Pac Rim Workshops and Seminars


A World Without Barriers: Disability and Virtual Technology

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This 90 minute workshop will demonstrate and explore areas of emerging technology such as Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVE) that hold promise for education and employment options for people with disabilities and those in the field of disability.

Advocacy on the Ground: Addressing Barriers for People with Mental Health Disabilities

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Join two human rights lawyers in an interactive session on reimagining justice and human rights for persons who are experiencing mental health challenges. People with mental health disabilities continue to be marginalized by society and law. They experience many barriers in accessing psycho-social resources, housing, legal representation, appropriate treatment, employment and other services across the life span. These barriers are further complicated when issues of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, class, disability and other intersecting social factors are involved.

Aligning Policy and Funding with Employment First Principles

Monday, April 25, 2016

Times are rapidly changing, and there is now a strong demand, spearheaded by the Employment First Movement, to make competitive integrated employment the top priority for all youth and adults with disabilities. Participants in this interactive workshop will work alongside Subject Matter Experts from the Department of Labor’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) to identify obstacles and share ideas and strategies to improve outcomes in the areas of Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, Employer Engagement, and School-to-Work Transition.

An Empathetic Approach to Trauma: The Dynamic Duo!

In our work we encounter people who have their own unknown and sometimes secret stories. We cannot tell what those stories are by looking at that person. Working with people who “challenge” us requires looking beyond what we see. In this workshop we will explore how layers of trauma become integrated into a person’s way of thinking, feeling, and doing. We will work with a way of empathetically understanding why people do the things they do, which we can put into every day action.

Approaching Math through a Cultural Lens

How do we bring culture into classroom, design UDL lessons and blend classrooms with technologies that are better suited for student needs while at the same time making a huge difference in math outcomes for middle-high school students? In this information packed seminar, the presenters from Ka Palina, a dynamic federally funded project, will share their goals and strategies on culturally responsive teaching and the success they have had with making math relevant in student lives.

Audio Description Everywhere: Expanding the Availability of Audio Description through the Use of Mobile Technology

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the ongoing research to practice development of a US National Park Service (NPS) grant on providing audio described NPS brochures through mobile technology. Currently, the NPS is expanding the accessibility of informational materials for park users with a focus on end-user’s with mobile technology, such as Smartphones and tablets, and a text-to-speech application for blind and visually-impaired users.

Avenue to the Experience: Strategies to Assist in Working With Individuals Who Experience Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Monday, May 19, 2014

When planning for the instructional needs of individuals with disabilities, we must recognize our responsibility as the “avenue to the experience” in making the learning/teaching criterion meaningful. This presentation will provide strategies to assist in the development, selection, and implementation of intervention techniques by providing the participants with “frameworks” to help in determining chronological age-appropriate activities that are purposeful and learner specific.

Back to the Future: Empowering Programs

Monday, May 19, 2014

This two-hour workshop will focus upon the high school to adult transition of young persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Presenters will build upon the transition experiences of workshop participants while identifying quality indicators aligned with success in postsecondary education and employment settings.

Backlash! California's Attempt to Eliminate Civil Rights for People with Disabilities

Monday, April 25, 2016

Everyone is in favor of civil rights for people with disabilities (until you start enforcing them). Nowhere is this more apparent than California. Advocates face an onslaught of anti-anti-discrimination measures, to eliminate civil rights lawsuits for PWDs. We’ll discuss what those measures are, and how the community is countering them.

Bottom Up Approach to Anti-Bullying

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Most anti-bullying programs that are put in place are from the “top down” where it seems to be difficult and slow to see results and change. “Top down” means we try to put rules and policies of zero tolerance for bullying in the high schools and middle schools. These policies are often hard to enforce, not consistently supported by all school staff nor comfortably accessed by students. (non reporting of incidents)

Bringing it Home: Embracing and Honoring Culture in the Classroom

Monday, March 26, 2012

Want to delve into the heart and soul of teaching and think about ways to support youth to hāehu”to grow well? Join a two-hour experiential session where participants will explore cultural systems of learning and teaching that can help empower students in mind, body, and spirit.

Building Team Resiliency

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

With awareness and openness, team leaders can utilize various practices to foster cohesive team relationships and maximize productivity. Strategic planning using Appreciative Inquiry allows members of any type of team to identify their common values and expectations of team behavioral, and craft their group’s mission and vision statements.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will accomplish the following objectives:

Calcedonies: A Narrative Approach to Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of Denial to Access to Innovative Computer-Based Assistive Technologies

The benefits of innovation in computer-based technologies that can be used to assist disabled citizens are too often limited to those who have the financial resources to access the technology. This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of the lack of equitable access, beginning with the performance by Sheila Boyd (Chair of Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) AccessAbilities Task Force) of central scenes of the new play Calcedonies by J Nisker.

Community + Connection = Inclusion

Monday, May 19, 2014

In this 90-minute Seminar/Colloquium, participants will take away strategies for building community within their agency/program as well as their surrounding hometown communities. The panel will demonstrate - visually and descriptively - methods that have succeeded in including people with all levels of cognitive and physical challenges into viable community projects and activities.

