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Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) is conducting a study improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities, outcomes such as job satisfaction and job retention.
The study is focused on Universal Design. Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or…
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In this podcast episode, The Niche Movement founder Kevin O’Connell interviews contributing editor Jessica Lutz. Jessica describes herself as “a directionless soul turned writer and podcaster with a penchant for helping others work through periods of uncertainty and potential change.” She is a writer and podcaster and her content can be found on her website overcomingunderemployment.com.
There are two types of people in the world—those that like to talk about themselves, and those that don’t. Of course, it can depend on the situation—or who it’s concerning—but generally it can be difficult for someone to make a concrete list of attributes, qualities, etc. that describes who they are in a positive light. When you’re applying for a job and meeting with potential employers, the act itself beckons you to create clarity in regards to who you are as a person and how much of an…Continue
Recently I noticed that I spend a lot of time thinking about the best way to use my time; and I wanted to share a few tips and tricks that I use to manage my time:
Thabiso Rowan identifies as a free spirited, out-of-the-box thinker. After enduring a spinal cord injury in June 2011, he received an Associate Degree of Human Services. His current occupation is Options Counselor at Disability Hub MN, where he assists people with disabilities -- and their caregivers and…Continue
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…Continue
I was born with a condition called mitochondria myopathy, a condition called that tires my muscles easily and feels like everyday I run a marathon. I have to really conserve my energy as some days I wake up and have 60% energy and other days I have only 40% energy. I am only able to work part time because of it. Then compounding that I was in a car accident in which I developed dystonia, a movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and movements.…Continue
We’ve all been there—applied to a job that we were very qualified for, and then never heard back. Generally that applies to jobs in which you haven’t directly spoken with a recruiter, but more or less when you submit a resume and cover letter to an online application portal. A huge part of why the majority of individuals don’t ever hear back from a job is because of a concept called, Resume Black Hole—or, that cyber void that seemingly swallows up the resumes of perfectly qualified…Continue
Apple introduced Screen Time with iOS 12. My first thoughts brought apocalyptic premonitions regarding allowance and provision of Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad) technology products for many within the youth culture. Parents and educators can now easily review when and how long apps are used. Apple even created beautifully readable charts to diagram when and the duration the device and apps were used for helpful categories like: social; reading and…Continue
The Niche Movement Founder Kevin O’Connell returns to podcasting with Dustin Ramsdell to discuss working for yourself, building personal brands, and establishing careers in higher education.
Dustin started his digital reputation with Higher Ed Geek Blog before getting involved with higher education as a career path. After graduate school and working for a few years, Dustin was hired at 2U where he worked until…Continue
After many weeks, months, or years of searching for employment, accepting an offer of employment is often a relief. In the past I have celebrated this occasion as an end to a period of financial stress and uncertainty. However, this wave of relief can be short-lived if your new job ends up being a “bad fit” for a variety of reasons. You may not have seen the dangerous working conditions, toxic supervisors, cynical coworkers, hectic unpredictability, or…Continue
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Sandy Adkins, Ed.D. is the Transition Coordinator at Prospect…Continue
My last article was about how I use Notability to take notes in my classes. Now I will focus on how I keep track of assignments and exams. My app-based solution is called MyHomework. The MyHomework app is incredibly easy to use. To set up the app you add your classes. Then you add your homework and tests, MyHomework automatically lists your assignments and tests by…Continue
Diego Mariscal is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Disabled Officer behind the nonprofit startup 2Gether-International— directly supports entrepreneurs with disabilities. At the age of 26 he has already created Limitless Prepa Tec (a disability education program that benefits students in Monterrey Mexico), is a…Continue
We all agree that a diverse workforce is beneficial for companies – but how do companies know how to include all types of employees, especially those with hidden disabilities. You may have heard about high profile companies that hire specific disabilities. But for the most part we are applying to and working at companies that are still learning what disabilities are. This is especially challenging to those of us with hidden disabilities as employers and…Continue
Today it is getting more and more popular to start a business. More and more people are starting a business and especially those of us with a disability it is easy for us to think that if we can't hold down a job why not start a business, but where do we start. If you have a hobby or a specific skill set why not start there. Take out a piece of paper and pen and start brainstorming what skills you can make into a business. You may have the next great idea that could turn into a business.…Continue
There are several iPad apps to annotate PDFs/documents; however, for the most part, they simulate marking up the actual paperwork version. LiquidText for the iPad, along with the Apple Pencil, enhances the concept into a new generation of markup tools for reviewing and annotating PDF files, web pages, and Word and PowerPoint documents.
Ok, so let us imagine we need to read several articles for a paper we need to write or for a project we need to pitch at a work meeting. If we…Continue
In this podcast, a George Washington University student Adrian Oliver, interviewed The Niche Movement founder Kevin O’Connell for an informational interview as part of their First Year Leadership Development course.
In this interview, Kevin talks about how his interest in entrepreneurship began in college, and how FYN Creative (Find Your Niche Creative) came to be. Kevin shares what it is like to be an entrepreneur working for yourself, with the both the rewards and difficulties it…Continue
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Over the last couple months we have covered various topics related to the resume. We’ve covered types of resume layouts and templates, how to be succinct and keep your resume at a shorter length, and now this month we will go over how the usage of powerful language can truly enhance the way a potential employer views your experiences.
When the hiring managers of any given company are given a stack of resumes…Continue