RELEASE New York Conference on Disability & Latinos Attracts
Government, Advocacy and Business Leadership
Approximately 225 Latinos, disability rights specialists, service
providers and an impressive array of leaders drawn from the government
and business communities participated in the second annual "Bridges
to Employment" conference to explore opportunities for Latinos with
disabilities. The conference - organized by Proyecto Visi�n,
National Technical Assistance Center - was held August 6-9
Bridges to Employment for Latinos with Disabilities:
the 2003 Proyecto Visión Conference
This year's Proyecto Visión
National Training Conference, held August 6-9, enabled approximately
225 registered participants to gather together in Manhattan, New
York, to exchange knowledge, advice, and resources for helping Latinos
with disabilities find employment.
Dr. Robert Pasternack Says Hiring
Employees with Disabilities Makes Good Business Sense
There are many reasons why the unemployment rate
among people with disabilities is as high as 70 percent, says Dr.
Robert Pasternack, Assistant Secretary in the Office of Special
Education and Rehabilitation Services in the U.S. Department of
Education. But disability itself is not necessarily one of them.
Policy, Programs and Resources highlighted
by Dr. Roy Grizzard, Assistant
Secretary of Disability Employment Policy
"People with disabilities encounter barriers when looking
for jobs," Grizzard told Proyecto Visión conference
participants in Manhattan during his plenary presentation. "We
want to tear down those barriers." He is hoping that the new
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) can help by creating
and implementing creative policies that provide practical solutions.
Breaks Down the ADA in English, Spanish
At the Proyecto Visión conference, Gonzalez delivered an
educational presentation on the legal rights of employees and job
seekers with disabilities under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities
reports on Disability Initiatives of the U.S. Department of Defense
During her plenary presentation, Cohen told conference participants
that CAP was established in 1990 after someone pointed out to President
Clinton that, if he truly supported hiring people with disabilities
in the Department of Defense, he needed to provide funding for it.