‘Sus­tain­Abil­ity’ Drives Pa­cific Rim Fo­rum

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - IS­LAND MAT­TERS

If we aren’t liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity, or don’t know some­one who is dis­abled, we soon will.

Ac­cord­ing to Univer­sity of - ity, 15 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion has dis­abil­i­ties, and they make up a dis­pro­por­tion­ate share of those bur­dened with poverty, op­pres­sion and marginal­iza­tion. the rest of the na­tion, a rapidly ag­ing pop­u­la­tion is plac­ing se­niors at great risk of chronic ill­ness and dis­abil­ity.

Bol­ster­ing the qual­ity of life and bring­ing dig­nity and jus­tice for peo­ple with di­verse needs is the goal of the 33rd an­nual Pa­cific Rim In­terna - will be held Oct. 9-11 at The Mod­ern Honolulu and Hil­ton Beach Re­sort.

With the clever theme of “Sus­tain­Abil­ity,” the gath­er­ing will fea­ture lead­ers and ad­vo­cates from many sec­tors to share ideas and make a com­mit­ment to tak­ing the steps ur­gently needed to ad­dress the needs of the dis­abled.

The con­fer­ence pro­gram will in­clude more than 200 sem­i­nars, work­shops and special events to en­cour­age net­work­ing, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, re­search and per­sonal growth. Top­ics will range from ed­u­ca­tion re­form to new de­vel­op­ments in as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy, to elim­i­nat­ing poverty. Key­note speak­ers Kishi­moto, and Mi­cro­soft lead designer Kat Holmes.

- says, “Our great­est chal­lenge of the 21st cen­tury is not merely to sur­vive ever-more­a­cute chal­lenges in a glob­al­ized world. Rather, we must en­sure that all peo­ples sus­tain in their to­tal­ity, not merely the pow­er­ful at the ex­pense of the marginal­ized.”

One of the at­trac­tions of Book Pavil­ion at The Mod­ern Honolulu from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9-10. Ad­mis­sion for the pub­lic is $25 per day and is sep­a­rate from the con­fer­ence. The Book Pavil­ion theme is “Read­abil­ity,” a cel­e­bra­tion of lit­er­ary arts that opens the pages on sto­ries by and about peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and di­verse iden­ti­ties.

The pavil­ion’s keynot­ers in­clude nu­mer­ous lit­er­ary lu­mi­nar­ies: au­thor and neu . who wrote the best­seller Into the Magic Shop: A Neu­ro­sur­geon’s Quest to Dis­cover the Mys­ter­ies of the Brain and the Se­crets of the Heart; blog­ger and scholar Jes­sica Fech­tor, au­thor of the mem­oir Stir: My Bro­ken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home; and Tom di Maria, au­thor of The Cre­ative Growth Book: From the Out­side to the In­side: Artists with Dis­abil­i­ties Today.

There will be work­shops for fledg­ling writ­ers and how-to ses­sions on pol­ish­ing - ning mem­oirs and screen­writi ng. Other s e s s i ons i nclude a po­etry- writ­ing mas­ter class, a lit­er­acy sem­i­nar and over­com­ing com­mon writer pit­falls.

Work­shop lead­ers are ac­claimed pub­lish­ing pro­fes­sion­als from far and near, in over a panel about dis­abil­ity themes in comic book cul­ture. Other lo­cal lit­er­ary con­trib­u­tors in­clude UH nov­el­ist Shawna Yang Ryan and ac­com­plished nov­el­ist Vic pro­gram list­ings can be found at pacrim.hawaii.edu/events/ book-pavil­ion.

Also part of the con­fer­ence is the celebrity-packed Pac - tival, show­cas­ing ac­claimed movies that spur dis­cus­sion of di­ver­sity.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a free, all-day “Ag­ing with ex­plore how to cre­ate vi­able com­mu­ni­ties for older adults. This event will be on Oct. 11 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

well-put-to­gether event go a long way to­wards rais­ing the saliency of the im­por- tance of the needs of the dis­abled and the phys­i­cally chal­lenged — some­thing that can’t be stressed enough in a state such as ours, noted for its sen­si­tiv­ity and com­pas­sion for every­one re­gard­less of our age, back­ground, eth­nic­ity or cir­cum­stances. For more in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion, go to pacrim. hawaii.edu. Char­ity Walk Closes With A Bang

- at Ala Moana Ho­tel, with 128 char­i­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing funds. Sev­eral first-time par­tic­i­pants made their mark as top fundrais­ers this year, in­clud­ing Youth for PTSO and sec­ond-year par - nity Ac­tion Pro­gram. They also brought large numbers of walk­ers and vol­un­teers to the walk, and thus their ef­forts were re­warded when they re­ceived the largest grants that were dis­trib­uted.

Statewide, this year’s walk was an­other record-break­ing year, rais­ing $2.27 mil­lion for 363 char­i­ties across the state. We de­buted an on­line crowd­fund­ing plat­form this year, and look for­ward to top­ping our record again in May 2018, as we em­bark upon our 40th year. Since our amassed over $32 mil­lion to or­ga­ni­za­tions.

(Back, from left) HLTA chair­man Glenn Ver­gara, the au­thor and HLTA chair­man Scott Ing­w­ers present a check to Deb­bie Lun­ning (front, left) and Dan Ko of Youth for Christ USA.

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