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                                                                                                        August 2012

Sports is for Everyone and I Mean Everyone! Here Are Some Places to Get You Started- www.fdoa.org/programs/miracle-sports- “Miracle Sports of Tallahassee provides Access to Athletics for people of all abilities. Whether it’s rounding the bases, scoring a touchdown, or driving the lane, we adapt our games so that anyone can participate, and be successful. “

Recreational diving for people with disabilities-http://www.hsascuba.com/scripts/About.php

They are dedicated to improving the quality of people with disabilities through interaction with horses.- http://www.harmonyfarmsinc.com/

 

Obama’s Hiring Goal-Were you aware of this?” After a decade in which employees with disabilities made up fewer than 1 percent of the federal workforce, President Barack Obama pledged in 2010 to make the federal government a "model employer" of people with disabilities. But hiring is behind the pace needed to meet the goal of 100,000 new workers to which he committed the nation.”So now there are opportunities. See the full article-http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-federal-disabilities-20120713,0,6222671,full.story

 

Technology Corner-I have worked on many clients laptops and as soon as I pick them up I notice that they are very warm. Yes, laptop do get warm on the bottom and if continue to work on them for long periods of time they can be very hot. You can guess what will happen to your computer then. It will not be pretty! So I advise to purchase a laptop fan. They are about $20 and fit right under the computer. They have a USB so you can plug it into your computer, no electric needed. I also run a small fan on mine sometimes when I am working long hours.

 

A Man with a Disability was Denied Access to a Pool in A hotel in Rochester-http://www.scribd.com/doc/102500361/PRESS-RELEASE-Disability-Rights-Group-Wins-Victory-in-Fight-for-Equal-Access

 

Technology Corner-Talking Books for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired-What Are Talking Books? They are for the Blind and People with Disabilities:

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress
Phone: 888-NLS-READ (888-657-7323)
E-mail: nls@loc.gov
Web site: www.loc.gov/nls

http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=2&SectionID=4&TopicID=200&DocumentID=933

 

September 2012

 

When Jason Lester was 12 years old was hit by a car and suffered, among many things, a paralyzed arm. Now he can swim faster, ride further and run incredible distances. He is known as an Ironman and Ultraman,- http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Sports/Galleries/5-Inspiring-Athletes-Who-Overcame-Disabilities.aspx?p=3#ixzz23FbEb2kb


Here are ten types of kitchen daily living aids that can help with food preparation and cooking.

Various types of jar and bottle openers are available which can be used in many situations around the house and garden, making them very versatile indeed. They work in different ways; some are a non-slip rubber cone that is placed over the jar or bottle lid, and others use a metal loop attached to a handle tightened round the lid, and then levered open.

Trolleys enable you to take items to and from the kitchen, can help with walking, and can also be used in other rooms as well. They can help with carrying food and all the things you need with you around the house, such as glasses, a drink and medication.

Those who require assistance with feeding can benefit from using cutlery with oversized or adapted handles. This style of cutlery is ideal for those with a weak or limited grip. Crockery with higher sides to prevent food spilling off the plate can help those with limited hand or muscle control. Scoop plates have angled sides to help ideal push food onto a fork or spoon, and are ideal for those who eat one handed.

Tap and knob turners can be fitted to kitchen and bathroom taps and cookers to make sinks and cookers easier to use. These turn conventional taps into levers, which mean that they are easier to use. Turners are also available for cooker controls to make cooking safer and easier.

A kettle tipper is a device that supports the weight of the kettle in a cradle and enables the kettle to be tipped, so that the user doesn’t have to take the weight of the kettle. These can be invaluable for people who haven’t got the upper body strength or dexterity to pick up and hold a full kettle to make a hot drink. Mini kettles are also available which are smaller, hold a lot less water and much easier to use for those with limited upper body strength or mobility.

Non slip mats and coasters are ideal for placing under plates, and other items to prevent them from slipping around, when eating or preparing food for example.

