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23 September: International Day of Sign Languages

This upcoming September 23rd marks the International Day of Sign Language as recognized by the United Nations. This day is important as it supports the continued protection of the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of deaf…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on September 2, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Effective Listening

Effective listening is a concept that is integral to receiving gainful employment. Being an attentive listener may seem pretty straight forward, but when it comes to listening in an employment environment, it’s imperative that you’re exceptionally attune to everything that is being communicated. An interviewer will be conveying a lot of information to the interviewee and it is in their best interest to be the best listener that they can…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on September 2, 2020 at 12:09am — No Comments

Spotlight: Judy Heumann-Disability Rights Activist

Last month not only did we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), but we celebrated Disability Pride Month as well. Having lived with a disability my whole life, it has been only this past year that I’ve really come into my own with feeling open and proud of my disability. Since the history…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on August 1, 2020 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Industry Trends

Just like clothing, music, and pop culture (to name a few), different industries will undergo trends. These can be anywhere from rebranding a key function of a piece of machinery — let’s say a laptop! — to utilize less material and make it sleeker, to a new style of women’s shirt that was inspired by either a popular celebrity or a figure in pop culture. Trends are varied and are always changing. If you find yourself searching for a new position of employment…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on August 1, 2020 at 10:45pm — No Comments

ADA 30: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

This summer marks a very huge milestone for the disability community. On July 26, 1990 it will have been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This very essential and important civil rights law “prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs,…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 1, 2020 at 2:30am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Dress For Success

I know you’re not supposed to make assumptions about the way people conduct their lives, but I’m gonna guess that most folks when they wake up each day put on clothes. Some wear clothing for fashion, style, comfort, practicality, or to send a particular message. Wherever you fall on the scale of preferences on what to wear, there’s one certainty: when it comes to your employment, there’s most certainly some sort of a dress code. A potential employer will gain…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 1, 2020 at 1:21am — No Comments

#BlackLivesMatter: How You Can Help

The world has been in turmoil for a while now, and was brought even more to the brink last week after the tragic death of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a police officer in my hometown of Minneapolis. This tragedy sparked an outrage across the city, state, nation, and world, the masses crying…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on June 5, 2020 at 4:00am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Practice

Before you get to the point of performing, presenting, or staging something, you’ll want to rehearse beforehand. The same applies to an interview with a potential employer. If you read on below, there are several ways that you can get yourself prepared for the real deal! 

The old saying “practice makes perfect” comes from a place of truth. The more that you work at something the greater chance of success that you’ll have. When it comes to your…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on June 5, 2020 at 3:55am — No Comments

ACLU COVID-19 Disability Resources

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause stress and sadness the world over, I thought it would be appropriate to provide some helpful information for members to use as a resource during these trying times. This month I am featuring resources from the American Civil…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 1, 2020 at 3:47am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Research

One of the most crucial aspects of the job search is doing your research, especially before an interview with a potential future employer. It not only gives you an edge over other candidates if you have an extensive amount of knowledge because you will appear dedicated and invested, but it will allow the conversation during the interview to have an added layer of depth.

When I was actively searching for employment post college I would make it a…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 1, 2020 at 3:22am — No Comments

The COVID-19 Outbreak & Accessibility

In these uncertain times we are currently facing, there’s one thing for certain: no one is exempt from the effects of the coronavirus. Whether you’ve lost your job due to layoffs, are stuck in your home, separated from your dearest loved ones, fear for your health and sanity, or are experiencing symptoms of sickness, it’s quite clear that these days past, present, and to come will be riddled with added stress. We’ve had to adapt as a globe, as a human race, on…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 1, 2020 at 2:32am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Don't Bad Mouth

This is a very basic lesson taught to the majority of folks when they’re growing up: don’t talk badly about others; if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all; treat others how you wish to be treated, etc. And the list goes on! Not only is it recommended to generally speak pleasantly about others in life, but the same applies to on the job, and most importantly, during the interview. 

As you’ve all heard before, the interview is often…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 1, 2020 at 2:23am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Eye Contact

There are different ways that humans connect. It can happen with words and conversations, through touch and affirming handshakes, through hearing and verbal cues. Another really important way that individuals connect is through eye contact. The old adage goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul. As cheesy and cliche as that may sound, there’s truth to it which I’ll discuss below.

When you agree to an interview with a potential employer,…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 1, 2020 at 4:47am — No Comments

Traveling By Air With a Disability

Last month I addressed traveling for work if you have a disability, and this month I’ll continue the trend with air travel. A little over a week ago I returned from Los Angeles so air travel is still pretty heavy on my mind. In a perfect world, traveling with a disability (in my case, a physical one) would be flawless and smooth and require very little worry. But anyone in my position knows this is hardly ever the case. From seat accommodations to medical…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on February 1, 2020 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Be Honest

Honesty is highly valued in many aspects of human life: relationships, friendships, partnerships, and employment, to name a few. In order to have work, a person usually has to go through an interview prior to starting their job. As most know, there are a series of questions that the interviewer asks you during the screening and hiring process. It may be tempting to stretch or embellish the truth on your strengths or knowledge on any given topic in order to…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on February 1, 2020 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Traveling For Work With a Disability

If you’re someone with wanderlust or the traveling bug, chances are it would be a major perk to have a job that requires you to travel. However, if you’re an individual with a disability, traveling for work can be a very difficult or complex task. That isn’t to say that it shouldn’t be an option for that particular employee, but that there will need to be a lot more discussion for how to make it possible.

Workplaces are required to provide…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on December 31, 2019 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Ask Questions

There are several things you should make a point to accomplish during a job interview. Be courteous, hold eye contact, be engaging, and be knowledgeable about the company you’re interviewing with, to name a few. Though the one stand out action that every successful interviewee has in common is that they ask questions of their interviewer. This demonstrates that you’re not only invested in working for this company, but also that you’ve been paying attention and…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on December 31, 2019 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Good Match

Searching for a job allows you to consider various aspects that you’re not willing to negotiate on when it comes to your employment. Often times it’s not apparent until during the interview with your future employer, but keep an open ear and an open mind when discussing a new job. There are several factors that you can inquire about as well to determine if you’re  potential future employer is going to be a good match for you.

A job as a whole has…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on December 2, 2019 at 1:15am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Discuss Your Disability

In the past, I have talked about how one would go about disclosing a disability to their workplace, as well as talking about discrimination in the workplace. This month I’ll be talking about a similar topic— specifically, discussing one’s disability during the interview.  

When you’re being interviewed by a potential new employer, it’s your chance to make a good impression on them and prove why you’d be a viable candidate to add to their team. In…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on November 2, 2019 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is there to protect those who qualify within its parameters from many different occurrences, including discrimination in the workplace. This means that when it comes to hiring, pay, promotion, firing, etc., an individual cannot be discriminated against by their employer because of their disability. Below I will go over more in depth what it looks like to be an employee that falls under the ADA, and what employers are…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on October 1, 2019 at 7:12pm — No Comments

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