Pac Rim Workshops and Seminars


Diversity, Employment and Disability

Beads of Wisdom: Indigenous Knowledge for Workforce Development

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Diversity, Employment and Disability In Alaska, it is often said that culture is wellness. A model of resilience, Alaska Native cultures have survived extremely challenging environments and multiple historic traumas over thousands of years. In response to a wide range of health and behavioral health disparities, Alaska Native Elders have joined in partnership with the university to provide community and workforce training. Our mutual goal is to infuse traditional wisdom in workforce training for delivery of best practice services for people of diverse cultures.

Living Well

Change through Dialog: Working Together to Improve Education and Employment for Deaf Individuals

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living Well Although deaf students are graduating from high school at record levels, there is still a significant gap in their college attainment and success in jobs after school. Deaf students face many barriers and challenges as they move from high school into college, training programs, and the workplace. There are long standing reasons for these challenges, including (a) limited access to language and communication, (b) reduced social opportunities, (c) negative attitudes and biases, and (d) lack of qualified and experienced professionals. There is no simple solution to these challenges, but we know that one thing is true: We must all work together to make sure that deaf students are ready to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them.

Dare You to Practice Self- Care! Reflection and Self-Care Planning for Busy and Caring People

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Living Well In these busy and uncertain times, it is easy to just focus on the next item on your “to do” list and get lost in helping others. When time is of the essence, it may even seem selfish to practice self- care. We are all at risk of burnout and experiencing the negative effects of stress. Taking care of ourselves is essential to our well-being as well as serving and helping others to fulfill their greatest potential. We “dare” you to self-care! This workshop will provide a safe space for personal reflection and self- care visioning and planning, as well as provide ideas for simple self- care strategies to try.

Promoting Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities

Monday, October 9, 2017

Living Well For individuals with developmental disabilities, maintaining health and wellness is essential to being self-sufficient, achieving and maintaining independence, participating in society, and preventing the onset of secondary health conditions. Yet, they experience poorer health than their non-disabled peers and alarmingly higher rates of obesity and related conditions. A key contributor to these health disparities is the lack of evidence-based health promotion programs for this population. In addition, maintaining health and avoiding the onset of chronic conditions is especially important. In spite of this, individuals with disabilities generally experience poorer health than people without disabilities and significantly higher rates of chronic health-related conditions.

The Individual and Community Impact of Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Living Well For a number of reasons, individuals experiencing developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders often have more contact with the criminal justice system than the general population. Thus, the better prepared officers and staff are to respond effectively and appropriately, the more likely the interaction will be positive.

The Power of Art, the Power of Us

Disseminating Light: Photography as an Advocacy Tool

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Power of Art, the Power of Us In this hands-on workshop, participants will utilize photography and interviews as advocacy tools which may be used in their organization/setting. Participants will learn different strategies/tools to implement a plan and template using examples from research on how an Ethiopian youth with an intellectual disability used photography and interview to share his stories/experiences from his day to day life. Each individual has personal interests, values, and beliefs, therefore, photography and interview methods can be beneficial for various professionals, populations and settings. Photography is a fun method to create powerful photographs that leave lasting impressions, increase awareness, and tell a story. Research shows that communities and individuals in vulnerable, marginalized populations have fewer opportunities to express value or freedom of speech; however, the photograph/interview process can allow communities/individuals to capture and show the world their perspectives.

Law, Disability & Society

Do you or I have Bias? Addressing and Overcoming Bias

Monday, October 9, 2017

Law, Disability & Society Through interactive exercises, video clips, and discussion, participants will explore how stereotypes and assumptions about marginalized communities, including immigrant populations and people with disabilities, impede access to community services and the criminal justice system.

K-12 Education for All

Executive Function in Secondary Students with ADHD and a Reading Disability

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

K-12 Education for All Students with both ADHD and dyslexia have a unique cognitive profile which is associated with an increased risk of school failure, poor grades, high drop-out rates, decreased motivation, and school disciplinary problems. Executive function skills play a large role in this unique cognitive profile. However, these skills tend to be overlooked and not explicitly taught in school. We will explore what executive functions are, the tools and strategies used to develop executive function skills, the interconnectedness of executive functions and the learning process, and the possibilities that open up when we shift our perspective from deficit to ability.

