Pac Rim Workshops and Seminars


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.