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The Punch-In employment course is great way to get started or expand your career search. It is a completely free! The course is online and moderated by experts in the field. You can also set up your own course group.


  • Assistive Technology Basics

    March 12, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm – online

    Feeling overwhelmed by assistive technology? You are not alone. JAN takes thousands of calls every year involving employees with assistive technology needs. With so many options, knowing where to sta

    Organized by The Job Accommodation Network | Type: webinar


Blog Posts

Revisiting Speechify: Why, Because Everyone Should Know About It!

I introduced you to Cliff Weitzman, the creator of Speechify, and his text-to-speech applications in July of 2017. I was excited to share information about his product because Speechify created its own niche in the text-to-speech realm. It simply read text aloud, any text. It was easy to use, offered high-quality voices, and read digital text that other text-to-speech readers did not identify without having to process additional steps. Did I mention it was free? It was available for Mac,…


Posted by Erika J. Kluge on February 15, 2019 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

All About The Resources

Life, in all its glory and wonder, can be quite confusing. As I have been confined to the bounds of my apartment for days, due to the ferocious winter landscape of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, I cannot help but appreciate the solitude and comfort of being able to work from home. Somehow, I found a position that has set me up for success. The trick now is finding a way to improve and master my operation as an employee. I find that seeking the ultimate resources is the way to go.



Posted by Thabiso Rowan on February 13, 2019 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

Employment Tips: Assistive Technology

As a person with a physical disability, there are a myriad of things that I need to think about and plan for in my daily life. This includes my personal life, my mobility, my education, and even my career. I may need to adjust the way I complete tasks, get to a destination, complete my schoolwork, or navigate my place of employment. Any workplace that I am hired at will have to accommodate me to their best of their ability--enter Assistive Technology (AT)…


Posted by Adrienne Kleinman on February 11, 2019 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

Speech-to-Speech--Using A Telephone Independently

Speech-to-Speech--Using A Telephone Independently

Speech-to-Speech (STS) is a Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). This is a service allowing persons with hearing or speech limitations to access the telephone to place and receive calls. STS enables persons with a speech disability to make telephone calls using their own voice or an assistive voice device. A caller may use a communication device such as a Tobii or Dynavox. Speech-to-Speech uses…


Posted by Jennifer Mundl on February 7, 2019 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Interview With Nick Wilkie

Nick Wilkie Nick Wilkie has devoted his career to working in the Human Services field. The last 12 years he has been employed by the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL), working as a Transition Specialist, then shifting to Advocacy within Public Policy. Currently, he is heading the promotion, outreach, and teaching of a new…


Posted by Adrienne Kleinman on February 4, 2019 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Assistive Technology Professional Internship

Disney Professional Internships Starting Fall 2019

This position provides technical support for the implementation and sustainment of Disney developed Assistive Technology services for Guests with Disabilities at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Assistive Technology services are Assistive Listening, Handheld Captioning, Video Captioning, Reflective Captioning, and Audio Description Partner and interact with various…


Posted by Janet - Great Lakes ADA Center on January 29, 2019 at 11:03am — 2 Comments



Career Articles

First Day on the Job: Make a Great Impression Without Coming on Too Strong

It's your first day on the job, and you want to make a great impression on your supervisor and coworkers. This is an understandable urge, but you must be careful. You don't want to come on too strong — like a person wearing so much perfume or cologne you can smell them before you see them. You don't want to be that person, metaphorically — and literally! — speaking. The following tips will help you strike the right balance between being impressive and being ...

5 Easy Ways Stand Out to Employers

Last summer, Geoffrey Owens, once a regular on the legendary Cosby Show, was seen working a — *gulp* — regular job at Trader Joe's. The press quickly ran with the story, and people around the world began making negative comments about Owens's situation. Owens ended up quitting his job because of all the unwanted attention. However, there was a silver lining in all of this: Tyler Perry invited Owens to ...

How to Get Back to Peak Performance

No matter how badly you want to get your job done, you just aren't feeling inspired. Maybe you're bored with the work. Maybe company politics are disrupting your concentration. Maybe you feel you are not making the difference you aspire to make in the world. Whatever the cause, being uninspired on the job is not unusual, but it is frustrating. Time becomes your adversary, responsibilities pile up, and getting anything done feels impossible. How do you get back to

It's Time to Break Up With Your Job

Happy Valentine's Day! It's time to end that toxic eight-hour-a-day relationship. You wouldn't put up with all the negativity in a romantic partner. Why are you putting up with it at work? Every February, I write a column about why it's important to love your job. This year, however, I've decided to take a different approach. I'm going to encourage you to break it off with your job — provided, of ...

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