Community of Constituents

Monday, April 29, 2013

The desire to live with dignity, make one’s own choices, and participate fully in society form a common ground between seniors and persons with disabilities across the lifespan. Uniting these important constituencies to work together has the power to transform our nation’s long-term services and supports system by promoting improved access to community-based services and supports, housing and independent living.

Complementary and Alternative Therapy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

As an alternative Wellness Art, energy healing, specifically Reiki, can be easily integrated into conventional health care. Since this modality can be offered an inch or two above the body it is not contraindicated. Reiki is a modality that interacts with the participants own bio-energetic system. The practitioner gently touches the recipient who in turn pulls in the vibrational energy and the body distributes it where needed. Those attending this workshop will experience the symphony of three healing energy modalities, Reiki, Karuna, and Seichem.

D.I.R./Floor Time: A Developmental/Relational Approach Toward the Treatment of Autism in Children and Adolescents

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This workshop offers a theoretical, conceptual, and practical approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental delays such as autism spectrum through a developmental relationship based form of play therapy known as D.I.R./Floor Time.

Deafhood Allies

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Presented By: Marvin T. Miller

This Workshop is Free at the Pacific Rim Conference

Thinking about how to create a better future for the Deaf and signing community? Re-frame our thoughts to understand what it means to be an Ally!

Disability and Climate Change: Impacts and Actions

Climate change is transforming the world in unprecedented ways, and as it continues to develop, people with disabilities will be affected much more dramatically than others. We are more vulnerable to natural disasters, more reliant on government services, and have fewer resources to navigate difficult times. Individuals and policymakers must therefore prepare for the future in a way that addresses all consequences and all of our needs, from creating inclusive disaster response to redesigning benefits programs and more.

Disability and Parenting: The Final Frontier

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This workshop presents a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to assessing parenting capabilities of parents with disabilities (PWD). Participants will be introduced to how to utilize adaptive parenting tools and learn methods for navigating multiple systems of care in reproductive healthcare and the quest for parenthood.

Diversity in the Workplace: A New Perspective

It is the reality that the workforce is changing to meet the growing needs of an aging population and people with disabilities. This session will be an informative and enlightening discussing how we frame people with disabilities in the context of the workplace. The Abilities in Mind (AIM) program will demonstrate how we engage with other businesses in the approaches to attract, hire and retain persons with disabilities in the workplace.

Dyslexia Workshop

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Are you satisfied with your career choice, education level, mental wellbeing, and social health?

  • Gain positive habits that will help to deal with Dyslexia
  • Take active steps to move forward!
  • Accomplish your goals and reach your fullest potential

Effective Parent Partnerships: Developing a Campus Parent Representative Initiative

Workshop Leader—Kathy Palomo

When your funding streams are cut, how do you effectively offer parents collaborative emotional and educational support so they can make informed decisions about their children with special needs?

Embodied Inclusion: Using our Bodies to understand Belonging and counter Isolation

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This highly participatory, interactive workshop will explore concepts of exclusion, inclusion, marginalization and belonging through movement activities. People of all sizes, levels of movement, grace and comfort in their bodies are welcome and will be supported in this exploratory session. We will engage in movement, dance, theater and music activities, all done in a highly inclusive way.

Employable: A Virtual Employment Center

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

EmployAble is an innovative tool to meet employment challenges faced by people with disabilities. EmployAble uses Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVE), including Second Life, google sites, a website, and other virtual tools to focus on employment preparation, skill acquisition, and placement resources. There is an EmployAble site (street) on the Second Life virtual world.

Empowerment through Technology for Untapped Talent

Monday, April 29, 2013

Want to be inspired? This unprecedented vocational training program provides the opportunity for individuals with physical disabilities, such as visual impairment, deafness, hearing difficulties, autism and Asperger’s syndrome, to acquire gainful employment, with serious growth potential in the emerging high tech design and manufacturing market.

Experiential Counseling Strategies for Developmentally Delayed / Mentally Ill Youth and Adults

Monday, April 29, 2013

The experiential therapeutic play therapy seminar is an interactive way of introducing participants to an array of therapeutic tools that can be adapted to all ages regardless of the person’s cognitive abilities. Participants will actively play the games and discuss the various life skill strategies they experienced.

FASD and Other Brain Differences

This interactive session will look at the need for early intervention, lifelong supports for success and also the relationship between success and prevention of FASD in the next generation as well as a strategy used to determine appropriate INDIVIDUALIZED supports and accommodations for those with brain differences.

Fluency Instruction: Making Things Correct and Easy

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In many foundational academic skills, such as math facts, handwriting, and phonetic reading, fluency is often the difference between almost knowing something and knowing it very well. When our students become fluent with these basic skills we see retention over long breaks, endurance in performing a skill for long periods of time, stability in very distracting environments, and the ability to apply those skills in untaught situations. Fluency based instruction should be a tool in every teachers toolbox to use when we see the student that reads painfully slow or gives the answer that requires writing the shortest sentence, or the student that gets so frustrated that they say they hate school.

