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NTAC e.News — September 1, 2006

Words of wisdom:

People will forget what you say to them,
People will forget what you do for them,
But people will never forget how you make them feel.

Announcements: Local

NEW! NTAC-AAPI will continue to September 2007!

Rehabilitation Service Administration in the U.S. Department of Education granted NTAC-AAPI’s no-cost grant extension to September 30, 2007. Some of the highlights of the activities we will be carried forward and wrap up include:

  1. Complete work initiated with HIRE.US (Hire Interested Ready Employees in the United States) Web-based database to help AAPIs with disabilities connect with job-site mentors or employers;
  2. Complete dissemination activities through a semi-monthly electronic newsletter;
  3. Complete a series of workshops and online courses to VR service providers, consumers, and employers;
  4. Complete the compilation of all products developed and produce a resource CD; and
  5. Complete activities initiated to further sustainability of the successful components of NTAC-AAPI by working with various federal & state government agencies and private funders.

If you would like to collaborate any of the above activities, please contact Dr. Kim-Rupnow at

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Announcements: National and International

Two new reports from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2

The National Center for Special Education at the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) has released two National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 reports. The first is a full report on the results from the direct assessment of secondary-aged youth and can be found here. The second document is a fact sheet on in-school experiences and outcomes for youth with learning disabilities, which can be found here. Both reports can be sought online

2007 Henry B. Betts Award—Nominations Due October 7, 2006

AAPD is now accepting nominations for the 2007 HENRY B. BETTS AWARD. The Henry B. Betts Award program, administered by AAPD, was created by the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1989 to annually honor individuals who have, in the course of their work, helped to lead the societal transformation that is producing dramatically better outcomes and higher expectations for the diverse groups that make up the disability community in the United States and around the world. Typically, one outstanding living individual is selected each year to receive The Henry B. Betts Award with an unrestricted $50,000 cash award at AAPDs annual Leadership Gala in Washington, D.C.

Go to to nominate an individual. Nominations due: Friday, October 7, 2006.

Questions and submissions for the Henry B. Betts Award: Call: 1-800-840-8844 (v/tty), Email:, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Phone: 800-840-8844 (v/tty) or 202-457-0046 (v/tty), Fax: 202-457-0473, Web site:

2007 Paul G. Hearne/AAPD Leadership Award Application

AAPD is now soliciting applications for the 2007 Paul G.Hearne/AAPD Leadership Awards. The Paul G. Hearne/AAPD Leadership Awards program was established to identify and support emerging leaders with disabilities who will carry on the disability rights movement. Administered by AAPD and sponsored by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, the 2007 Paul G. Hearne/AAPD Leadership Awards identifies up to two emerging leaders with disabilities to each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress as leaders. These individuals will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the annual AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC in the spring.

To learn more and to apply visit: Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2006

Questions and submissions for the Paul G. Hearne/AAPD Leadership Awards program: Call: 800-840-8844 (v/tty), Email:, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Phone: 800-840-8844 (v/tty) or 202-457-0046 (v/tty), Fax: 202-457-0473, Web site:

Positions Available

The Honolulu Academy of Arts College Internship Program

The Honolulu Academy of Arts (HAA) and the University of Hawai‘i (UH) College of Education are recruiting college or graduate level interns for the academic year 2006-7 to participate in a field experience program. Those selected will: work for a semester, may receive credit as arranged with the UH College of Education, will receive a stipend based on their hourly participation, as well as gain valuable experience in a museum setting. Participants will manage existing gallery art activities, and develop, implement and evaluate a gallery based art education program targeted to specific age groups such as pre-school, junior high, high school, or college students. These programs will focus on the Academy Collection, galleries and the new Museum Learning Center Art Studio (MLC).

For information contact Betty Lou Williams 956-4415 or Interested candidates should send an application, resume and transcript to:

Betsy Robb, Curator of Education, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814,

Per Diem Program Development Consultant Company Name: ASCD

ASCD, a progressive international education organization, is looking for per diem Program Consultants in large cities and metropolitan areas. Knowledge of school improvement, curriculum and instruction, leadership, teacher professional development and comfort working with district administrators required. Local travel is also required. Must have superior skills in communications and networking. Eight years of professional standing in the K-12 education community preferred. To apply send a cover letter with resume and salary requirements to:

ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311, Email:; Fax: (703) 575 5402,

Recent Products

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


Eight 2006 APHA Conference Scholarships Now Available

AUCD in collaboration with the American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Special Interest Group (Disability SPIG) are excited to announce eight new conference scholarship opportunities open to AUCD Network Trainees to attend the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting from November 4-8, 2006 in Boston, MA. All scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to attend the APHA Disability SPIG Forum at the APHA Annual Meeting. The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is a wonderful and important Public Health Educational Forum, drawing about 15,000 participants (see

Applicants residing in EST and CST time zones are eligible for $400 scholarships and those residing in MST, PST, AST, and HST are eligible for $600 Scholarships. To apply for a scholarship online, go to

Online Applications are due to AUCD by September 29, 2006 5PM EST. Contact Sue Lin with questions about the scholarships or the application.

