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NTAC e.News — July 15, 2006

Asian Words of Wisdom

If you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.


Announcements: Local

New! Seeking Artists to Collaborate at ArtEnabled!

NTAC-AAPI will have a booth set up at ART ENABLED 2006, a festival celebrating disability and the arts. The event, “Thinking Out Of The Box: What Fun That Can Be!” will be held Friday, July 21st, 2006 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the McCoy Pavilion at the Ala Moana Beach Park. Many successful artists with disabilities will be showing their works/their successes. Special guests will include: Na Leo, Mayor Mufi Hanneman, Kristian Lei, Miss Hawai‘i 2006 Pilialoha Gaison & MANY MORE! NTAC-AAPI encourages you to participate in this meaningful and fun event. For more information about ART ENABLED, which is being co-sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, please contact the event co-directors Brian Kajiyama and Landry Fukunaga at If you are an AAPI artist who would like to participate and show off your artwork at the NTAC booth, please contact

New! Seeking Members to Collaborate at PACRIM 2007

As part of ongoing outreach and education, NTAC-AAPI will be giving presentations at the 23rd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities to be held March 12-14, 2007 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. Now is the time to plan and express your intentions to participate. Registration is now open; please go to to register and to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster presentation. In particular, NTAC-AAPI would like to present employment success stories of AAPI with disabilities. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact Dr. Kim-Rupnow at

Free Continuing Education

The fourth ‘Introduction to Disability/Rehabilitation with Asian/Pacific Islander Americans’ online course is gearing up. NTAC-AAPI will again facilitate this free 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 a wonderful opportunity to further your cultural competency, enhance your counseling abilities, and earn ten Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) in the process. The fourth offering will begin in August of this year. For more information, please see and then reserve your space by sending an email to

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 about 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.

We believe such stories are valuable and want others to use them as a resource. It doesn’t matter who you are, a rehab consumer, service provider, or employer—please share your success story with us in approximately 1500 words and send it to; phone number: (808) 956-3648. If we choose to publish your story, you will receive a $400 honorarium. Please visit for suggested outlines.

Announcements: National and International

National Council on Disability (NCD) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Town Hall Meeting 2006

NCD and its federal partners will host this year’s ADA interactive town hall meeting, which will celebrate the 16th anniversary of ADA. The meeting, which is officially known as “A National Dialogue on the State of Disability,” will be held July 26, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Town Hall Meeting 2006.

Call for Submissions

The Co-Editors of Rehabilitation Education, the flagship journal of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and the NCRE Executive Board, are disseminating this Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of the journal on the topic of International Rehabilitation Education. Dr. Nan Zhang Hampton and Dr. Caren Sax, both of San Diego State University, will serve as Guest Editors of the Special Issue. The special issue on International Rehabilitation Education will be published as Volume 21, Number 4 December, 2007) of the journal.

Download the Call for Submissions [Word format][PDF Format].

Positions Available

Job with AAPD in Washington, DC

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), a national membership organization that advocates for political and economic empowerment for children and adults with disabilities in the U.S., is seeking a program manager who will report to the Senior Director of Policy, Outreach, and Field Activities. The program manager, a new position at AAPD, will be the principal staff person overseeing AAPD’s leadership development and mentoring/career exploration activities a vital part of the organizations mission. The Program Manager will be responsible for developing and expanding the programs to a new and higher level.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 professional references.
Deadline: July 15, 2006
Mail: ATTN: Search Committee Project Manager AAPD 1629 K Street NW, Suite 503 Washington, DC 20006
Submit by Fax or Email:
Fax: 202-457-0473
Email:; Subject Heading: Program Manager, Mentoring and Leadership Programs

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is offering 50 competitive scholarship awards for students with disabilities interested in working in the executive, judicial or legislative branches of the federal government during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 semesters. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Recent Products

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


Scholarship Program for College Students with Disabilities

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is pleased to announce it will continue to help increase employment for students with disabilities through an academic internship program. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, The Washington Center is working to help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable work experience in public service. The Washington Center will complement students’ professional experience with solid academic training for credit from highly qualified instructors. In addition, students will be exposed to community, national and international leaders through workshops, seminars, lectures, embassy visits and networking events held throughout the course of each semester.

Applications are available at: Please contact The Washington Center if you require the application in an alternate format. The application for the scholarship is the same as the regular application.

Institutes / Conferences

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

29th Annual AHEAD Conference and Exhibit Hall

July 17-22, 2006: San Diego, California, USA
The AHEAD 2006 Conference celebrates the 20 year anniversary since our last adventure together in San Diego! Transition and change mark the theme of our Conference; our program reflects the many lenses we use to bridge the transition gap. AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. Learn more about the AHEAD 2006 Conference.