From Trauma to Hope: Teaching a New Ending

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How do we connect with youth who have experienced difficulty and trauma in their lives?

What does cultural healing and cultural empowerment really look like?

How can I create an environment that transforms the lives of youth?

In this workshop teachers, faculty, community advocates, and youth workers will learn tangible, powerful approaches and interventions that aim to achieve the following objectives:

Government Agency and Parents: Who Makes the Decisions?

Many decisions need to be made around supports of people with disabilities - how much support, which agency, and who should provide these.  Various situations occurring at the Hawaii Developmental Disabilities Division will be presented regarding areas of negotiation between the person with a disability, family, and agency staff.

Gutless & Grateful: How Losing My Stomach Made Me Hungry For Life

Based in part on Amy’s personal experience surviving ten years of medical interventions, 27 surgeries, a coma, sexual abuse gastrectomy and PTSD, Amy lends the patient perspective with an empowered approach to mental health in Gutless & Grateful. Amy will share her near death experience and unique personal story with humor, hunger and heart, highlighting the disappointments, struggles, triumphs, and gratitude in her life on a musical journey of hope, determination, and perseverance.

Hands-on Mathematics: How to Engage Middle and Secondary Students in Math

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Experience math learning the Ka Pilina way! Many students struggle in math because it is not meaningful to the context in which they live. In this interactive session, audience will learn math the fun way and learn how the Ka Pilina project is making a difference to 7-12th grade students’ math outcomes.

How to be an Evolved Activist in a New Age of Healthcare by Living the Wisdom we Know

How do we move towards a more caring medical model, where both patient and provider are empowered while restoring what it means to be a practitioner? It requires us to dive deeply within ourselves to view healthcare from a wider perspective. The journey is to replace reactiveness with proactivity, and to become fully integrated in the relationships around us. Our own physiology is designed for this type of interconnectedness. The chaos that is the current healthcare model has spawned new models which stand in contrast to the assembly line, Wall St. run standards. These new wellness spaces foster environments that allow our humanity to shine.

How to Build an Effective Common Cause Network: Focus on Abuse Prevention

Monday, May 19, 2014

A network of persons with developmental disabilities and community allies can influence change and increase local and statewide coalitions. This ‘how-to’ interactive workshop provides background, tools, and strategies to create a common cause outcome-based coalition highlighting "abuse prevention" and leadership development.

Human Rights Violations of Persons with Disabilities in Fukushima after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power Plant Accident

This workshop will outline the human rights violations of persons with disabilities in Fukushima after the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident. We will discuss the incident (s) and link them to human rights violations as well as engage participants in a discussion of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The violations have been downplayed and not widely known. The discussants want the international community to know the facts so as to start an ethical discussion on local, national and international levels.

Human Rights Workshop: Effective Human Rights Campaigns

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

“Everyone with developmental disabilities needs to see themselves as an advocate not only for themselves, but for system changes that benefit all people.” (Molly Kennedy, self-advocate)

Effective rights campaigns involve the pursuit of legal, legislative and policy changes and call for the active voices of individuals who seek to assert their meaningful and rightful place in society.

Illness, Aging, Healing, Death and Dying and Transformation

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A literary pilgrimage with Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard and Susan Schultz

The Pacific Rim team is proud to present two outstanding local writers and scholars who will grace the conference with their wisdom, influence, authentic power and creativity. Be prepared to go deep within, to discover grace, healing, sadness and joy.

Imagine: A New 21st Century Workplace Paradigm “Workplaces That Work”

Monday, May 19, 2014

Each of these dimensions of change has brought about unexpected opportunities and obstacles for the workplace. This workshop highlights the role diversity plays in the 21st Century workplace environment. It seeks to expand the description of workplace diversity to include employees with disabilities as a category under workplace diversity. Understanding the correlation between diversity and disability is vital for successful management of diversity in the workplace. To achieve organizational goals required a foundational shift in mindset, management, and maneuvers.

Important Considerations When Designing Intervention Programs for Children with Autism

Monday, April 25, 2016

Most children with autism require intervention to address social, communication, and behavioral deficits.  In an effort to create more complete intervention programs for children with autism, careful consideration should be given to (1) assessing current skill sets, (2) building staff-student relationships, (3) building student-student relationships, (4) teaching functional communication, (5) expanding interests and activities, and (6) creating effective intervention schedules.  Using plain language and video examples, the presenter will discuss these important considerations and provide he

Improving Quality and Consistency in the Evaluation and Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities - Policy and Perspectives from North Carolina

Following an overview of the amendments to the NC Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities in the definition, evaluation and identification of students suspected of having specific learning disabilities, participants will learn about the utility of developing strong guidance through the use of a structured framework in order to support school districts in successful implementation of policy change (of any type).

Inclusion Works! Using Family-Governance to Increase Youth Employment

Monday, May 19, 2014

Family Governance is an emerging model of support in which families pool participant-directed resources to support employment and community inclusion. This seminar will focus on InclusionWorks!, encompassing several family-governed groups created in Victoria, BC. The seminar will explore three main themes.

