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Employment Tips: Apply What You Know

Whenever we start a new job, we bring with us the accumulated experience of our past positions of employment — and even skills we’ve acquired in our own personal life. All of those moments add up to make us into the person we are today, and the individual that will be joining the team, or crew, or group at any given new place of work. Applying what you already know is an excellent way to bring an edge with you into your new, or current, workplace.…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 1, 2019 at 6:24pm — No Comments

The Change Game

Spring has sprung, and change is in the air! The plants are activating, the creatures have stopped hibernating, and the heat is very motivating. Working at a disability resource center has taught me a lot about Spring and how it brings about change. One of the biggest subjects that I work with this time of year is housing. Now that it is warming up people are starting to think about transitioning and moving to someplace that fits their needs. The big underlying factor in terms of housing is…

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Added by Thabiso Rowan on April 29, 2019 at 4:49pm — 1 Comment

Clear Sight Low Vision Kit

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on April 27, 2019 at 4:03pm — No Comments

independence for deaf and HOH in cell phones

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on April 27, 2019 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Interview With Kianna Lehman

Kianna Lehman has been a receptionist at Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) for almost 5 years. She enjoys her job because of how she gets to be of assistance to those who have disabilities such as herself. Her background is in Business and Management.

You had mentioned that your…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 26, 2019 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Accessible Location

Over the years I have gone to countless interviews. Some of these meetings took place in quaint non profits or super hip production houses, while others were in big corporations that were within glistening skyscrapers. The majority of my meetings and interviews with prospective employees went off without a hitch, but some had complications. These issues sprang from lack of an accessible location.

One of the first things I do when I get an offer…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 1, 2019 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Interview With Michelle Vrieze

Michelle Vrieze spent several years working in the education field, and then went back to school for her Master’s Degree in Human Services. Currently she works as a Staffing Specialist for MCIL -- meaning that she matches clients with PCA’s in order that their personal care and homemaking needs are met. Read on to learn more about Michelle!

How did you get started at MCIL as a Personal Assistant Staffing Specialist? What…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 31, 2019 at 4:04am — No Comments

New Beginnings

Welcome to the beginning of your new life! This phrase can mean something different for each

individual person. When you repeat this phrase to yourself it might invoke excitement, or maybe this

phrase invokes fear. Maybe the phrase doesn’t relate to you at all. Maybe you feel stuck in your life and

you do not foresee any new beginnings on your path. Let’s take it back a step and look at what might be

the “beginning” of your new life. What if you could start your…

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Added by Thabiso Rowan on March 26, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Illegal Questions

The hiring process can be a stressful time for anyone. There’s a lot to think about and consider: fine tuning your resume, gathering references, creating a convincing cover letter, and submitting your application. Next in line comes the offer for the interview—the applicant’s time to really showcase to their potential employer why they’re a great fit. As you get ready for the interview, there’s a few things that you should consider and be aware…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 18, 2019 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Trello- A Tool for Project Management & Task Lists

Trello is a free cloud-based website that also offers an Android and iOS app. It is a fabulous tool whether you decide to use it alone or to use it for team collaborative projects. Here are some Trello basics:

 

Boards:

Boards can be described as a whiteboard where you create a project and keep information. Here are some examples one might create as boards:

            Students- create a board for…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on March 15, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Abilities Expo in Chicago

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on March 14, 2019 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Words Wound

Words Wound helps teach young people about cyberbullying. It is a free resource for everyone interested in the topic. You can read it online and get helpful ideas to promote a safe environment.

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on March 14, 2019 at 4:54pm — No Comments

The Sweet Sound of Clear Noise

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on March 10, 2019 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Interview With Mary Kay Walch

Mary Kay Mary Kay Walch, director of sales and marketing at BlueSky Designs, has worked in the assistive technology

industry for more than 30 years. Improving product design and life for individuals with disabilities. Educating

families, therapists, teachers and suppliers. Her specialty is improving accessibility and independence…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 4, 2019 at 11:12am — 3 Comments

Verbose- A More Powerful Tool for Vision and Learning Disabilities

Verbose is a text to speech program which will read text or saved documents. Voice settings allows changes to speed, pitch and volume of the speech engine voice.  Converts text to voice or saves as mp3 to play later or save for a later time. There is a professional and a free version of Verbose. The professional version works with more formats, provides different voices, and will convert information from a picture as well as a text document.

  • Reads any text on your computer out…
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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 28, 2019 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

Funding and Equipment Programs

Assitive Technology and Computer Equipment

  • Access For All: Computer Program from UCP - This project of UCP of Central MN builds and repairs computers for people with disabilities. Used computers are refurbished and distributed to people with disabilities for an application fee.…

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 19, 2019 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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,…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on February 15, 2019 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

I can connect

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 14, 2019 at 10:42am — No Comments

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