Pac Rim Workshops and Seminars


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.

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.

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:

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.

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!

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

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.

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:

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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