Innovative Programming Across the Life Span for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

90-Minute Seminar/Colloquium

Sharon Kreder, Aaron Kaufman, Joshua Lyons & Paula Aiesi

TILL's experienced professionals will review clinical, support, behavioral and mental health services, social networking and augmented communication methods for individuals at various points on the Spectrum. Primary focus is that of new and innovative services across the person's lifespan.

It's all About Babies

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Presented by Mālama o Nā Keiki in Partnership with CDS

Babies are the 1st Wonder of the World! They come in different colors, sizes, and personalities—let’s discover the Art of being a Baby is all about what they do when they watch, listen, smell, taste, touch and feel. By “readin” their needs, we as a community know how to serve them. A Mix Plate Of learning experiences include: community services available, Neonate/Newborn cues, death/dying/bereavement, breastfeeding, literacy, simple hula and song to share with your agency or families and more.

I’m Alright, Nobody Worry about Me; Trauma Focused 101

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Welcome to the I’m alright trauma focused presentation. We’ll learn the recovery principles of trauma in a practical strategic format. Rick will use experiential exercises with a discussion tailored for the audience. An uplifting music and inspirational slide show opens the presentation, followed by a progressive relaxation exercise and an exciting trauma focused jeopardy game and a corresponding power point with easy to use, practical slides focused on the topic of healing, recovery and personal growth.

Life College: A Transitional Program for Adults with Autism

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Life College is a transitional program for young adults with autism, located in Orange County, CA. In collaboration with Stanbridge College's MSOT Program, OT students and faculty develop and administer courses on independent living skills to help promote the Life College students' successful transition into adulthood.

Live in Your Vision, Not Your Situation

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

At the age of 17, his life changed in an instant. As a graduating senior, three weeks before getting his H.S. Diploma, He was an innocent bystander in a mass shooting incident that took place in the parking lot of his high school. The onetime three-sport athlete was left paralyzed as a result of the injuries sustained. The incident happened just weeks before he was to start Morgan State University on a football scholarship, following in the footsteps of his late father.

Microaggressions, LGBTQ, and Diversity

Monday, April 25, 2016

Everyday verbal, nonverbal and environmental slights and insults — whether intentional or unintentional — communicate negativity and hostility to people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals. This flow of negative messages creates an undercurrent of unwelcomeness and an ever-present hostile atmosphere for the disability community and LGBTQ people.

Navigating Through the Systems Around Autism in Hawaii

This workshop walks the participant through diagnosis and treatments available through insurance, early intervention, schools, governmental agencies, and non-profit programs. This session will cover supports available in all States in the USA, but also inform about services particular to Hawaii. Several scenarios will be used to illustrate the issues and supports for different ages and for particular supports available to children and adults with autism through agencies and insurance can situations, such as the family being in the military.

Opening the Door to Person-Centered Housing and Services

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Parents and young adults expect inclusive person-centered housing and services as our sons and daughters make the transition from the “least restrictive environment” mandate of IDEA to the promise of the “most integrated setting” of the Olmstead Decision. We are largely met with an adult world of “system-centered” segregated settings and institutionalized thinking that do not meet our vision for quality “person-centered” housing and services. After all, housing is not just about getting “a place” but is about gaining a quality of life that our sons and daughters can “own.”

Our Reading Toolbox: Bring Learning Alive through Thinking-Centered Education

We invite you to experience how you can create a “Culture of Thinking” in your classroom or workplace by using OUR READING TOOLBOX.You will acquire tools and strategies that can stimulate students’ independent thinking so they can understand what they read and express their own ideas about that reading through writing.Experience the use of effective thinking-centered tools designed to foster high-quality thinking and dialogue.  This TOOLBOX stimulates independent thinking, bringing deep, personal comprehension in reading, and expression of thoughts through writing.

Pacific Alliance Project STEM Networking Session

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

120-Minute Interactive Workshop

Students with disabilities who pursue postsecondary education face many unique challenges than peers without disabilities. The Pacific Alliance project aims to help out college participants gain networking experience through one-on-one opportunities with professionals and peers who attend the Conference.

Partnerships Build Our Movement-Coalition Building Advocacy Movement

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Coalition Building Advocacy: A model of statewide advocacy leadership directed by people with disabilities emphasizing the value of building relationships and broad based partnerships. A statewide alliance of peer advocates initiated a mechanism for building coalitions of common cause around human rights advocacy and policy making.

Pono Life Skills

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Growing Pono Schools curriculum will be presented and available for the participants. During this seminar students from various schools will co-facilitate activities from the curriculum. Learn how to incorporate the Native Hawaiian guiding principle of pono—in everything you think, feel and do. Life’s lessons are discovered in the doing and being.

For more information on the Growing Pono Schools, please visit.

Growing Pono Schools

Power in Your Pocket: Using Your Smartphone to Advocate for Change

Rooted in Rights, an international cross-disability video and social media project utilizes the power of creative content to communicate with the public and advocate for change. Many people feel that they don't have the time and resources to produce video content regularly.

Prevention and Intervention Strategies to Minimize Risk of Abuse

We live in a world where 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 18, 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and 90% of persons with disabilities will be abused (US Department of Justice). We need real-life solutions to mitigate these staggering statistics.