Cutting boards are available which clamp to a work surface and often have sides to them. Sections for securing vegetables so they can be easily cut, and so that bread can be buttered safely using just one hand, for example.

Food preparation utensils such as spatulas, knives and graters are available with angled comfortable handles to reduce the strain on wrists and hands. These utensils allow those with mobility or dexterity problems to prepare and chop their own food without needing assistance.

A perching stool is invaluable for those people who aren’t able to stand up for long periods of time, and are perfect for use in the kitchen whilst preparing food, as well as in numerous other situations around the house.

These types of healthcare products are often recommended by Occupational Therapists and other healthcare experts. Kitchen mobility aids, such as these, can be the difference between somebody being able to cook for themselves and having to rely on someone else to cook for them. Many more daily living aid products are available which can benefit those with limited mobility or dexterity.

These are just a few examples of the range and variety of household mobility aids that are available. Why not see if there’s anything that could make your daily living easier at the Disabled World disability kitchen products shop?



Citation: Disabled World News (2009-06-11) - Kitchen mobility aids are usually small and often relatively basic items but can make life a lot easier for persons with disabilities: http://www.disabled-world.com/fitness/cooking/disability-kitchen-aids.php#ixzz23Fe96N3f

 

October 2012

 

Underwater wheelchair-

“Mobility has come such a long way in the last century. With ingenuity and determination, the whole world is accessible to everyone. Even the deep sea is traversable! This amazing wheelchair is proof.”-http://www.tvkim.com/watch/2279/kims-picks-underwater-wheelchair

 

 

For Your Soul-

Oil for Your Lamp

According to Lisa Hammond and BJ Gallagher, the "Golden Rule for Women" should be this:

"We need to do unto ourselves as we do unto others."

My wife is a convert! She has endorsed their new "Golden Rule" and she loves their book, Oil for Your Lamp...Women Taking Care of Themselves. In fact, she said, "Of all the Simple Truths' books, this is my favorite!"

Today, I'd like to share the Introduction to a great book. If you're a woman, it will speak to your soul. Enjoy!

An excerpt from
Oil for Your Lamp
by Lisa Hammond & BJ Gallagher

Virtually every woman we know has the same problem—she knows what's good for her, but she often doesn't do it. She knows she should eat less and exercise more, but still she doesn't make healthy choices. She knows she needs to spend her time and money more effectively, but good time and money management elude her. She finds herself always putting others first, while neglecting her own needs and wants. She doesn't get enough rest or sleep and her endless to-do list hangs overhead like the sword of Damocles. As our friend Brenda Knight laments frequently, "Why am I always riding in the back of my own bus?"

We don't do the things we know are good for us because we are so busy taking care of others that we neglect ourselves. The problem isn't lack of information—we have plenty of information about the importance of sleep, healthy foods, and exercise. The problem is how we prioritize our lives.

Psychologists tell us that some people are inner-directed and some are other-directed. That is, some people focus on their own internal guidance system for making choices about how to spend their time and energy. Their own self-interest ranks very high on their list of priorities. "What's best for me?" is a key guiding principle in determining where they focus their attention and how they make day-to-day decisions.

And some people are other-directed, which means that their primary focus is external, not internal. They are primarily concerned with relationships, especially people they care about. "How can I help others?" is a key question in how they spend their time and energy. Building and nurturing relationships with loved ones, family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers is the guiding principle in their lives.

Research indicates that, in general, men tend to be more inner-directed, while women tend to be more other-directed. There are exceptions, of course, but as a group, men are focused on themselves while women are focused on other people. Men like to build things while women like to build relationships.

This difference in psychological orientation goes a long way toward helping us understand why we women often do such a poor job of taking care of ourselves. We run around filling others' lamps with oil, but forget to fill our own lamps first. Then we wonder why we're often exhausted, frazzled, stressed-out, anxious and/or depressed!

Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths

 

When it comes to technology the advancements today are reaching new heights. In this article you will see how eye movements effects computer communication.-http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/16/how-technology-is-helping-people-with-speech-impairments-to-talk/?goback=%2Egde_97729_member_164693674

 

Movie Time-Turner Classic Movies is Presenting more than 20 films from the 1920s to the 1980s during the month of October that include storylines about people with disabilities. The series "The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film" will air on Tuesdays in October beginning on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

It is Voting Time. Do you Understand Your Rights? Here is a Guide-http://www.disabilityrightsflorida.org/voting/Voting_in_Florida-A_Guide_for_Persons_with_Disabilities.pdf

 

 

Don’t Think for a Minute That You Can’t Do It! Check Out these Famous People with Disabilities-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Z06EeIhFM

 

As a Person with a Disability you are More Likely to Become a Victim of a Crime. Even Though this Article is from London the Same Principle Applies to Those of Us Here in the United States-http://disabilitynews.com/american-disabilities-act/disability-raises-the-odds-of-being-a-victim/

 

Technology Corner- New American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®-http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=1&SectionID=47&DocumentID=6259

 

 

 

November 2012


Intellectually Disabled Workers Awarded $1.3M for Pay Discrimination by Henry's Turkey Service-Discrimination in wage pay Due to a Disability, including unsafe housing accommodations-http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-19-12a.cfm?goback=%2Egde_691447_member_167162354

 

 

Technology Corner-Smart Glasses to Help People With Poor Vision to Navigate, Recognize People and Things-The newest technology comes from Oxford University where their researchers are building a special set of electronic glasses that may help people many type of people with visual disabilities-http://medgadget.com/2011/07/smart-glasses-to-help-people-with-poor-vision-to-navigate-recognize-people-and-things.html?goback=%2Egde_97729_member_178385895

 

 

Technology Corner Extra!-In this section you will find free software downloads from Serif. These downloads include Page Plus, Website Plus, Photo Plus, Panorama Plus, Craft Artist, and business card templates-http://www.serif.com/FreeDownloads/


 

 

 

 

 

Poetry-The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
 
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
 
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
 
I shall be telling this with a
 sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

To hear this poem go to this site-http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15717

 

 

Cooking Corner-Thanksgiving is Upon us so here is a site that has it all from cooking in a crock pot to a 2 week countdown. Videos are included!. Further inspection on this site will also give you cheap and quick dinner ideas. Click on the tabs on the tab and scroll to the section you want.-< http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/thanksgiving/>

 

 

 

 

 

December 2012

An excerpt from

Life Begins When You Do

by Mary Anne Radmacher

 

This weekend, Zak Vawter could take a huge step for amputees everywhere -- and for a state-of-the-art prosthetic device that affords a more natural gait.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57544132-1/amputee-to-climb-buildings-103-flights-with-mind-controlled-leg/?part=rss&subj=crave&tag=title&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cnet%2FpRza+%28Crave%29

 

Most of us are Cooking for Christmas. There are however so many decorations to go with the Holiday. This site has so much more than cooking. Check it out!-

Christmas COOKING, DINNER PLACEMNETS, TREE CUTTING, ETC.-http://main.kitchendaily.com/christmas/

 

Enjoy the Holiday Spirit and the Singing Trees right here from Orlando- First Baptist Orlando Singing Christmas Trees -Joy To The World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImsJzqY3THE

 

 

Technology Corner-This month we want to highlight a simple and inexpensive device that can be purchased online at many different sites. With Turbo Ear:

·         Designed to fit in either ear

·         Almost invisible in your ear

·         Clear sound reception

·         Adjustable volume and on/off controls

·         Reduces background noise

·         Works up to 7 hours with a full charge

Don’t miss those special moments at Christmas!



