Conference Events


Oct 9 2017 to Oct 10 2017

The first-ever literary showcase at Pac Rim brings together writers and readers to celebrate storytelling, literacy and the creative spirit. Book Pavilion is a curated engagement of illuminating conversations at the intersections of disability, diversity and wordcraft.

In an intimate salon-style setting, book lovers will explore recent writing from award-winning, bestselling and emerging literary voices in fiction and nonfiction alike. Our lineup features author presentations, panel discussions, dramatic readings, poetry jams, cooking demos, memoir writing workshops and more.

This year’s mini-fest sequel is one for the books. For the first time in our conference history, we’ll be screening films under the stars! Join us on the evenings of Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10 for must-see cinema outside at The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The rest of our carefully curated slate will unspool inside the hotel. But whether indoors or out, expect the best in current documentary and fiction film-making exploring themes of disability and diversity, together with expert commentary and lively audience participation.

Oct 9 2017

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Oct 10 2017

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.
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.
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.


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