Pac Rim Workshops and Seminars


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Growing Pono 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.

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:

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: 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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.