January 2013

 

Cooking Corner-This month Highlights the Pennsylvania Dutch (where I, the editor grew up). Try the Shoofly Pie!!!!- http://teriskitchen.com/padutch.html

 

Technology Corner-This month we are going to look at adaptive devices for the kitchen. The following website is dedicated for just that. It includes the following topics:

·         Kitchen Accessibility Basics

·         Kitchen Tools

·         Shopping for Aids to Daily Living

·         Small Appliances Rule

·         Energy Management

·         Single Handed Cooking

Please see-http://www.infinitec.org/live/kitchens/basickitchens.htm

 

Having fun in the Snow!-Skiers with Disabilities-A group of people with physical disabilities… having a ball skiing using sit skis-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieLgJ3mnrq4

 

Quotation favorites: Quotations can be so meaningful in life. If we keep the saying in the back of our minds as we go through our daily lives, it may change how we react to certain situations. Hopefully that action will be for the better due to positive reinforcement quotation such as one of those listed here.

 

Bloom where you are planted. ~Mother Jones

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~Abraham Lincoln

Be true to your word and your work and your friend... ~John Boyle O'Reilly, from the poem "Rules of the Road"

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Author Unknown

For visions come not to polluted eyes. ~Mary Howitt

 


                                                                                                                                    February 2013

 

 

Ed Roberts' Legacy Lives on in Youths Living with Disabilities- “the father of the disability rights movement” and what the future may hold for in regards to our educational system- http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ed-roberts-legacy-lives-youths-173700126.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CTDewBRv1wA.evQtDMD

 

Have you wanted to talk to others about sports events? Facebook!- Disability Sport Events (DSE)-https://www.facebook.com/pages/Disability-Sport-Events-DSE/138807142821141

 

Disability Support Group-“for ANYBODY who is disabled or that knows or deals with the disabled!! This Page is for EVERYONE to get to share & learn”-https://www.facebook.com/#!/DisabilitySupportGroup/info

 

Valentine’s Day Cooking with the Food Network, They have many videos on this site showing how they prepare the dish. Yum!  -http://www.foodnetwork.com/valentines-day/package/index.html

 

Technology Corner-This month we are going to discuss Options for those with Reading Disabilities Requiring Portable Devices. Remember that the choice is up to you and what you can afford.

HumanWare developed ClassMate Reader, this is a portable player specifically for students with dyslexia: [http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/products/learning_disabilities/_details/id_107/classmate_reader_audio_book_player.html]

Darwin Reader for Android integrates with Bookshare, you can install this reader on your Android phone, more information is available at[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ndu.mobile.daisy.full&hl=en]

On your Android phone you can install an affordable high quality text to speech voice(Acapela): 
[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts&hl=en
or for free- IVONA voice [https://play.google.com/store/search?q=ivona+voice&c=apps]

MoonReader Pro Reader for Android works fine, and you can use the text-to-speech voice of your choice: [http://bit.ly/U8S9gl]

Google Nexus 7 is a great portable device (tablet). Google Play books now comes with the Read Aloud feature - it is very helpful for students with learning difficulties:[http://www.technobloom.com/google-play-update-brings-read-aloud-option-for-google-play-books/2221620/]

 

Disability Benchmarking Tool Coming in 2013-The Disability Index will be available this year, a tool for businesses to determine  their disability inclusion and accessibility policies and practices against others-http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/diversity/articles/pages/disability-benchmarking-tool.aspx



                                                                                                          March 2013

 

 

In The News- Feds: Schools Must Open Sports To Kids With Disabilities-For the first time, federal officials are telling school districts that they must offer students with disabilities equal access to school sports.

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/01/25/feds-schools-sports/17177/

In The News- The final rule which is also known as “Schedule A Hiring Authority,” has been finally been simplified by the OPM (US Office of Personnel Management)-http://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2013/02/opm-issues-final-rule-to-simplify-schedule-a-hiring-authority-for-persons-with-disabilities/

Oh, my aching hands!-Try Another Keyboard:

Do you have aching hands or just trouble with the traditional keyboard? There are many alternatives out there.  First let’s start with what is already on your computer.

On Screen Keyboard-This is found under other programs

Touch Screens-Many types are touch screens now and some are special featured this way.

 

Other Types:

Alternative configurations/split keyboard

One handed keyboard

 

Using  and on Screen Keyboard in conjunction with the following:

Joystick

Trackball

Pointing Devices

I do not recommend the soft keyboards. They do not appear to hold up as well for long time hard use. The keyboard that is illuminated (under different Brand names), I have not tried.

There is a new keyboard that rises up from flat touch screens that is due to out at the end of the year-http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57569078-94/a-keyboard-that-rises-up-from-flat-touch-screens/

 

Free Books For Your Kindle-Here are over 6,000 free books for your Kindle!-http://www.ereaderiq.com/free/

 

Anyone who has a Disability understands The Need for Accessibility, “The National Center on Accessibility promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism”. On this page you will find the Study on Swimming Pools as well as on Beaches-http://www.indiana.edu/~nca/?q=node/75

Easy Desert Recipes and I mean easy! Check out the full list here. Email us with your favorite atadaptivesol@yahoo.comhttp://www.food.com/recipe-collection/easy-dessert


April 2013

 

Your Disability Does Not Define You!-Miss Montana: Autism doesn't define me- http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/17/health/wineman-autism/

 

April 2nd is Autism Awarness Day- Join Autism Speaks in celebrating the success of the 2012 Walk, and in kicking off the start of the 2013 season!- Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Lakeside Community Center in Port Orange at 6 pm-https://www.facebook.com/events/450567358345690/?ref=22#!/events/450567358345690/

 

Motivational-

An excerpt from
Eat That Frog!
by Brian Tracy

The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the "Pareto Principle" after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the "vital few", the top 20 percent in terms of money and influence, and the "trivial many", the bottom 80 percent.

He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this principle as well. For example, this principle says that 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results, 20 percent of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales, 20 percent of your products or services will account for 80 percent of your profits, 20 percent of your tasks will account for 80 percent of the value of what you do, and so on. This means that if you have a list of ten items to do, two of those items will turn out to be worth five or ten times or more than the other eight items put together.

Number of Tasks versus Importance of Tasks
Here is an interesting discovery. Each of the ten tasks may take the same amount of time to accomplish. But one or two of those tasks will contribute five or ten times the value of any of the others.

Often, one item on a list of ten tasks that you have to do can be worth more than all the other nine items put together. This task is invariably the frog that you should eat first.

Focus on Activities, Not Accomplishments
The most valuable tasks you can do each day are often the hardest and most complex. But the payoff and rewards for completing these tasks efficiently can be tremendous. For this reason, you must adamantly refuse to work on tasks in the bottom 80 percent while you still have tasks in the top 20 percent left to be done.

Before you begin work, always ask yourself, "Is this task in the top 20 percent of my activities or in the bottom 80 percent?"

The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you will be naturally motivated to continue. A part of your mind loves to be busy working on significant tasks that can really make a difference. Your job is to feed this part of your mind continually.

Motivate Yourself
Just thinking about starting and finishing an important task motivates you and helps you to overcome procrastination. Time management is really life management, personal management. It is really taking control of the sequence of events. Time management is having control over what you do next. And you are always free to choose the task that you will do next. Your ability to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of your success in life and work.

Effective, productive people discipline themselves to start on the most important task that is before them. They force themselves to eat that frog, whatever it is. As a result, they accomplish vastly more than the average person and are much happier as a result. This should be your way of working as well.

 

Don’t Think for a Minute That You Can’t Do It! Check Out these Famous People with Disabilities-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Z06EeIhFM

 

As a Person with a Disability you are More Likely to Become a Victim of a Crime. Even Though this Article is from London the Same Principle Applies to Those of Us Here in the United States-http://disabilitynews.com/american-disabilities-act/disability-raises-the-odds-of-being-a-victim/

 

Technology Corner- New American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®-http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=1&SectionID=47&DocumentID=6259

 

Cooking Corner-One Shopping Bag of Groceries and Five Dinners!-http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/dinner/1Bag5Dinners/main.aspx

 

May 2013

 

This Month:

 

We are Celebrating People with Disabilities and Entrepreneurship.

We, people with disabilities, started a company, to help others with disabilities.

You may be able to start a business.

 

 

You the Budding Entrepreneur This site has many useful tools for those wanting to start their own business. It includes a career guide, a planning kit, websites to aid you, and so much more!- http://www.quintcareers.com/entrepreneur_resources.html

 

EntrepreneurshipA Flexible Route to Economic Independence for People with Disabilities-Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic-There are so many benefits to owning your own business. However what are those benefits, what is available, and how do I find out about all of the programs? This site will take you to find those answers-http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/misc/entrepre.htm

 

 

 

Andrew Liebs has many accomplishments as an entrepreneur as well as being the Guide to Assistive Technology for About.com. His books include: A Field Guide for the Sight-Impaired Reader and Sports and Games of the Renaissance (ABC-CLIO). His disability writings have in: the Boston Globe, Disability Studies Quarterly, Exceptional Parent, and the San Francisco Examiner, among others. His athletic pursuits include five Boston Marathons and a 3,400-mile coast-to-coast bicycle trek.

This exceptional man has high pursuits. Please read on-

 

 In 1987, I took third in the Boston Marathon’s Visually Impaired division with a time (2:54) that qualified me for the Paralympic trials. 
Had someone said “Paralympics” to me then, I’d have stared, dumbfounded, equated “Para” with “Special,” and wouldn’t have considered going. 
But the para prefix meant “parallel.” Today, when disabled athletes visit the White House with the other US Olympians, I’m amazed how quickly the games grew. “Parallel” could stand for “Parity” now.
Over the same span, disabled sports and accessible recreation exploded, enabling me to try Nordic skiing, tandem cycling, and surfing as age and injuries reduced my running. 
The number and types of opportunities had grown faster, I thought, than most people -- including blindness professionals -- realized. 
That’s what inspired me to write the 
Encyclopedia of Sports & Recreation for People with Visual Impairments (IAP, Charlotte, NC), published earlier this year. I wanted blind persons and those who serve them to see how much there is, provide inspiring stories, and present advice and resources on how to try new activities. 
In January, I was elated to learn that the US Department of Education had issued a directive informing schools they must include students with disabilities in sports and fitness programs. 
There are many simple, adaptive devices to accommodate blind students: tactile aiming devices for archery, tappers to tell swimmers when to flip turn, tethers for guide runners, etc. And many sports, including golf, weightlifting, and wrestling, require minimal rule changes.
Though I missed my chance to compete in the Paralympics, I’m confident my book can help schools introduce today’s disabled students to more activities throughout their education so it becomes an ongoing part of their lives. 

Encyclopedia of Sports & Recreation for People with Visual Impairments
By Andrew Leibs 
288 pp. Information Age Publishing 
$39.09 (Paperback, online)
http://infoagepub.com/products/Encyclopedia-of-Sports-Recreation-for-People-with-Visual-Impairments

 

 

The Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (GNED) is committed to building a global, social and business network to which existing business owners with a disability, whether they be experienced entrepreneurs or people with potential, can turn at any stage of their business journey.- entrepreneurswithdisabilities.org

 

Technology Corner-Disabilities: This article comes from disabilityie. In it they discuss alternate methods for the mouse and the keyboard-http://www.disability.ie/technology/technology/personal-tech/414-888581318

 

It's up to you to make choices that work best for you. It really is all within your point of view. Regret is a matter of perspective. If you like who you are NOW, it follows that you can embrace, without regret, all the choices that led you here.

