Have you ever felt that your voice was lost in the crowd? That you can’t make a difference on your own? We think we have limitations, but we can evolve and transcend. This year’s Youth Leadership Empowerment Academy at the Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity focuses on the “we” rather than the “I” and attempts to empower each individual to come together in a communal effort to make a change. Together, we can accomplish more than what one individual may be able to do on their own.
Since 1998, Liane Yasumoto has been the Director of Superfest International Disability Film Festival, presented by Culture Disability Talent, based in Berkeley, California. After earning a B.A. in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley in 1992, Liane became actively involved with various disability organizations, including the Center for Independent Living, the World Institute on Disability, and Disability Rights Advocates.
Teachers from Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands are invited to come together for a talk session to exchange knowledge at a down-to-earth, teacher-to-teacher, practitioner level.
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, the Pacific Rim Conference is proud to present an exhibit of photos taken by children with Down Syndrome in Hawai‘i. March 21, 2012 marks the 7th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and for the first time in 2012 this day will be officially observed by the United Nations.