Center on Disability Studies Presents 20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities

Nationally renowned speakers to highlight opportunities for persons with disabilities

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Heather Wong, (808) 956-6219
College of Education
Posted: Feb 11, 2004

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s Center on Disability Studies invites the public to attend its 20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities—PacRim 2004—March 29-30 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Since the first conference in 1985, this premier event has grown to attract participants from across the Asia-Pacific region to hear from renowned experts in a variety of disciplines on the latest advancements and resources available for persons with disabilities.

This being the 20th anniversary of the conference, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye is serving as honorary chairman and will welcome participants with a video message at the opening of the conference on Monday, March 29. Keynote addresses will be given by Dr. Patricia A. Morrissey of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Dr. David Braddock of the University of Colorado System. Morrissey is the commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities of DHHS and oversees four discretionary grant programs authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Services and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. Braddock is associate vice president for the University of Colorado System and has contributed to cognitive disability research, public health and social policy for more than 35 years.

The theme of this year‘s conference, "Promises to Keep, Futures to Seek," reflects on the promises and goals made and the opportunities created for persons with disabilities. Topics focused on throughout the conference reflect issues of importance and current trends throughout the Pacific Rim relating to persons with disabilities—Lifelong Inclusion in Education and Community; Technology Across the Ages; Parent Partnerships and Family Supports; Employment and Adult Services; and Body, Mind and Spirit.

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