Your self-directed employment assistant
Jen Mundl is certified as an Assistive Technology Practitioner and holds a masters degree in Special Education along with an undergraduate in computer engineering. It is a unique match of skills emphasizing the technology area along with the communication skills required by a teacher and in this case working with a wide variety of different disabilities.
Jen Mundl has worked at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for over 25 years where she was the Lead Assistive Technology for the organization where she performs Vocational and Academic evaluations in determining assistive technology which can lead to employment or ability to attend a postsecondary education opportunity. There is a transitional rehabilitation program at Courage Kenny in which the residents come from a variety of hospitals and learning how to able to return to their previous life and utilizing assistive technology to do so.
She now has taken a new job path after leaving Courage Institute for more freelance and independent work career. Under the MA-EPD program, she works to maintain benefits and to inform individuals about the benefits and usefulness of accessibility and assistive technology.
She has presented at both local and national conferences. This includes Closing the Gap, Rehabilitation Society of North America, Assistive Technology Industry Association, and the Governors Initiative for implementing reasonable accommodations into all environments.
There are many recommendations for communication between the hearing and the people who are part of the deaf/blind community. It is wise to talk with someone about communication prior to meeting the person for the first time when not possible, the following are some recommendations for communicating between the hearing and non-hearing community.
Posted on November 30, 2018 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments
Learning about the latest information about the ADA and disability is important for everyone. The following resources are some opportunities at no cost for you to explore and learn. Assistive technology is included in all of the websites and resources. Enjoy.
Disability Hub Training
Christopher Reeve Foundation and assistive technology for spinal cord injury
Attitude Magazine for webinars for individuals with learning disabilities
ASL training opportunities
Posted on November 16, 2018 at 9:48am — 4 Comments
ITunes and Apple products once had the market for products with built-in accommodations but with increased awareness and ease of access has created a competitive market. Whether you are looking for visual accommodations such as voice output or typing strategies for one-handed skills, they are included in tablets, cell phones, and all android technologies. In addition, there is Google docs and the Play Store which are promoting inclusion.
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides with Google Internet Accessibility Options
Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation program. They are part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The three apps are available as web applications, and as mobile apps for Android and iOS. The apps are compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The suite consists of Google Forms, Google Drawings and Google Fusion Tables. The service automatically saves documents and keep them all coordinated. Everywhere you are working will update automatically in the cloud base environment. Google Chrome and Google services have expanded their disability services making their products work for a variety of needs. Voice-recognition, voice output, learning disability implementation, auditory options, keyboarding changes and similar options available on the PC or Macintosh computers built into Google docs.
There are benefits to using the Google chrome docs for people with disabilities. It works with most accessibility options and software. Google docs announced that their software will work with JAWS screen reader, built-in Windows accessibility options and special keyboards. It is wonderful that you have access to your documents anywhere there is Internet access, it will automatically save your documents, and many colleges are exclusively using the Google drive and documents with…Continue
Posted on October 29, 2018 at 10:31am — 4 Comments
Amazon Echo and Google Home are two environmental control units that allow for voice control of your home and searching the Internet along with music operation. Amazon Echo and Google Home are affordable and expandable assistive technology options. For under $200, an environmental control environment is set up with basic functions. For each device in your home that you want to control, it will cost an additional $15-30 for a smart device controller.
Amazon Echo (known in-development as Doppler or Project D and shortened and referred to as Echo) is a smart speaker developed by Amazon.com. The device consists of a 9.25-inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.
Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the GoogleAssistant. This is a simple device in which a voice request triggers Google Home to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora and TuneIn. (Google Staff, 2016). It was created and released in November 2016.
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Posted on September 5, 2018 at 8:00am — 4 Comments
Your phone is a useful tool for job searching, and almost every job seeker is using a mobile device in some way for job hunting. In 2015, Indeed reported that 50% of site traffic comes from mobile devices. In 2016, Snagajob reported that 72 percent of hourly employee respondents use a mobile phone to find and apply for jobs (Doyle, 2018).
