second online Asian American/Pacific Islanders culture, disability and rehabilitation course conducted by Paul Leung, Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions department at the University of North Texas and Nan Zhang Hampton, Associate Professor of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University. The course is worth ten Continuing Education Units provided by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) so reserve your space in the third offering by sending your interest to

New! Upcoming Workshop

The Clear Path Program in Phoenix, Arizona, is going to hold a workshop on “Asian American and Pacific Islanders Experience: Disability, Wellness and Employment Barriers” on March 8, 2006. Clear Path is currently recruiting speakers for the workshop, which is funded as part of the sub-contract that AAPI-NTAC awarded to Clear Path. If you would like to participate, please contact Romeo Rabusa, Clear Path Resource Coordinator, at Stay posted for further details on the workshop!

New! Employers

Congratulations to Bender Consulting Services of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Central Washington University of Ellensburg, WA, 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

NTAC-AAPI recognizes the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NTAC-AAPI recognizes the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom we commemorate on January 16, 2006:

In living tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we as a community will continue to dedicate ourselves to achieving victory, because his legacy of leadership, our pride in our nation’s highest ideals, and our united destiny require that we do absolutely nothing less...

From a Statement by the Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Monday, January 16, 2006.

The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts & Culture, April 20-30, 2006

Bodies of Work is a dynamic, 10-day, citywide festival featuring visual and performing arts that explore disability issues and showcase the work of artists with disabilities. Enjoy theatrical performances, dance, literature, poetry, spoken word, film, visual art exhibitions, educational programs and more. Visit the festival website at for more information.

MIUSA is Accepting Applications

MIUSA is currently accepting applications from young people with disabilities to take part in an international exchange program in summer 2006 to Tokyo, Japan, entitled the US/Japan: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Disability Leadership and Volunteerism Exchange Program. For more information, please visit our website at Application materials are available in alternative formats upon request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jena Price, Program Coordinator, International Exchange Programs, directly at or by Tel/TTY at (541) 343-1284.

U.S. Department of Education: Technical Assistance Center on Evidence-Based Practices To Improve Early Literacy and Language Development of Young Children With Disabilities

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006. This program promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities by supporting technical assistance, model demonstration projects, dissemination of useful information, and implementation activities that are supported by scientifically based research. For information, see the announcement at

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service announces the availability of grant funds and requests applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) for fiscal year (FY) 2006. To find out more, see

Positions Available

Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator 3—Bureau Director

This executive level position leads the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired and is located at our Central office in Columbus. For complete information about the opportunity, the application process and to apply online, for more info, visit

Deputy Director 2—Public Information Manager

This position is located at our Central office in Columbus. For complete information about the opportunity, the application process and to apply online,

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.

American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA)

Professionals networking for excellence in service delivery with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Comprehensive site providing information on deafness and communication disorders.

Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments

Video presentation and publication featuring computer technology for people with visual and hearing impairments.

Disabilities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources

Inclusion in science education for students with disabilities.

Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments

Video presentation and publication featuring computer access technology for people with mobility impairments.

Institutes / Conferences

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

Technology, Reading and Learning Difficulties

24th Annual International Conference, January 26-28, 2006, Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center. Who will be attending TRLD? TRLD attendees include administrators, classroom teachers, reading or learning specialists, adult literacy instructors and more. These attendees come to TRLD from school districts, colleges, libraries and others.

To Contact Us call 888.594.1249 or email or

National Health Policy Conference

Dates: Wednesday, February 6-7, Location: Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

Each year at the policy conference, leading experts from the Administration, Congress, Academia, and the health industry come together to share their insight into the key health care issues confronting policymakers and provide a health policy scan of the year ahead. For more information visit

16th Annual Conference On State Mental Health Agency Services Research,Program Evaluation and Policy

Dates: February 12-14, 2006, Location: Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

In the President’s New Freedom Commission Report, the Commission recommends transforming how mental health care is delivered. System transformation is needed at many levels including individual consumers, mental health practitioners, service programs, provider agencies, public and private systems, and national levels. The methods used to achieve transformation at each level are different, yet the goals remain the same. The primary goal in a transformed system of care is that consumers can achieve recovery and resilience from mental illness. For more information visit

AAGP Annual Meeting

Dates: March 10-13, 2006, Location: 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

Next Steps to Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education

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.

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

First Annual Report to the President on Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness

The First Annual Report to the President on Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness was recently released by the Department of Homeland Security. Information about Federal research on emergency preparedness and disabilities is included in the report. It offers one recommendation related to coordination of research: Coordinate evidence-based Federal research into the effectiveness of audio, visual, and/or tactile protocols and technologies related to emergency preparedness, alerting, warning and response for individuals with disabilities. For more info, please visit,

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