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Cardflow for iPad- Think of the Possibilities!

I recently became aware of an iOS app called Cardflow. I grew up using index cards for all sorts of tasks. The cards would be taped to walls as reminders or mind-maps/flow charts. Cards would be stuffed into pages of books as forms of annotations, and stacks of cards were created as flashcards. I was especially excited when stores stocked different colors, sizes, plain/lined/graphed, and containers to hold and sort them. These cards offered additional learning style supports when considering…


Added by Erika J. Kluge on August 16, 2018 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Employment Tips: Short Resume

If a boarding pass is your ticket to flight, then a resume is your ticket to work. Depending on your industry, trade, or area of focus, your resume will vary in length, format, design, and focus. For example, someone in a creative field will likely have a more colorful and fluid looking resume, whereas someone in the sciences will have more of an exact and precise flow to theirs. Though resumes come in all shapes and sizes, they are there to serve a common purpose: to convey to a potential…


Added by Adrienne Kleinman on August 13, 2018 at 11:37am — 4 Comments

Transportation Barriers to Employment

For many people with a disability transportation can be a huge issue. It can cause much time, money, and hassle to be able to get rides, ask for rides, and find something that is suitable for your needs. To find something that accommodates all your needs whether that is financial or elsewise it will cost you whether it is your time, money, or your physical needs.  



Added by Nikki Abramson on August 7, 2018 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

What I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year Of College

The Niche Movement founder Kevin O’Connell was interviewed by a George Washington University first year student in March of 2017. In this interview podcast, Kevin offers advice to college students about choosing careers and how your involvement on campus may align more to your career choice than your major. They also discuss how Kevin started working for himself, and how he found his passion.

Kevin talks about how it is okay to be multi-passionate and involved in many different…


Added by Tracy Gnadinger on August 2, 2018 at 3:21pm — 3 Comments

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 — 4 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.…


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

Modern Day Job Search With Your Cell Phone

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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…


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

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 — 5 Comments

There Is No Such Thing As 'Making It'

How do you define success?

How do you know if you "made it?"

If we can take anything away from the suicide of Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain, there is no such thing as "making it."

What's interesting, is they were both high profile public figures that many of us looked up to, were inspired by, and entertained. Because of their "klout" and expertise, many would assume they made it because they were part of the 1 percent. 

Happiness and Money



Added by Tracy Gnadinger on June 28, 2018 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

5 Ways Punch-In Can Keep You Motivated This Summer

Summer is now upon us and with that you may be wondering whether to pause or delay your job search. Or maybe you just need a little extra motivation in the process. Many people do halt their job searches over the summer, so it's actually a good time to keep yourself in the game and get the automatic edge of being active.

As you enjoy the summer sunshine, here are some ways Punch-In can help keep you going to…


Added by Janet - Great Lakes ADA Center on June 21, 2018 at 2:30pm — 2 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…


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

New Professional Development Opportunities for the Future of Work

What is professional development?

In the first 12 years of my career, I have seen traditional professional development be put into a box.

Think about it - when “professional development” comes up in your work, what do you think of?

I can bet it is one of the following:

A one hour training.

A half day off-site workshop.

How about 2-3 day conference,  that probably costs more than…


Added by Giuliana Sercu on March 21, 2018 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments


For the last several years, millennials are frequently at the top of the list as it relates to the future of work and education. However, the generation often not discussed is Generation Z, who is on the horizon. As some of the Gen Z population (born 1996 or later) is approaching workforce age, it is important to gain perspective on what they want, and where they predict shifts in the upcoming years. 

In order to understand the future of higher education, it is crucial to begin…


Added by Kevin O'Connell on March 19, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Thinking About a Career in the Arts? - Let's Get Started

Hi, I’m Craig Dunn, Executive Director of VSA Minnesota, the state organization on arts and disability.  Some of you may have heard me in the“Practical Steps to Making a Career in the Arts Possible” webinar that was presented on November 12 in 2015 and that can still be found on Punch-In!’s Webinar Archives in the Video Library.  If you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out.  I have worked in…


Added by Craig Dunn on October 23, 2017 at 9:21am — 3 Comments

Success on the Job with Assistive Technology

Once you have a job, it is important to be able to meet your employer’s expectations. Assistive technology (AT) can play a vital role in success on the job. A wide range of AT can be used to support essential work performance, such as being on time, communicating, and staying organized. I would like to share some highlights from a webinar I gave recently with my colleague, Paul, on succeeding on the job with technology that boosts the skills employers want. We…


Added by Sarah Giffen-Hunter on October 12, 2017 at 6:10am — 1 Comment

Click Here for Your Best Life!

This is an exciting time in history to be starting out in life and career. We are told we can have it all and the truth is the possibilities are endless. More connected than any generation before us, we can find out information and resources from around the globe and even have our groceries delivered all with a few clicks. But, with this steady flow of options and opportunity, also comes the heavy weight of so many overwhelming questions to be answered. The path you choose has many twists…


Added by Anna Gouker on October 11, 2017 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Authenticity Is Important To Me

Every day, I work alongside my colleagues towards greater levels of inclusion for talent with disabilities.  In my workplace, people refer to me as Becky. Being a little person helps me bring a diverse perspective to the job and it’s just a part of who I am.

Growing up with dwarfism, I’m only one of 30,000 people with dwarfism living in the United States. The day I was born was the first time that my parents were in a hospital room with a dwarf or little person.  Previously, they only…


Added by Becky Curran on October 10, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

The Perfect Day... 10 Years From Now

The perfect day 10 years from now in the eyes of The Niche Movement founder, Kevin O'Connell.

About a month ago in early March, while on my commute into the office, I put my headphones in and pressed play on one of Tim Ferriss’s new podcastepisodes with Debbie Millman. I’m a fan of Tim’s podcast and…


Added by Giuliana Sercu on October 9, 2017 at 9:15am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Keep A Schedule

This month we will continue to highlight from a topic heading from our archive of Digital Employment Tips which you will find on our website. These topics range from Application, Attitude, Cover Letter/Resume, Disability Issues, Interview, Networking, and Work Experience. For this entry I will be discussing from the second section from the topic heading Attitude, specifically Keep A Schedule--a concept that is so important in order to achieve success, but can be challenging to stick to,…


Added by Adrienne Kleinman on October 1, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

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