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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

All About The Resources

Life, in all its glory and wonder, can be quite confusing. As I have been confined to the bounds of my apartment for days, due to the ferocious winter landscape of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, I cannot help but appreciate the solitude and comfort of being able to work from home. Somehow, I found a position that has set me up for success. The trick now is finding a way to improve and master my operation as an employee. I find that seeking the ultimate resources is the way to go.

I…

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Added by Thabiso Rowan on February 13, 2019 at 1:14pm — 2 Comments

Employment Tips: Assistive Technology

As a person with a physical disability, there are a myriad of things that I need to think about and plan for in my daily life. This includes my personal life, my mobility, my education, and even my career. I may need to adjust the way I complete tasks, get to a destination, complete my schoolwork, or navigate my place of employment. Any workplace that I am hired at will have to accommodate me to their best of their ability--enter Assistive Technology (AT)…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on February 11, 2019 at 11:10am — 2 Comments

Accessible emogies expanded

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 8, 2019 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Speech-to-Speech--Using A Telephone Independently

Speech-to-Speech--Using A Telephone Independently

Speech-to-Speech (STS) is a Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). This is a service allowing persons with hearing or speech limitations to access the telephone to place and receive calls. STS enables persons with a speech disability to make telephone calls using their own voice or an assistive voice device. A caller may use a communication device such as a Tobii or Dynavox. Speech-to-Speech uses…

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 7, 2019 at 10:25am — 3 Comments

Interview With Nick Wilkie

Nick Wilkie Nick Wilkie has devoted his career to working in the Human Services field. The last 12 years he has been employed by the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL), working as a Transition Specialist, then shifting to Advocacy within Public Policy. Currently, he is heading the promotion, outreach, and teaching of a new…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on February 4, 2019 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Apps for Assistive Technology

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 1, 2019 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Apps

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 1, 2019 at 4:23pm — No Comments

SnapType

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on January 31, 2019 at 10:36am — No Comments

Assistive Technology Professional Internship

Disney Professional Internships Starting Fall 2019

This position provides technical support for the implementation and sustainment of Disney developed Assistive Technology services for Guests with Disabilities at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Assistive Technology services are Assistive Listening, Handheld Captioning, Video Captioning, Reflective Captioning, and Audio Description Partner and interact with various…

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Added by Janet - Great Lakes ADA Center on January 29, 2019 at 11:03am — 3 Comments

The power of Google Scholar

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Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers,…

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on January 28, 2019 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Scholarship Opportunity

The Indiana Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Coordinators’ Association is offering two $500 scholarships for incoming college freshmen. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019.  Eligibility requirements:

  • Be an incoming college freshmen attending an accredited Indiana college or university
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have an area of study must be associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act or special needs…
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Added by Jennifer Mundl on January 24, 2019 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

Employment Tips: Disclosing on Your Resume

For our last topic on the subject of resumes, I will discuss with you all the matter of disclosure. For someone like myself who has had a visible disability her whole life, I am never really given a choice when it comes to keeping my disability a secret. At one point or another, my potential (or future) employer will know that I use a wheelchair. I do, however, have say in how and when I disclose to them that I have a disability, as do any of you who have a…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on January 22, 2019 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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

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