Sue Lin M.S., Project Director, CDC Cooperative Agreement, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 920 Silver Spring MD 20910, phone: 301-588-8252, fax: 301-588-2842,

Supported Employment Toolkit

Supported Employment Toolkit from the National Mental Health Information Center. Supported Employment helps people with mental illnesses and other disabilities find and keep competitive employment within their communities. Visit the National Mental Health Information Center Web site for more information.

Institutes / Conferences

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

Customized Employment Web-conference Series

Self-employment means a customized job often developed through creating a business. This is an ever-growing strategy to increase income and independence for many people. Web-conferences are scheduled for September 8 and 14, 2006. There is no cost to attend, and more information can be found here.

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.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)—Conference 2006

Acquire knowledge and skills to accommodate employees with disabilities, comply with the ADA, and develop innovative employment practices. JAN’s 2006 conference will be held September 18th and 19th at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport. Learn more about the JAN Conference 2006.

Wounded & Injured Veterans’ Summit

A national dialogue will be held on September 20-21, 2006 to highlight the issues, programs, and best practices employed at federal, state and community levels to assure the recovery and return to success of transitioning wounded, injured and disabled service members and their families. Learn more about theWounded & Injured Veterans’ Summit.

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

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

Learn Your ADA Rights And How To Enforce Them In the Workplace

Services for Independent Living, Inc. (SIL), is pleased to announce a workshop for employees, job seekers, self-advocates, and advocates on the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The workshop will be on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SIL at 25100 Euclid Avenue, Suite 105, Cleveland, 44117. The co-presenters will be Michelle Crew, Investigator, and Cynthia Stankiewicz, Outreach/ Technical Assistance Manager, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Cleveland Field Office. The fee is $10 per person. Because seating is limited, registration is required by September 19, 2006. Requests for accommodations should be made by September 19, 2006. For more information or for registration information, please contact Laura Gold at SIL at (216) 731-1529 (Voice/TTY) or or Cynthia Stankiewicz at EEOC at (216) 522-7679 or (e-mail).

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

Web Conference 4-part Series: Learning Disabilities and Adaptive Technology

Part 1 Learning Disabilities—Adolescents and Adults
Presenter: Noel Gregg, Ph.D. Director & Distinguished Research Professor University of Georgia Regents Center for Learning Disorders. This first presentation in a series of four focusing on learning disabilities will present an overview of learning disabilities and the adolescent /adult population.

Part 2: K-12 through Transition: One Size Does Not Fit All
Presenter: Pene Chambers, Director, Information Systems Department of Special Education Kennedy Krieger Institute. Technology affords flexibility and can accommodate unique and diverse individual needs and interests without compromising goals and objectives. Use what you have better.

Part 3: LD and AT in Post-secondary Education
Presenter: Carolyn Phillips, Manager, Georgia Department of Labor/VR Tools for Life Program. Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and Customized Employment gives power back to individuals, families, employers and community stakeholders.

Part 4: The Matrix: Incorporating Universal Design for Learning in a Post-secondary setting for Student with Learning Disabilities
Presenter: Christopher M.Lee, Ph.D. Director, AMAC, University System of Georgia. This presentation will explore how disability services are evolving within the post-secondary environment.

The dates for the series will be October 5, 12, 19 and 26. Registration is $150: Register at:

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

Increasing the Success of Employees with Disabilities in the Workplace

November 17, 2006: The Ohio State University Campus Columbus, Ohio
A one-day seminar of interest to: Job Coaches, Disability Case Managers, Rehabilitation Counselors, Human Resources Personnel, Occupational Therapists, and Employers. A primary focus is accommodation for social, behavioral, and mental health problems.

Sponsored by The Ohio State University ADA Coordinator’s Office and the Division of Occupational Therapy. Pre-registration will be required. Registration materials will be sent at a later date.

For more information contact: Andrea Cooper, ADA Coordinator’s Office, The Ohio State University,, voice (614) 292-6207 tty (614)-688-8605 or fax (614) 688-3665, or by mail at 2054 Drake Center, 1849 Cannon Drive; Columbus, OH 43210-1266

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

Disability Employment 101 for Your Business

A brochure for small- and medium-sized businesses interested in increasing their hiring pool by recruiting well-qualified employees with disabilities. This brochure is available in both Text Format and PDF format.

Assessment Guide Revised

NCWD/Youth has revised its popular, Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational & Career Development Challenges. The revised edition can be downloaded in Adobe PDF format and in Microsoft Word format.

This guide is for multiple audiences within the workforce development system as they assist youth in making decisions and choices based on appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual. Youth service practitioners will find information on selecting career-related assessments, determining when to refer youth for additional assessment, and on other issues such as accommodations, legal issues, and ethical considerations. Administrators and policymakers will find information on developing practical and effective policies, collaboration among programs, and interagency assessment systems.

New Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) Fact Sheet

The new four-page fact sheet can be viewed in PDF format. It explains CAP’s programs, initiatives and the accommodation process.

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