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NTAC e.News — May 15, 2006
Asian Words of Wisdom
Keep your thoughts positive,
Disability Leadership Institute: an Entertaining, Informative and Productive Event
On Monday, May 8th, the Disability Leadership Institute was held on the first day of and in conjunction with the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)’s 21st Annual National Leadership Training Conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. A panel of rehabilitation consumers and providers was moderated by James Brightman, NTAC’s VR Coordinator and a panel of employers and employment specialists was moderated by Dr. Christine Su, NTAC’s Employment Coordinator. Amazing keynote speeches were given by Olegario Cantos, Associate Director on Disabilities of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House (by phone), William Hoshijo, Executive Director of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and Filo Tu, COE and President of the Blind Vendors Ohana. Additional cultural and yoga activities, as well as group problem-solving made this an entertaining, informative and productive event which was also broadcast via the Internet to anyone wishing to participate. Online participants were thrilled to be able to participate via the Web and their interactive questions really added to the panel presentations. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) were awarded to participants physically at the conference in Honolulu as well as those watching via the Internet. Moreover, an audio recording of the conference is now online; please go to https://www.elluminate.com/pmtg.jnlp?psid=d292684063.429647 to listen to it. CEUs can still be earned by listening to the entire conference online, responding to discussion questions and completing an evaluation that proves to us you listened to it. Please contact James.Brightman@cds.hawaii.edu if you have questions or wish to listen to the recording.
Announcements: National and International
Nondiscrimination Regulations for the Nation’s Job Training System
These regulations, published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center, provide particular rights to customers, applicants, and employees with disabilities, as well as to people in other protected groups, in the nation’s One-Stop Career Center job training system. Read the regulations.
U.S. Department of Labor Civil Rights Center (CRC)
US DOL’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) enforces the nondiscrimination laws, including disability nondiscrimination laws, that apply to the nation’s job training system. Find information about those laws, tools for compliance assistance, and download forms for filing discrimination complaints.
SBA Announces Grants to Help Small Businesses Become Drug Free
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced that it is seeking proposals from eligible intermediaries and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for grants to help small businesses, both technically and financially, establish drug-free workplace programs and educate working parents on how to keep their children drug free.
SBA expects to award approximately $990,000, broken down into five or six grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 each. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2006, and the anticipated start date is September 30, 2006 for a two-year period. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to apply, read SBA’s 2006 Program Announcement (MS Word document).
Remarks By The President At Celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Presentation of the President’s Volunteer Service Awards
Across our country, Asian Pacific Americans are making their mark in all walks of life, including business and law and politics and education, community service, the arts, and science. Today more Asian Pacific Americans serve in my administration than in any other administration in history, and two of them serve in my Cabinet. (Applause.) And I am delighted to recognize Secretary Elaine Chao and Secretary Norm Mineta, and thank them for their great work for our country. (Applause.) Read the entire speech.
U.S. Census Bureau Press Release: More Than 50 Million Americans Report Some Level of Disability
May 12, 2006, press release from the U.S. Census Bureau indicating that more than 50 million Americans have some level of disability, with 12 percent reporting a severe disability. Read the complete press release here.
The White House Internship Program
The White House Internship Program offers an excellent opportunity to serve our President and explore public service. We are seeking exceptional candidates to apply for this highly competitive program. In addition to normal office duties, interns attend weekly lectures, tours, and complete an intern service project. Interns may serve a term in the Fall, Spring or Summer. All candidates must be at least 18 years of age, hold United States citizenship, and be enrolled in a college or university. Learn more about the White House Internship Program
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U.S. Department of Education Funding Opportunity—State Vocational Rehabilitation Unit In-Service Training
Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006. Application Deadline: May 26, 2006. This program is designed to support projects for training State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency personnel in program areas essential to the effective management of the agency’s program of VR services or in skill areas that will enable personnel to improve their ability to provide VR services leading to employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Learn more about this U.S. Department of Education Funding Opportunity
Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for Disability Case Study Research Consortium
New notice of availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications (SGA) for Disability Case Study Research Consortium on Employer Organizational Practices in Employing People with Disabilities. Learn more about this grant opportunity.
Institutes / Conferences
For a complete list of conferences, please visit the Conferences section of our Web site.
RCI Americans with Disabilities Act Conference
May 19th, 2006: Albuquerque Hilton, NM
Latino Employment Conference: Registration/Scholarship & Hotel Deadlines Extended
May 2006: San Antonio, TX
Services for Independent Living, Inc. (SIL), is pleased to announce two (2) upcoming workshops for employers, human resource professionals, and advocates on the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The first workshop, Rights and Responsibilities in Employment under Title I of the ADA, will be on Tuesday, June 6, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The second workshop, An In-Depth Look: Employer Responsibilities and Reasonable Accommodation, will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held at SIL at 25100 Euclid Avenue, Suite 105, Cleveland, 44117. Seating is limited; registration and payment are required by May 30, 2006
For more information, please contact Laura Gold at SIL at (216) 731-1529 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cynthia Stankiewicz at EEOC at (216) 522-7679, email: Cynthia.Stankiewicz@eeoc.gov. Visit the ADA-Ohio Web site.
EEOC to Hold Employer Roundtable on Emergency Preparedness and People with Disabilities
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to hold Roundtable with Employers on Emergency Preparedness and People with Disabilities on June 7, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Washington D.C. Open to the public. Building security requires I.D. Learn more about this EEOC Roundtable.
2006 Disability Access Conference
June 8 & 9, 2006: Hawaii Convention Center
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)
June 29th to July 1st 2006: Honolulu, HI
29th Annual AHEAD Conference and Exhibit Hall
July 17-22, 2006: San Diego, California, USA
US Department of Labor 2006 National Equal Opportunity Conference
August 1-4, 2006: Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Virginia
Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference
August 3-6, 2006: Washington D.C.
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.
Aspire, Achieve, Empower: First Conference on Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
September 13-15, 2006: Boston, MA
Disability Issues Caucus of National Communication Association
November 6, 2006: San Antonio, TX
Research / Publications
Toward Universal Access in the Workforce Development System
This paper explores the core concepts of “universal service,” which has a very distinct meaning inside the employment and training arena, and that of “universal design” in the context of disability public policy. In addition, this paper urges the adoption of a comprehensive definition of universal access that would apply across all titles of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to all programs and services in the One-Stop system and incorporate elements of universal access, universal service, architectural accessibility, programmatic accessibility, and universal design, as defined in the disability policy arena. Click here to visit the download page.
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