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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 — 1 Comment

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 — No Comments

Apply Now to Become a NextGen Leader

NextGen Leaders are college students and recent graduates with disabilities who have demonstrated talent and leadership to be attractive applicants for Fortune 500 roles, particularly in the STEM, finance and business fields. NextGen Leaders participate in two programs: Mentorship Exchange and the Talent Accelerator. Both are career development programs that connect NextGen Leaders with corporate partners. These programs are sponsored by…

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Added by Janet - Great Lakes ADA Center on December 7, 2018 at 10:02am — No Comments

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 — No Comments

Interacting with people who are deaf/blind

Interacting with people who are deaf/blind

There are many recommendations for communication between the hearing and the people who are part of the deaf/blind community. It is wise to talk with someone about communication prior to meeting the person for the first time when not possible, the following are some recommendations for communicating between the hearing and non-hearing community.

  • To get the attention of a person who is deafblind, gently touch him or her on the…
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Added by Jennifer Mundl on November 30, 2018 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Interview With Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney Michelle Maloney is an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, specifically an ADA Coordinator. I had the pleasure of chatting with her on the phone last week and discussing her career journey. As an individual who is hard of hearing, Michelle’s unique perspective was so wonderful to learn about. Check out her…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on November 27, 2018 at 1:30pm — 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 — 3 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 — 1 Comment

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

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…

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

HOW GEN Z IS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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