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July 2018 Blog Posts (6)

Mental Health & Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illnesses in a given year. That’s roughly 43.8 million people! For many of us, work can be an outlet that contributes to our sense of purpose and well-being, however, mental illness can also affect our work performance and access, which is why it is so important to seek support in the workplace. Mental illness may interfere with some daily work functions such as, concentration, stamina, distraction,…


Added by Katie Burger on July 30, 2018 at 12:57pm — 5 Comments

Interview With Deb Holtz

Deb Holtz When I was a freshman in college at Hamline University, I had the pleasure of meeting Deb Holtz. She was not only my advisor in Disability Services, but my mentor, and my friend. This past week she was gracious enough to let me ask her a few questions that could be shared with our members. Enjoy!

I’ve known you since I was 19, but didn’t…


Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 20, 2018 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Modern Day Job Search With Your Cell Phone

cell phone

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[1]. In 2016, Snagajob reported that 72 percent of hourly employee respondents use a mobile phone to find and…


Added by Jennifer Mundl on July 19, 2018 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Cutting-Edge-Technology- OTC Hearing Aid, the Eargo

In August of 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017. This legislation included the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act allowing over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This Act enables adults who think they have a mild to moderate hearing loss to purchase OTC hearing aids without being seen by a hearing care professional, making access to hearing aids more affordable. The FDA will regulate the OTC hearing aids to ensure safety…


Added by Erika J. Kluge on July 16, 2018 at 8:32am — 2 Comments

Employment Tips: Workshops

When you were a kid in school, there were a multitude of things you needed to learn in order to progress to the next grade. Basic arithmetic, spelling, geography, science, art techniques, and even physical education to teach you good habits to help your growing body. As an adult in the workforce, out of school and fully immersed in your career, it can be hard to think about adding anything else onto your busy schedule. Furthering your learning of a topic or trade can seem like it’s too much…


Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 5, 2018 at 1:39pm — 3 Comments

Unmotivation strategies

As a person with a disability, I understand the limits of motivation alone in helping me overcome certain obstacles. The disability rights movement rightfully identifies society’s obligation to create inclusive opportunities and not blindly leave questions of healthcare or access to the community up to one’s level of motivation. However, on a personal level, the disability rights movement does not give me any tools for accomplishing my daily to-do list or making me write that blog…


Added by Joel on July 2, 2018 at 9:10am — 6 Comments

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