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New Beginnings

Welcome to the beginning of your new life! This phrase can mean something different for each

individual person. When you repeat this phrase to yourself it might invoke excitement, or maybe this

phrase invokes fear. Maybe the phrase doesn’t relate to you at all. Maybe you feel stuck in your life and

you do not foresee any new beginnings on your path. Let’s take it back a step and look at what might be

the “beginning” of your new life. What if you could start your…

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Added by Thabiso Rowan on March 26, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Illegal Questions

The hiring process can be a stressful time for anyone. There’s a lot to think about and consider: fine tuning your resume, gathering references, creating a convincing cover letter, and submitting your application. Next in line comes the offer for the interview—the applicant’s time to really showcase to their potential employer why they’re a great fit. As you get ready for the interview, there’s a few things that you should consider and be aware…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 18, 2019 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Interview With Mary Kay Walch

Mary Kay Mary Kay Walch, director of sales and marketing at BlueSky Designs, has worked in the assistive technology

industry for more than 30 years. Improving product design and life for individuals with disabilities. Educating

families, therapists, teachers and suppliers. Her specialty is improving accessibility and independence…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 4, 2019 at 11:12am — 3 Comments

Verbose- A More Powerful Tool for Vision and Learning Disabilities

Verbose is a text to speech program which will read text or saved documents. Voice settings allows changes to speed, pitch and volume of the speech engine voice.  Converts text to voice or saves as mp3 to play later or save for a later time. There is a professional and a free version of Verbose. The professional version works with more formats, provides different voices, and will convert information from a picture as well as a text document.

  • Reads any text on your computer out…
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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 28, 2019 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

Funding and Equipment Programs

Assitive Technology and Computer Equipment

  • Access For All: Computer Program from UCP - This project of UCP of Central MN builds and repairs computers for people with disabilities. Used computers are refurbished and distributed to people with disabilities for an application fee.…

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Added by Jennifer Mundl on February 19, 2019 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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 — 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

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

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