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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 — 1 Comment

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 — 1 Comment

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 — 1 Comment

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 — 1 Comment

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

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 — 2 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 — No Comments

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

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 — 2 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

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

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

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

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

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

Employment Tips: Create Clarity

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…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on November 9, 2018 at 2:25pm — 3 Comments

New job, Bad fit?

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…

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Added by Amy Heider on October 9, 2018 at 12:14pm — 5 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…

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

Creating a Professional Development Plan

Professional development can be a way to learn new skills as well as create a path to achieve long term goals. There are many ways to take advantage and create opportunities to develop professionally while in your current position.

Think about what skills you would like to improve or what parts of your current job you especially enjoy. Identify activities that are exciting or interesting that you could do within your current role, that you are currently not doing or would like to do…

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Added by Courtney Mullin on May 31, 2018 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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