National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI)
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NTAC e.News — March 15, 2006
Hawaiian words of wisdom
He kehau ho‘oma‘ema‘e ke aloha
Translation: Love is like a cleansing dew.
New! Pac Rim 2006 a Success & Two Post-Conference Events Begin!
The 22nd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities is ending. The conference, held March 13-15, 2006 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawai'i has been tremendously successful this year, with over 1000 registered participants. Presentations were given by NTAC staff, subcontractors, and numerous other experts in their respective fields. It has truly been an opportunity for East to meet West as many outreach strategies for assisting AAPI with disabilities were developed. Please go to http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/ to see what a wonderful conference we had and consider joining us for the 23rd Annual Conference, tentatively scheduled for March of 2007.
On March 16th and 17th, NTAC-AAPI will cosponsor “The 2006 Hire Abilities—Hawaii Employment Summit: Expanding Workforce Pathways For People with Disabilities and the Teaching All Students, Reaching All Learners: Innovative Ways to Address Disability and Other Forms of Diversity in the Postsecondary Classroom”—two 2006 Pacific Rim Post Conference events to be held at the same hotel.
Disability Leadership Institute: Registration Now Open!
NTAC-AAPI is proud to sponsor the Disability Leadership Institute on May 8, 2006 at the TAPA Conference Room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa in Honolulu, HI. Opening Remarks by Dr. Robert A. Stodden, Principal Investigator, NTAC-AAPI are planned with potential Keynote Speeches from Senator Daniel Inouye, Olegario Cantos VII, Elaine Chao, John Hager, and other notable representatives from national, local (Hawaii), and Pacific Region areas. At the Institute, we will share the best practices, employment success stories, and tools developed by NTAC-AAPI over the past four years and develop an action plan to continue NTAC-AAPI’s mission beyond the current project period ending in September, 2006. To register online, go to: http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu/. Participants must be registered with a $25 Registration fee by April 7 (Late registration will cost an additional $10). Complete the registration form and submit it to: Joeun Ham at email@example.com or fax it to her at 808-956-7878.
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 http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu/products/products.htm 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 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 James.Brightman@cds.hawaii.edu; phone number: (808) 956-4585. If we publish the story, we can offer a $400 honorarium. Please visit http://www.ntac.hawaii.edu/employ_success_stories/success.htm for suggested outlines.
Announcements: National and International
Serving Children with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents in Private Schools
An online resource from the U.S. Department of Education designed to help school district officials and parents understand how the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides for students with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private elementary schools and secondary schools. Click here to download.
Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) Extranet
EARN has released their new Extranet that allows members to directly post, view and search jobs. Employers who sign up for this free service can now go to the Extranet to post and edit their job announcements. Professionals working with job seekers with disabilities that are signed up with EARN can also use the Extranet to search job postings by occupation type and location. http://www.earnworks.com/extranet.htm
National ADA Symposium & EXPO
The National ADA Symposium offers training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability laws. This year’s conference is being held April 10-12, 2006. http://www.adasymposium.org/
Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Encourages Companies, Non-profits, Others to Apply for 2006 New Freedom Initiative Awards
March 2, 2006 news release from the Department of Labor regarding the 2006 New Freedom Initiative (NFI) Awards, which honor non-profits, small businesses, corporations and individuals that have demonstrated exemplary and innovative efforts to improve the employment and workplace environment of people with disabilities. The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 31. Click here for the press release.
Secretary’s Internship Program at the U.S. Department of Labor
The DEADLINE for applications for the summer program has been EXTENDED to March 17, 2006. For more information about the program and the application process, please visit http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/internprogram.htm or contact the internship coordinator, Melissa Naudin, at (202) 693-6000.
Search For Jobs Online
Search federal jobs at https://www.avuedigitalservices.com/. “Avue Central is a federal employment service provided absolutely free to the public. It’s the fastest and easiest way to find and apply for federal employment. Avue Central offers completely private, safe, and secure access to thousands of federal jobs worldwide.”
For a complete list of NTAC products, please visit the Products section of our Web site.
From Independent Living Research Utilization at TIRR March 08, 2006:
Expert Q&A—Everyday Living with SCI RRTC on SCI: Promoting Health & Preventing Complications through Exercise (A project of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Collaboration with ILRU a program of TIRR)
The Experts are in...and they are ready to answer your questions about daily living with a spinal cord injury (SCI).
Brenda Gilmore is a former nationally-ranked (#2) wheelchair tennis player and is the SCI Life Consultant/Educator for the RRTC on SCI at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. Russ Holt is the RRTC Peer Mentor Advisor and created disabilityguide.org, an online disability information resource for the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Between them both, they have over 45 year’s of experience living, working, and being physically active with a SCI.
Some newly-injured individuals with a SCI assume they can no longer participate in a sport or activity just because they can’t walk. Others may find it difficult to get back into the work force, or know even what kind of car they could drive. Brenda and Russ can help you answer some of those questions that you might have about non-medical issues and living with a SCI everyday. They aren’t doctors or therapists, but they've lived successfully with their SCI for many years, can relate to you and your injury, and can help answer some of those questions that you may not ask your doctor.
Some possible questions you might want to ask Brenda and Russ include:
Please submit your questions ILRU at TIRR (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 31, 2006. Brenda and Russ’s responses will be posted on the RRTC on SCI and ILRU at TIRR Web sites: http://www.sci-health.org & http://www.ilru.org/html/projects/SCI/index.htm.
Message distributed to American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center list at the request of Julie Clay, by:
Diana Spas, Information Coordinator
Institutes / Conferences
For a complete list of conferences, please visit the Conferences section of our Web site.
Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Briefing
March 16, 2006: 2:00-4:00pm
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
21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
March 20-25, 2006: Los Angeles, CA
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
YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network
May 1-5, 2006: New York, NY
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)
June 29th to July 1st 2006: Honolulu, HI
Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference
August 3-6, 2006: Washington D.C.
Disability Issues Caucus of National Communication Association
November 6, 2006: San Antonio, TX
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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