Even though many people use their phone for some component of job hunting, mobile job searching doesn't always translate into mobile job applications. That's because the application process can be lengthy on a site that isn't designed for mobile job applications.
There can be pages of information you'll have to enter to apply. If you use a job board or job search engine, they may have a process in place where you can seamlessly apply. Otherwise, it can be simpler to keep track of the job and apply from your home computer.
This is a good process to follow so that you know who you have applied with and who has responded. The contacts should be documented in a table or spreadsheet as well.
One way is:
|Company||Department Human Resources||Manager||Time/Day|
Even if you opt not to apply on your phone, and job seekers are three times more likely to apply for a job from a computer than a phone, you can still effectively use your smartphone for job hunting. There are many apps for iPhones, iPads and Android phones that make it easy to look for jobs, and there are other tools you can use to job hunt using your phone. Here's how to utilize mobile devices to enhance and expedite your job search.
Posted on July 19, 2018 at 8:00am — 4 Comments
Dragon Naturally Speaking Command Cheat Sheet
Pause before and after commands but not within them.
Control the Microphone
Go to sleep
Give me help
What can I say
Dragon sidebar help
Search Dragon Help for…
Search the Computer
Search the computer for…
Search documents for…
Search e-mail for…
Gmail and Hotmail
Open top site for Gmail/Hotmail
Show site commands
Click hide commands
Posted on February 9, 2018 at 2:37pm
Using Word with NaturallySpeaking
Go to Sleep
Caps On/Caps Off
All Caps On/All Caps Off
No Caps On/No Caps Off
Tab or Tab Key
Go to Bottom
Go to Top
Switch to Previous Window
Switch to Next Window
Switch to <Program Name>
Selecting and Correcting
Select <Word or Phrase>
Select <Word> Through <Word>
Correct <Word or Phrase>
Click <Menu Choice>
Press <Name of Key>
Move Mouse <1-10> <Direction>
Mouse Double Click
Mouse Right Click
Microsoft Word Commands
Open A Document
Close The Document
Add Page Number
Insert a Page Break
Insert a Table X by X
Set Font Bold
Set Font Italic
Set Font Underline
Format That Bold
Format That Italic
Format That Underline
Set Font Color to <Color>
Set Size <4-120>
Center or Center…
Posted on January 23, 2018 at 9:37am
Voice Recognition Purchasing Recommendations
Products for Voice Recognition
Posted on January 10, 2018 at 1:44pm — 1 Comment
Power of Your Voice: Part Two
Accuracy and Commitment
Your voice is a powerful tool which can empower you. It promotes independence by accessing the environment or writes passages of text. This is vital when there is a spinal cord injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, brain injury, or a learning disability. It is not an option for everyone. This resource explains the pros and cons of voice control programs. This a series of articles around utilizing voice-recognition and voice activation.
Part One -- Reaching for the Stars
Part Two -- Accuracy and Commitment
Part Three -- Look Mom, No Hands
Part Four -- It Doesn't Have To be DragonNaturally Speaking
Part Five -- Environmental Aids of Daily Living is a Word
Reaching for the Stars –
You are ready to begin speaking to your computer and see the words appear on your screen. There are many opportunities to use this software on laptops, desktops, chrome books, Apple computers, tablet,
With voice-recognition, these are the basic recommendations from Nuance website, however, it is suggested to purchase more power as you will be running different software packages on top of it in each will require you to have more RAM to prevent it from lagging behind what is spoken and when it will write it on the screen.
Minimum System Requirements:
Starting from The Beginning
Being Informed before Spending All of Your Dollars
Training a Voice File
Where Do I…Continue
Posted on January 5, 2018 at 2:33pm
Photomath allows you to take a picture of a math equation with your cell phone and have it calculate the answer. best yet, it is free to use and I've tried it with 100% accuracy. You van find out more about it at this site: https://photomath.net/en/
Posted on December 20, 2017 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment