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Direct Support Professionals Staffing Shortages

It’s no surprise to anyone immersed in the healthcare world that there’s been an extreme shortage of direct support professionals (DSPs) the last few years. DSPs are anyone that works closely with individuals who need extra care, whether in a facility, or in a person’s home. While this position is of extreme importance, it rarely gets the recognition it deserves from the state and government lawmakers. DSPs are given low wages that are hardly sufficient to…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 1, 2019 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Emergency Plan

One of my biggest nightmares is having to endure some type of an evacuation when I’m in a building not on ground level. This occurrence terrifies me in my own apartment where I live on the second floor. It’s even scarier to envision going through this at my place of employment where I’m surrounded by individuals who aren’t familiar with my personal care needs. The best remedy is to have an emergency plan in place should a situation arise.

At my…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 1, 2019 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Limits

One of the most effective ways to grow is to gently push your limits on what you can handle. This includes various areas of your life: professional, personal, emotional, mental, physical, etc. It's important to recognize when you are able to increase your limits for the purpose of growth, but equally as important to decipher when you need to set limits for yourself.

Whenever I start a new job, I like to do everything I can to showcase my…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on June 1, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

As we near the end of May, I’d be remiss if I didn’t draw attention to the importance of this month. This May marks the 70th year celebrating Mental Health Month! Mental illness can affect anyone, it doesn’t matter your background, who you are, or what you do. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), along with the rest of the country, raise awareness on mental illness to fight the stigma, provide support, educate the public, as well as advocate for…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 31, 2019 at 5:14am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Apply What You Know

Whenever we start a new job, we bring with us the accumulated experience of our past positions of employment — and even skills we’ve acquired in our own personal life. All of those moments add up to make us into the person we are today, and the individual that will be joining the team, or crew, or group at any given new place of work. Applying what you already know is an excellent way to bring an edge with you into your new, or current, workplace.…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 1, 2019 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Interview With Kianna Lehman

Kianna Lehman has been a receptionist at Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) for almost 5 years. She enjoys her job because of how she gets to be of assistance to those who have disabilities such as herself. Her background is in Business and Management.

You had mentioned that your…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 26, 2019 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Employment Tips: Accessible Location

Over the years I have gone to countless interviews. Some of these meetings took place in quaint non profits or super hip production houses, while others were in big corporations that were within glistening skyscrapers. The majority of my meetings and interviews with prospective employees went off without a hitch, but some had complications. These issues sprang from lack of an accessible location.

One of the first things I do when I get an offer…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 1, 2019 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Interview With Michelle Vrieze

Michelle Vrieze spent several years working in the education field, and then went back to school for her Master’s Degree in Human Services. Currently she works as a Staffing Specialist for MCIL -- meaning that she matches clients with PCA’s in order that their personal care and homemaking needs are met. Read on to learn more about Michelle!

How did you get started at MCIL as a Personal Assistant Staffing Specialist? What…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 31, 2019 at 4:04am — 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

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

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

Employment Tips: Disclosing on Your Resume

For our last topic on the subject of resumes, I will discuss with you all the matter of disclosure. For someone like myself who has had a visible disability her whole life, I am never really given a choice when it comes to keeping my disability a secret. At one point or another, my potential (or future) employer will know that I use a wheelchair. I do, however, have say in how and when I disclose to them that I have a disability, as do any of you who have a…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on January 22, 2019 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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

Employment Tips: Hidden History

By now we have addressed several different topics that have to do with cover letters. We’ve discussed their function, outlined a variety of formats, and now this month I’m going to detail how to customize yours to make it stand out from the rest. The way to accomplish this is by adding in personal anecdotes, mentioning prior knowledge about the company in question, or including facts and hidden history about the industry you are applying to be a part…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on December 2, 2018 at 12:00am — No 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

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

Interview With Thabiso Rowan

Thabiso's Picture Thabiso Rowan identifies as a free spirited, out-of-the-box thinker. After enduring a spinal cord injury in June 2011, he received an Associate Degree of Human Services. His current occupation is Options Counselor at Disability Hub MN, where he assists people with disabilities -- and their caregivers and family…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on November 1, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Employment Tips: Resume Black Hole

We’ve all been there—applied to a job that we were very qualified for, and then never heard back. Generally that applies to jobs in which you haven’t directly spoken with a recruiter, but more or less when you submit a resume and cover letter to an online application portal. A huge part of why the majority of individuals don’t ever hear back from a job is because of a concept called, Resume Black Hole—or, that cyber void that seemingly swallows up the resumes of perfectly qualified…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on October 21, 2018 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Interview With Diego Mariscal

Picture Diego Mariscal Diego Mariscal is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Disabled Officer behind the nonprofit startup 2Gether-International— directly supports entrepreneurs with disabilities. At the age of 26 he has already created Limitless Prepa Tec (a disability education program that benefits students in Monterrey Mexico), is a…

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Added by Adrienne Kleinman on September 27, 2018 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

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