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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.