Project ‘Uwao' (Peacemakers)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Targeted audience: All youth, students, educators, community leaders, decision makers

This educational and experiential workshop is student-driven and lead by Gay, Straight Alliance (GSA) High School leaders in Hawaii’s schools.

Projects of National Significance and the U.S. Territories: What Does It Mean?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Beginning in October of 2012, four of the AIDD funded Projects of National Significance have been charged with inclusion of the US Territories in data collection and analysis efforts. This seminar aims to introduce the Projects and discuss collaboration strategies.

Put on Your OCR Hat!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

No matter their depth and breadth of experience, few individuals feel totally confident that they are in complete compliance with disability regulations.

Current and prospective college students, disability rights advocates, faculty and administrators in postsecondary education can all benefit from the “inside scoop” regarding how the Office for Civil Rights processes complaints it receives regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.

Putting the ICF-CY Into Practice

Monday, May 19, 2014

This workshop will Introduce the use of an age-specific code-set of the ICF-CY (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health - Version for Children and Youth, WHO) for children with disabilities; demonstrate and practice the use of the code-set with case-examples on video. You will be able to understand the benefits of working with a code-set of the ICF-CY to set goals for intervention, promote interdisciplinary collaboration and empower patients and parents.

Resiliency and Native Hawaiian Culture

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kaipo‘i will discuss the importance of positive words and actions and will share his passion for teaching the Hawaiian language and culture.

Participants will:

Restorative Justice for Youth: Improving Outcomes for Youth At-Risk of Antisocial Behavior

Monday, May 19, 2014

This interactive workshop is for those dedicated to supporting and empowering youth who are at risk of dropping out of school and/or becoming involved in the criminal justice system. Learn how stressful situations, trauma, and a poor sense-of-self impairs physiological systems and affects learning and behavior. Participate in hands-on activities that account for youths' lived experiences and value what they bring to school. Discover how to facilitate early-warning systems for detecting signs of distress and identifying factors that may trigger inappropriate or antisocial behavior.

Revving Up Inclusion of Diversity and Disability: Considering the Emerging Science on Implicit Bias

Monday, April 29, 2013

Progress toward full inclusion of the disabled and other diverse communities can be enhanced by understanding the emerging science on implicit bias and using that knowledge to make us more mindful, more open, more and present in our communities. Three experienced experts show the way to building this path.

SEMINAR: A Positive Approach for Supporting College Students with High Functioning Autism

Monday, May 18, 2015

Students with Asperger’s Syndrome are enrolling in our colleges and universities at a greater level than in previous years. Experts in the field of autism tell us two things about AS students entering higher education: Their degree of academic success if often linked to their degree of social success and many AS students spend the majority of their time at school alone and depressed. Others struggle with faculty, staff, peer and roommate interactions.

Seminar: Acknowledging Identity, Achieving Success

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Students of color are poorly served in the education system. Students with disabilities experience similar concerns. The effects of disproportionate treatment cumulate and connect with each other. New science shows that these disproportionalities may be based in implicit bias and group preferences. We all self-identify,  in some groups, out of others. We quickly identify positively with those who look like us.

Seminar: Geeking Inclusive: Supportive Gadgetry in Higher Education

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Participants in this seminar will uncover ways in which mobile technology (e.g. tablets, smartphones) is being used to reduce barriers to communication, academic content, social connection, and independence into the college experience for students with disabilities. Leaders from three TPSID (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities) programs will share their experiences and best practices in using mobile devices with students and staff. Participants will discover a variety of popular apps available for executive functioning skills (e.g.

Seminar: Improve your Apptitude: Finding the Right App for the Student with Special Needs

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Although the effectiveness and usefulness of the iPad is starting to be documented in the literature, practical information on how to implement this device to support students with special needs is not always readily accessible.  Although there are many lists of apps that can be used, often the emphasis is on the apps and their features, rather than on the needs of the student.  This session focuses on the needs of students in the areas of fine motor skill development, writing, spelling, reading, math, social skills and behavior and will provide an opportunity to explore apps that can suppo

Seminar: Independent but not Alone: The Human Right to Decide

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The session will engage participants in a dialogue about supporting people with intellectual disabilities to have a voice. It will share the findings of Inclusion International’s global report on the right to decide and explore challenges and opportunities for individuals, support persons and organizations to foster self-advocacy.

SEMINAR: Ka Pilina Interactive Workshop on Ethnomathematics

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Are you afraid of mathematics or do you love mathematics? Come and explore ethnomathematics and blended learning lessons! In this interactive session, the audience will learn math the fun way and learn how the Ka Pilina project is making a difference to 7-12th grade students' math outcomes. You will leave the session with a few ethnomathematics and blended learning lessons in mathematics.

