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Living on Your Own: Tools for Managing Money, Budgets, and Shopping

Managing money, planning meals, and shopping for groceries are all fairly essential skills for learning to live on your own. A variety of tools are available to support these key areas of independent living, including apps for tracking money spent, anticipating upcoming expenses, managing a budget, planning meals, and shopping for groceries. An important consideration when selecting a financial app is whether you want to link to a bank account – not linking means you have to enter all data…

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Added by Sarah Giffen-Hunter on January 17, 2019 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

New Year- New Technology: Speaksee

“Weren’t you paying attention during the meeting? Didn’t you hear what needs to be done?” Does this sound familiar to you, or can you think of someone in your work experience this statement pertains to? There are many reasons one might miss important information in work meetings. One reason might be a result of hearing loss. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reported in the Quick Statistics (2016) fact sheet that about 28.8 million U.S. adults could…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on January 16, 2019 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

State Assistive Technology Resource

If you are considering assistive technology, you most likely will ask yourself many questions.

Will it help me? Where do I get it? How can I pay for it? The questions can go on and on. One thing many people may not know is that there is a federal Assistive Technology Act which funds 56 Section Four Assistive Technology Act programs – one in each of the 50 states, 4 territories, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico—that help people gain access to and acquire the assistive…

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Added by Amy Perron on January 11, 2019 at 12:46pm — 3 Comments

Ableism and What It Means To Me

Since the age of about four I have used a wheelchair. I was born with a neuromuscular condition that made it impossible for me to walk, or be completely self-sufficient. Though I required total physical assistance, my drive, tenacity, and ability to think for myself has never faltered. That has always been my reality and life, it’s my normal.

Enter onto the scene the idea of Ableism, a term that isn’t as discussed…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on January 9, 2019 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Macros in Microsoft Word -- Save Time

Utilizing Macros in Microsoft Word

A macro is a quick way of completing multiple commands or text sequences that are used often. An example is having a formatted design of a Microsoft Office document. These can be created in Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint. There are other programs which develop macros for different needs.

Installing the Developer Option

  1. Go to File
  2. Select Options
  3. Click on Customize…
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Added by Jennifer Mundl on December 19, 2018 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The New Year Approaches- Update Your Microsoft Office Suite Skills

For some of us, the perpetual software updates bring pangs of excitement and anticipation of new features to enhance productivity. Nevertheless, for others, these impending updates elicit anxiety, frustration, and perhaps the mind mantra, “why, just why?” One can stand their ground and refuse to join the forward march to learn how to use upgraded software. However, there is a techno conspiracy to keep businesses upgrading their software, and it might be easier to tag along with those who…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on December 17, 2018 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage” Report Released

As you know, I’m very involved with AAPD and Disability:IN (formerly, USBLN), and their efforts for disability inclusion and equality across the enterprise. I’m proud to say that on October 29th, 2018, Accenture, in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities published a groundbreaking report that confirms companies that are inclusive of talent with disabilities outperform their peers. 

The study reveals four key actions that organizations…

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Added by Becky Curran on December 11, 2018 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

The Importance of Play and Games

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on December 10, 2018 at 5:32pm — No Comments

What an (Almost) Semester in College Taught Me

Disclaimer: I go to a technical college, so my advice may vary depending on your type of college.

As my first semester of college comes to an end, I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned for anyone going into college in the future.  I have outlined my advice in bullet points, so you can get a quick summary, then read more if it resonates with you.…

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Added by Sammy Abeje on December 10, 2018 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Apply Now to Become a NextGen Leader

NextGen Leaders are college students and recent graduates with disabilities who have demonstrated talent and leadership to be attractive applicants for Fortune 500 roles, particularly in the STEM, finance and business fields. NextGen Leaders participate in two programs: Mentorship Exchange and the Talent Accelerator. Both are career development programs that connect NextGen Leaders with corporate partners. These programs are sponsored by…

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Added by Great Lakes ADA Center on December 7, 2018 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Thanks To My Childhood I Now Have My Dream Job

I never imagined that my love of arts and crafts could turn into a career. But here I am doing a job I love, getting a PhD in a topic I’m passionate about and still finding time to knit on the side.

As a young girl, I could be happy for hours creating canvases, sewing myself a dress or working on embroidery. While I enjoyed dressing American Girl Doll Molly McIntire in her various 1940s fashions and learning about the time period in the process, I was not thinking about my future…

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Added by The Niche Movement on December 6, 2018 at 11:42am — 1 Comment

Employment Tips: Hidden History

By now we have addressed several different topics that have to do with cover letters. We’ve discussed their function, outlined a variety of formats, and now this month I’m going to detail how to customize yours to make it stand out from the rest. The way to accomplish this is by adding in personal anecdotes, mentioning prior knowledge about the company in question, or including facts and hidden history about the industry you are applying to be a part…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on December 2, 2018 at 12:00am — No Comments

Interacting with people who are deaf/blind

Interacting with people who are deaf/blind

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.

  • To get the attention of a person who is deafblind, gently touch him or her on the…
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Added by Jennifer Mundl on November 30, 2018 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Summer Information Technology Internship Available

The American Association for Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) is offering two internships to work within the information technology (IT) departments of federal agencies. The federal IT summer interns will be matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. Interns will also be provided with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington D.C., and fully accessible housing.  The 2019 program will run from the beginning of June to…

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Added by Great Lakes ADA Center on November 29, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Interview With Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney Michelle Maloney is an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, specifically an ADA Coordinator. I had the pleasure of chatting with her on the phone last week and discussing her career journey. As an individual who is hard of hearing, Michelle’s unique perspective was so wonderful to learn about. Check out her…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on November 27, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Maintaining Motivation with Depression

Winter can present more difficulties for people who struggle with depression. For me, these months are some of the hardest of the year. Depression severely affects my motivation, and this can impact both my home and work life. Recognizing this is the first step and has helped me to be more aware and prepare for this time.

Below, I outline 4 strategies that I’ve found help me to stay focused and productive…

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Added by Katie Burger on November 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Life 360

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on November 23, 2018 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Daylight Savings Time & Resetting Your Sleeping Habits

The main purpose of Daylight Savings Time is to allow one to make the most use of day sunlight hours. It is said to be used in over 70 countries worldwide; however, the beginning and end dates differ. While a one-hour shift may not appear to be significant, the 60-minute jump forward or backward has been associated with sleep disturbances, mental and cognitive disturbances, and health issues. According to the CDC those 18-60 years of age…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on November 20, 2018 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Disability and ADA Training Opportunities

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

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on November 16, 2018 at 9:48am — 4 Comments

Participants Needed for A Research Study - Receive $100!

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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Added by Great Lakes ADA Center on November 14, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

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