Difficulties impact me—they do not define me.
Challenges mold me—they do not make me.
Praise may encourage me—it is my own vision that inspires me.
Successes may spur me on but it is my own reward that satisfies me.
Pain may permeate but my heart and hope prevail.
Criticism and pettiness may knock but the lock is on my side of the door.
Abundance may pave the road but it is generosity that lights the way.
As long as I'm breathin'—I'm livin'.
My way. Beginning every fresh moment—now!

June 2013

A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment-http://www.ada.gov/workta.htm

 

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities-This workbook is for youth to make informed decisions on disclosing their disability socially, work wise, and in education. It can be downloaded as a PDF, in text or as an audio.- http://www.ncwd-youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure#download

 

Job Tips-For Educators and People with Disabilities-A great resource for all phases of the employment process!- http://www.do2learn.com/JobTIPS/index.html

 

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)” was authorized by Congress in the Department of Labor's FY 2001 appropriation. Recognizing the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce, the Secretary of Labor delegated authority and assigned responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy. ODEP is a sub-cabinet level policy agency in the Department of Labor.”

http://www.dol.gov/odep/about/

 

Job Seekers

“The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. We offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Hiring people with disabilities into Federal jobs is fast and easy. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process.”

To find Federal jobs for which you can apply, use USAJOBS (external link)

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/

 

Disability Employment Hiring

Overview

“There are two types of hiring processes. In the non-competitive hiring process, agencies use a special authority (Schedule A) to hire persons with disabilities without requiring them to compete for the job. In the competitive process, applicants compete with each other through a structured process.”

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

 

Your Local Portal For Employment-

The GettingHired Mission: To create sustainable employment growth and opportunity for people with disabilities.

http://www.gettinghired.com/Default.aspx

Daytona Beach One Stop Career Center-359 Bill France Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Phone-386-323-7001

 

One more way-serving job seekers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, and businesses in finding employment opportunities.- http://www.onemoreway.org/

 

AbilityJobs.com-The largest online bank of employment from entry level to professional- They are a division of Ability Magazine-http://www.jobaccess.org/

 

EOP'S DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION CAREER CENTER-Connecting qualified job seekers in all career backgrounds with employers - http://www.eop.com/career.php- Here you can look for employment, post your resume, post a job, or view resumes.

 

Ability One-“ For people who are blind or who have significant disabilities”- http://abilityone.org/work_with_us/people.html

 

TOP 50 EMPLOYERS from CAREERS & THE DISABLED MAGAZINE along with the TOP 20 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYERS- http://www.eop.com/awards-CD.php

 

NISH-“ is a national non-profit agency that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. We accomplish this through a national network of more than 550 nonprofits agency partners to fulfil contracting needs for the Federal Government, commercial businesses and government contractors”. For more information- http://www.nish.org/about-us/about-us-home

 

For Veterans:

disABLEDperson, Inc.- Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans-This site also has links to Wounded Warrior Resources and the Microsoft IT Academy (“program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap”

 

The National Resource Directory (NRD) “is a website that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them.- https://www.nrd.gov/jobSearch/index

It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.” Topics include:

 

RecruitMilitary is a veteran-owned.  They provide education,  employment, new business and franchise ownership opportunities, training,  and more.- http://recruitmilitary.com/

Helmets to Hardhats-This site and the opportunities are based on training for the field of construction. For more information-copy and paste this link-https://www.helmetstohardhats.org/jobs/about/

 

Veteran’s Enterprise-Connecting Vets with Employers. Many other resources are also available on this site-please copy and paste this link-http://www.veteransenterprise.com/index.php/career-opportunities

 

Technology Corner-Brand New Technology Testing!- New system interprets brain signals of people with disabilities, helps them to interact with their environment-Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-brain-people-disabilities-interact-environment.html#jCp

 


July 2013
 
Living with a Disability is different for those of us that have them, but wait, there is good news!
Check out these people who have, or live with someone who has a disability. Pages also follow regarding living with a disability as well as those for caregivers.
Enjoy our newsletter.
Happy 4th of July!
 