Seminar: Making Connections that Improve Lives across the Life Span

Monday, May 18, 2015

This seminar features collaborative projects including clinical best practices, teacher training, positive behavior supports, and information dissemination.  Focusing on linkages and connections between projects and across age groups, the CEDDERS Team will feature short presentations on the implementation of island-wide developmental and behavioral screening system (iBDSS) of young children including training with physicians and their staff; the implementation of The Pyramid (formerly CSEFEL) social emotional model for across agencies; implementation of PBIS  in Guam’s public schools K to 1

Seminar: Reinventing Special Education

Monday, April 29, 2013

With The Honorable Robert Pasternack & Cathy Healy

Approximately 6 million students with disabilities currently receive Special Education across the United States. Most of these students are NOT disabled and do NOT need Special Education. When they receive Special Education, they often do not receive specially designed instruction, and outcomes and results for most Students with Disabilities (SWDs) are unacceptable and poor.

Seminar: Strengthening Cultural Identity Development through Film in Adolescent Mental Health and Recovery Services

Monday, May 18, 2015

Cultural identity development is an essential part of prevention programming, and this seminar will offer examples of how to engage youth in exploring their family, community, and cultural stories and histories. Using the Southeast Asian Young Men’s Group as a model, we will examine how to use documentary filmmaking as a prevention/intervention strategy in working with youth.

Seminar: The ABLE Act: The Key to Helping the ADA Generation Build a Brighter Financial Future

GAMECHANGER ALERT! Despite legislative shortcomings, the ABLE Act of 12014 allows, for the first time ever, people with disabilities to work, save and accumulate financial assets and receive other family financial support without placing their SSI or Medicaid benefits at risk!

Seminar: The Cube Case Story: Young People with Disabilities Innovating a New World

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Like any good story of triumph and success, the case story of the cube starts with a few central characters. A disenchanted young person, struggling to find their way, a wise and passionate leader with a vision for the way things could be and a group of willing but skeptical towns folk who agreed that the future could be better but couldn’t quite see how to make it happen.

Seminar: Three Global Causes for Problem Behavior: Teaching Children with Autism and How to Address Challenges

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This workshop will help participants better understand three major issues that relate to problem behavior and teaching children with autism. Specifically, the presenter will demonstrate through extensive use of video, how motivational variables, assessment and curriculum choices, and teaching procedures impact behavior and learning both positively and negatively.

Social Justice and Historical Repair: The Promise of Transforming Health Systems to Address Disabilities and Cultural Accountability

Monday, May 19, 2014

As a nation of increasing cultural diversity, we are entering into a period of exciting health and mental health care transformation. The growth of cultural, ethnic, racial and, linguistic (CERL) communities invigorates service systems to integrate culturally recognized practices into health services, including behavioral and mental health treatment. Mental health disabilities have now become increasingly recognized.

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in School Settings

Monday, May 19, 2014

Julie Fodor, Judy Hall, Renee Miner & Barbara Broyles
Center on Disabilities and Human Development
University of Idaho


Sustainable Futures: Knowledge Is Power Dialogue Seminar Session

Monday, March 26, 2012

This seminar will start with an overview of the ACA with emphasis on the implications for persons with disabilities especially persons with disabilities from ethnic/racial underserved populations. We will review health care changes brought about resulting from the ACA and how these provisions may positively impact the lives of persons with disabilities. As the ACA involves not only a national implementation but involvement of the states, we plan to address some of these issues from both a community based organization and a consumer perspective.

Symposium: The World Report on Disability

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The World Report on Disability summarizes the best available scientific evidence on disability and makes recommendations for action in support of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The product of a multi-year effort by 370 contributors from all parts of the world, the World report provides documented evidence of the social and economic status of persons with disabilities, the state of disability services, the problems and good practices, as well as recommendations for needed research and development.

Talk WITH Me: Communication Strategies for Students with Significant Disabilities

This skill-building workshop will present practical, evidence-based strategies that can be used to enhance the meaningful communication skills and interpersonal interactions of students with significant disabilities (SD), including those with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities. Diverse procedures for communicating information and expectations to these students will be highlighted, along with tools and tactics for facilitating reciprocal, give-and-take conversations between these students and others.

Technology, Data, and Decisions: Using Data and Technology Strategies to Improve Student Results

Monday, March 26, 2012

In the current age of accountability, administrators and teachers are being confronted with complex and varied sources of data from which they must make informed instructional decisions. At the same time, educational systems are increasingly utilizing complex, technology-based data systems designed to provide information for many levels of the system—including teachers, administrators, parents, and policy makers—as a means of improving instruction and student achievement.

The 2nd Annual Meet to LEAP for ELL Education Forum (Link Educators Across the Pacific)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Free to pacific rim attendees. Registration is highly recommended! This down-to-earth discussion and presentation forum provides Hawai‘i and Pacific Island K-12 teachers the opportunity to share knowledge about their English language learners (ELLs) and literacy-improvement practices to build capacity for solutions. Learn about best practices, teaching strategies, and technology to enhance learning.

The Art of D.A.R.T (Disability Abuse Response Teams)

This interactive workshop will discuss how a coordinated community approach called D.A.R.T. (Disability Abuse Response Teams) can be implemented in any community to address the needs of victims who experience disabilities. D.A.R.T. ensures services are person-centered, appropriate, and timely, and also benefits community agencies who participate in the team.