July 18, 2006 ADA Update: 16 Years Later

Join ADA as they mark their 16th Anniversary and celebrate the on-going efforts of the federal agencies to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities. Both the EEOC and DOJ are actively engaged in enforcing the ADA through their efforts to educate as well as through settlement agreements and litigation. Join our Speakers as they provide an update regarding federal initiatives including technical assistance efforts and targeted enforcement activities (e.g. Project Civic Access, etc.)

Speakers: John Wodatch, Chief-Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice and Sharon Rennert, Attorney Advisor, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

CEU Credits: CRC; Time: 2:00-3:30PM EDT; More information can be found here:

Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) Summer Program

The ATACP Summer Program will take place at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta from July 27-30, 2006. This certificate program offers a wide range of practical assistive technology (AT) applications and information. Learn more about this summer program.

US Department of Labor 2006 National Equal Opportunity Conference

August 1-4, 2006: Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Virginia
Contact information: Vicky Best-Morris,, Conference Coordinator at 202-693-6512
This conference is intended as a means by which a recipient’s equal opportunity professionals can maintain and enhance their knowledge, skill, and abilities in order to effectively carry out this responsibilities. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center in collaboration with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies Equal Opportunity Committee, this annual conference will showcase expert insight into the challenges faced as we recommit ourselves to the precepts of equal opportunity. Learn more about the 2006 National Equal Opportunity Conference

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).

DigiGirlz High Tech Camp 2006

Microsoft will be hosting the 6th annual DigiGirlz High Tech Camp: August 14-18, 2006. Their mission is to introduce High School girls to the many career fields offered within the High Tech industry. This is an exciting five-day experience offered to high school girls. During the camp, DigiGirlz have the opportunity to participate in a number of different opportunities including Xbox game testing, Microsoft Studio broadcasting and Product development and marketing.

You must submit a recommendation from your teacher, employer or career counselor and at least a 300 word essay on your interest in becoming a DigiGirl in order to participate. Space is limited so apply early! Learn more about Microsoft’s DigiGirlz camp.

First Ever Conference on Mentoring Youth with Disabilities

Aspire, Achieve, Empower: First National Conference on Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities is quickly approaching. Don’t miss out on attending! For more information and to register, go to:

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about best practices, sustainability, inclusion and much more! The conference will be hosted in Boston on September 13-15, 2006 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy as the lead sponsor.

Customized Employment Webconference Series

One-Stop staff and partners, community rehabilitation providers, job developers, business service representatives and other interested parties are invited to join in on Webconferences taking place from 1:00-2:30 EDT on September 8th and September 14th, 2006. Learn more about this Webconference Series.

Brain Injury: New Science, Best Practices, and Future Innovations

September 22-24, 2006: Jacksonville, FL
Organization: North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS);; Email:

Make plans now to attend the Youth with Disabilities Roundtable!

September 30 & October 1, 2006: Sacramento, CA (immediately prior to NCAI’s Annual Conference)
The National Indian Health Board has partnered with the Indian Health Service and the National Congress of American Indians to hold a roundtable on American Indian/Alaska Native Youth with Disabilities, which is part of the New Freedom Initiative. Through this conference they aim to bring together the four most important groups: the youth, the Tribal governments, the State governments, and the Federal government. Join us on your way to the NCAI 63rd Annual Convention! For more information go to

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:

2006 TASH Conference—Living the Vision Together: Today, Tomorrow, & Beyond

Organization: TASH: Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities
Where: Baltimore, MD
Date: November 8-11, 2006

23rd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities

The Call for Papers for the 23rd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities is now open. You can access the submission page by pointing your browser to The format for the 23rd Annual Pac Rim Conference relies heavily on their Call for Papers. Topical areas are chosen each year based on suggestions from previous conferences, the latest industry trends and community need. Proposals are accepted from all over the world and address best practices and innovation within the specifically chosen topical areas.

Registration is also open for the conference so be sure to take advantage of the special Early Registration Rate offered. Be Sure to Mark Your Calendar! March 12-14, 2007, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit for more details.

Research / Publications

Travel and Disability in latest issue of RDS

View the latest issue of the Review of Disability Studies (RDS) online here. This issue includes a forum on Travel and Disability guest edited by Scott Rains.

Medicaid Eligibility Criteria for Long Term Care Services: Access for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

This public policy issue brief from the Alzheimer’s Association describes functional eligibility issues for people with dementia and discusses how six states determine eligibility for Medicaid-funded long-term care services. Based on an analysis of these states provisions, the paper makes recommendations for appropriately assessing the long-term care needs of people with dementia, and for setting level-of-care criteria that treat people with physical and cognitive impairments equitably.

Medicaid Managed Long Term Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

A growing number of states are turning to managed long-term care in their Medicaid programs for younger adults and elderly people with disabilities, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This issue brief describes how two states, Massachusetts and Wisconsin, have addressed the special needs of beneficiaries with dementia in the design of their programs and makes policy recommendations for states that are considering implementing or modifying programs.

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