Technology and Resources for Working with Students with Varying Exceptionalities

K-12 Education for All This seminar will begin with an overview of the literature on technology in the field of special education. The presenters will share information on the impact of technology, how technology can provide both access and barriers, and how they are vital for practitioners in special education because they are linked with increasing motivation, facilitating student learning, and allowing individualized interventions/instruction/assessments.

The Classroom Teaching Scan: Introduction & Demonstration of a New Classroom Tool

Monday, October 9, 2017

K-12 Education for All In this session we introduce and demonstrate the Classroom Teaching (CT) Scan. The CT Scan is an observational tool designed to capture teachers’ instructional practices in real time and then aide in delivery of coaching. Resulting data provides portraits of lessons including raw counts and percentages of time spent using various teaching practices, and ratios of instructional time to non-instructional time.

Why do you Keep Doing That? Translating Challenging Behavior

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

K-12 Education for All Snapshot! Why do people do what they do? Because those behaviors work for them! Regardless of a behavior being potentially problematic, it will continue if it gets a person what they want/need. Participants will practice interpreting “why” challenging behaviors persist and consider what the child/adult can be taught to do instead.


Strengthening Adult-Child Relationships: An Introduction to the Circle of Security

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Relationship Every person learns from their earliest relationships and experiences. Everyday, repeated interactions with adults affect children’s (and later adult’s) physiology, emotions, impulse control, self-image, ability to learn, concentrate and understand both our inner and outer worlds. The COS program is designed to offer caregivers direction and clarity in understanding the dynamics of early relationships and their critical importance. With this deeper understanding, caregivers can more skillfully interpret behavior and be more confident when providing a supportive “home base” for children so they can feel good about exploring themselves and the world around them. In this workshop, we will explore and discuss the basic tenets of the Circle of Security intervention and where each of us is more comfortable and knowledgeable on the circle.

Disability Studies: Cultivating Critical Narrative Consciousnesses

Teaching Disability Studies Across Disciplines

Disability Studies: Cultivating Critical Narrative Consciousnesses Historian Douglas Baynton coined the famous observation that “disability is everywhere, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent in the histories we write." Baynton’s plea brought disability out of the margins of his profession and became part of a larger movement towards disability studies in the academy. This panel follows Baynton’s dictum that disability is everywhere and locates disability as a subject of serious academic inquiry in disciplines not typically associated with disability studies. We are faculty at the University of Hawai’i in a variety of disciplines who all use disability in our research and teaching. We will give examples of the ways we incorporate disability into our syllabi, central writings in disability studies that have informed our research, and suggestions for deepening disability connections within academic communities.

Writing for Disability Studies: A Workshop with Journal Editors

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Disability Studies: Cultivating Critical Narrative Consciousnesses Journal editors Jay Dolmage (Canadian Journal of Disability Studies), Kim Nielsen and Ally Day (Disablity Studies Quarterly) will lead a 90-minute workshop on writing for peer review publications in Disability Studies. Participants are encouraged to bring an abstract and outline of a current project to workshop.

Transition to Adulthood and Post Secondary Education

The Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Framework for Assessing and Addressing Complex Barriers

Monday, October 9, 2017

Transition to Adulthood and Post Secondary Education This interactive workshop will illustrate how those students with learning disabilities can come to understand, as they transition into and through their first semester of college, how four key domains of learning: self-management, motivation, skill-attainment, and social-emotional aspects, can affect their learning. Our objective is to explain the role of the domains in developing students’ ability to thrive and persist in college. This presentation is designed to help participants identify and support those barriers which their students may be experiencing. These key learning domains are designed to enhance the participants’ own understanding of emerging adult learners and to heighten their sensitivity to factors that affect the learning process.


Why Aren’t You Paying Attention? Influences and Outcomes

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beginnings How do you know when a child is paying attention? What are the indicators that tell you a child is focused on you or a specific task? What does it look like? It’s not always easy to recognize attention, particularly if a child has more complex disabilities. Understanding how and when a child is paying attention is a key component of learning. It’s therefore critical that anyone who interacts with a child understands when a child is or is not paying attention. This presentation will define attention and review some interesting and fun facts about the topic.