The PIECES Framework: A Comprehensive Model for Success

Do you agree that building relationships and meeting social/emotional/behavioral needs of students promotes their learning? This interactive and relevant presentation responds to evidence that educational systems focusing on punitive discipline are not effectively teaching our children.  The PIECES Framework breaks down the key elements to providing positive, individual education which benefits all students and promotes independent self-regulation across all settings.

Times of Challenge: Cultural Healing and ‘Meaning Making’ Through Our Family Stories

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

As a nation of increasing cultural diversity, we are entering into a period of exciting mental health and health care transformation.

UDL in the Arts Classroom

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

90-Minute Seminar/Colloquium
Gordon Sasaki

This workshop will present and model UDL principles in the arts classroom. Participants will be presented with sample lessons, images, and inclusive art making approaches. The workshop will focus on developing the creative process for all students through discussion and hands-on collaborative exercises.

Learning Outcomes

Voice and Self-Determination on Pacific Islands

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In this Pacific Voices’ digital storytelling workshop we share photo and video stories from across the Pacific region promoting inclusion using “technologies for voice.” Affordable, simple, accessible techniques of digital storytelling are illustrated based upon the lived experiences of the presenters, including their hands-on trainings with teachers, children and youth in Micronesia and Polynesia.

Walking between Two Worlds: Deaf Native American Identity and Accessibility Issues

This workshop will provide the audience with information on the different communication needs of indigenous and native peoples who are born deaf, experience both blindness and deafness, or lose their hearing later in life. Different scenarios will be presented with methods for ensuring that information is shared in the best possible way to meet their needs. We also intend to show a video with interviews with Deaf Native Americans that come from a range of ages (Elders to youth) who experience issues pertaining to parallel lives in two worlds.

We CAIR: A Resilience Approach To Improve Health Literacy Among American Indians

Monday, April 25, 2016

Resilience is storytelling in a culturally-acceptable communication and training mechanism. The Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR), a partnership between Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, and Diné College have developed culturally-tailored health literacy student projects.

Whole Community Preparedness: Mitigating Emergencies through Community Investment, Altered Perceptions, and Personal Preparedness

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Emergency situations can occur anywhere and anytime to anyone. They can come in all forms and can be personal or widespread. Our resilience and possibly survival is determined by our preparedness and ability to respond regardless of the source of the emergency.

Workshop: Interactive Workshop on Pediatric Mobility and Participative Rehabilitation

Monday, May 18, 2015

A child’s ability to move about and interact with the environment is fundamental to daily activities, social and interactive skills, and quality of life.  From children in Manila to Michigan, cerebral palsy and other movement disorders challenge mobility on a daily basis around the world. Globally innovative and potentially life-changing, presenters will unveil new motion analysis systems that use low-cost and gaming technology to precisely track the movements of patients during mobility and everyday activities.

Workshop: Keeping it Real: Illusions of Equality and Justice on College Campuses

Monday, May 18, 2015

A workshop not to be missed! This interactive session utilizes the documentary film, If These Halls Could Talk, and research recommendations as tools to engage participants in small group discussions.

Workshop: Ready to Respond: How to Include People with Disabilities in your emergency Preparedness Plan!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Recent climate changes and resulting natural disasters are disproportionately affecting persons with disabilities. Including persons with disabilities in disaster preparedness is critical. Are you including everyone in your emergency preparedness (EP) plans? Come to this interactive workshop given by certified trainers with disabilities and project staff from the University of Hawaii - Center on Disability Studies and learn how to include persons with disabilities in natural disaster planning.

Workshop: Redefining Leadership: Race and Culture Based Leadership Training

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This interactive session introduces a leadership training program that views the individual’s race and cultural heritage as foundational to their leadership style and assets as a leader and assets as a leader. Participants experience three activities utilized for the training and a discussion of findings from one cohort of students that experienced it.

“Let Me Speak”: Healing and Transformation through Art

Monday, March 26, 2012

We at times find ourselves feeling disconnected, isolated and misunderstood. This often speaks to our lack of community. Art is not often recognized as a form of community building or strengthening of the self or as a means of social change. This workshop seeks to offer the art process as an agent of social change. The workshop will illuminate how the art process is expansive enough to explore multiple realities, yet intimate enough to provide safety.

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.

Law, Disability & Society

Building an Inclusive and Equitable Society for All

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Law, Disability & Society Building inclusive societies starts from within our families, communities, local and national governments. When we are building our Pacific today and in years to come, we want to build a beautiful and inclusive Pacific where everyone are not left behind. Let us build an inclusive Pacific for everyone and with everyone. Person is an important principle of a village and every person must celebrate and demand inclusiveness. Everyone must be the voice to discuss what affects them and what changes they want to see, and called for effective partnerships to achieve progress. We all can make the change we want in the community.

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.

Living Well

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living Well TIME: Wednesday, 10:50 am - 12:20 pm 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.

