CONNECT to the only Conference on Disability and Diversity in the Pacific. Backed by 35 years of experience Pac Rim is widely recognized as an international and diverse gathering. Participants represent disability; share the human experiences associated with disability; increase understanding through interdisciplinary research and best practice, and provide action plans to address social needs. Our goal is to harness the innovation and knowledge building that are occurring globally, to shape an informed collective that empowers individuals with disabilities, their families, and invigorates those who serve.
Research suggests that individuals with disabilities need specific training and supports; employers and human resources staff need help understanding reasonable accommodations; accessible and reliable transportation in needed communities, and expectations for employment must be raised. Connect participants to training, supports, resources and policies to employ individual with disabilities.
With shortages of certified special education teachers, inappropriate student-to-teacher ratios, and classrooms with diverse-abilities, students with special needs don’t always receive the necessary individualized supports to facilitate their learning, development, and transitions. Connect participants to new knowledge, strategies and action to enhance education in diverse classrooms.
The transition to adulthood is challenging for any young person, but particularly so for youth with disabilities. Many factors influence a successful transition, these include the type and severity of impairment, environmental barriers and supports, personal characteristics, socioeconomic status, and expectations. Connect participants to strategies that prepare students with disabilities for the new demands of adulthood and help them create a vision for their future.
Inclusion is involvement and empowerment for all people who, regardless of their diverse-abilities, are respected, and participate in their neighborhoods—at work and play—with peers. An inclusive community promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members. Connect participants to models of practice and systems of supports that build strengths; accommodate learning and working styles; foster involvement and build relationships.