Chow Integrated Healing System/Chow Medical Qigong

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living Well Today's Medical care is compartmentalized and is failing as an effective health care system. Many prominent physicians have referred to our health care system now as "A Sick Care Monitoring System.” It divides physical, mental/emotional, spiritual factors which in cultural systems of care they are integrally related in the care of the whole person. Combining Traditional Chinese Medicine/Qigong with modern health principles, The Chow Integrated Healing System (CIHS) of mind/body/spirit solicits remarkable instantaneous results where western medicine and other methods have failed in all situations particularly with the elderly, for wellness, diseases, pain, disabilities and rehabilitation. Learn Qi/life-energy whole health practices to heal oneself (self-help) and others. In this workshop, emphasis will be on the integrated and total holistic approach to natural healing using the ancient Chinese concept of Qi-energy or the life force. Individuals will learn through observing the demonstration of and experiencing the various ways of energy healing particularly through Qigong.

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.

Forum: Aging with Dignity

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living Well Using current research from AARP, this session will provide insights and advice on using research to advocate for older adults with disabilities. Three distinct topics will be covered in this session: Caregivers with disabilities, consumer fraud, and important community features to older adults who have a disability.

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.

Social Justice and Systems Repair: Transforming and Sustaining Health Systems to Address Disabilities through Cultural Accountability and Integrative Care

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living Well As a nation of increasing cultural diversity, we continue in a period of dynamic health and mental health care transformation. The growth of cultural, ethnic, racial and linguistic (CERL) communities invigorates service systems to integrate culturally recognized practices into health services including behavioral, mental health treatment. Mental health disabilities have now become increasingly recognized.

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.

Employment and Disability

Employment Forum and Day for Employment Specialists

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Employment and Disability

According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 386 million of the global working-age population live with disability, and unemployment is up to 80 percent for this group in some countries. For persons with disabilities and for workers who become disabled on the job, access to employment is often hindered by discriminatory practices and attitudes. Many individuals with disability are further burdened with an interrelated set of disadvantages involving education, health and economic class.

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.

Justice for All Regardless of Disabilities: Universal Design Strategies

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

K-12 Education for All Universal Design (UD) extends beyond accessible materials. It includes classroom activities that enrich the learning process. In teaching pedagogy UD best practices include multi-modal teaching techniques that appeal to an array of different learning styles and multiple intelligences. No subject lends itself better to a UD curriculum than topics around culture and disability. Rather than simply designing for an “average” student, UD stretches instruction for all potential students with a wide range of diversity in regards to race, ethnicity, class, language, disability or different ability, leading style, and more. Universal design provides opportunities to go beyond simple compliance to creatively demonstrate inclusiveness and multi-model teaching for diverse learners. It is an investment for creating a rich, ongoing learning community committed to supporting each other even beyond the classroom.

Our Reading Toolbox: Bring Learning Alive through Thinking-centered Education

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

K-12 Education for All We invite you to experience how you can create a “Culture of Thinking” in your classroom or workplace by using Our Reading Toolbox. You will acquire tools and strategies that can stimulate students’ independent thinking so they can understand what they read and express their own ideas about that reading through writing. Experience the use of effective thinking-centered tools designed to foster high-quality thinking and dialogue. This Toolboxstimulates independent thinking, bringing deep, personal comprehension in reading, and expression of thoughts through writing. By creating this learning environment, more students will complete their course successfully when compared to departmental averages. Moreover, students will show a more favorable attitude toward learning because they find value and relevance in linking the course concepts to their real world applications.

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.

Truth, Justice and the Pono Way

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

K-12 Education for All Tuesday, 1:10 pm - 2:40 pm, Honolulu 2, TAPA The Annual E Ola Pono Campaign encourages Hawaii’s youth to create campaigns that promote Peace and Pono in their schools and communities. Pono –the Hawaiian guiding principal of how to live with respect for all people and in harmony with all things. For nearly a decade Hawaii’s youth in schools and community organizations from every Island have participated in the E Ola Pono Initiative. The Pono Campaign is a cultural, pro-active response to dealing with issues of harassment and bullying. Youth have the most power to positively influence behaviors of peers and student-driven campaigns have proven to be effective and sustaining. In this seminar, participants will discover the impact incorporating pono as a way of "being" can transform ourselves, our relationships with others and the ripple effect can create safe, nurturing schools, youth organizations & thriving, healthy communities.

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.

Technologies for All

Section 508 Accessibility Training for Digital Content Compliance

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Technologies for All This workshop showcases topics and strategies for making your organization Section 508 compliant from the Center on Disabilities (CDS) Media Center. Creating accessible content, using accessibility checkers, making alternative formats for graphic intensive displays, and implementing accessibility policies, will highlight this interactive workshop with participants giving real life situations and content for demonstrating best practices in becoming Section 508 compliant.

TechnoOutreach: An Innovative Approach to Outreach through Technology

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Technologies for All Across our broad-based community of stakeholders, we are witnessing similar trends of shrinking in-person participation at events. To increase our reach and impact, we have developed strategies that combine social media and inter-agency collaboration. The most significant aspects of these strategies are their low cost and ease of implementation. The availability of free online streaming tools is dramatically reshaping information delivery and interaction with targeted audiences. Delivery of information through social media is a supported practice that addresses the needs of diverse groups in an appropriate and affordable way.


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.