 
 
Top 10 Extraordinary People With Disabilities- More examples of  great achiements-http://listverse.com/2010/01/18/top-10-extraordinary-people-with-disabilities/
                                                                       
 
 
 

Living with Disability- Disability Service and Self-help Center-http://www.dssc.org/disability-grants/

 
 
Life with a disability-Answers to many questions about living with a disability. From caregivers to support on careers-http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Disability/Pages/Lifewithdisability.aspx
 
Womenshealth.gov- Caregiver resources, well spouse, benefits.org, and much more-http://www.womenshealth.gov/illnesses-disabilities/caregiver-support/
 
Caregiver Stress & Burnout-How do you deal with stress and burnout? What can you do? Find answers here-http://www.helpguide.org/elder/caregiver_stress_burnout.htm
 
Technology Corner-NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech Offers Enhanced Accessibility in Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act-http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10775623.htm?goback=%2Egde_97729_member_246012331
 
Pope invites Down Syndrome teen on car for a spin-“Francis invited Alberto di Tullio up onto his open-top Mercedes at the end of his general audience Wednesday, letting him spin around on the pontiff’s white chair while tens of thousands of people looked on.- http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/2013/06/19/pope-invites-down-syndrome-teen-car-for-spin/PlFS45iCqvIvAYjUfDy39M/story.html
 
 
August 2013


This month we are focusing on You! What are you in need of? What are you looking for? We hope that the following has addressed some of those needs. Please email us with more of your needs. Working for you is what we are about!
 
 

Medicaid- provides Medical coverage to low income individuals and families. One may also apply for medical assistance for children with the Florida KidCare program. For more information- Contact ACCESS Customer Call Center (866) 762-2237 Florida Relay 711 or  TTY (800) 955-8771-http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash/medicaid

 
 
State of Florida Medicare and Prescription Drug Program-Understand what your program covers-http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=117
 
 
Florida Health Finder-This is a resource for medical information that includes tests, conditions, facilities, and providers. See below for all that they offer.
Resources
A comprehensive collection of help and information for consumers.
Health Education
Learn about medical conditions, symptoms, procedures, tests and more.
Locate
Find and learn about Florida health care facilities and providers in your area.
 
 
Housing in Florida-For affordable housing solutions-
The FloridaHousingSearch.org website was launched in June of 2006, and is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation  . The website was developed with support from a number of nonprofit and government organizations in Florida.”
 
 
Learning-This is for all types of learning, including obtaining a college education- http://www.ldonline.org/index.php
 
 
Free Courses, towards a College Degree!- http://education-portal.com/
 
 
Technology News!-We may all be driving Soon!!!- Bosch self-driving car spotted in California-
 
 
Cooking on a Budget-The booklet is 32 pages long and has detailed guidance on how to save money while helping the environment, by cutting your energy use and food miles-
 
 

September 2013


Advocacy
This Month Is All About Advocacy. Everyone Who Either Has A Disability or Works in the Disability Field Has Advocated, Will Advocate, Advocated, or Needs an Advocate. Below You Will Find Links to Advocacy Agencies, Information About Your Rights, and More.
 
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)-
NDRN is the nonprofit, voluntary membership association for the P&A and CAP agencies. Collectively, the network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
Going through each list you will find the Agency that Locally will Provide Services
Our Work
The initial focus of the Network was to safeguard the well-being of individuals living in institutions. Today, all P&As continue to monitor, investigate and attempt to remedy adverse conditions in large and small, public and private, facilities that care for people with disabilities. P&As also assist persons with disabilities find living arrangements that are the least restrictive possible; indeed, the P&As have been at the forefront of the de-institutionalization movement.
Over the years, the focus of P&A work was broadened to one that secures the rights of persons with all types disabilities wherever they reside. P&A statutes were expanded to give the P&As additional authority so that the P&As now devote considerable resources to ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlements, healthcare, accessible housing, transportation, and productive employment opportunities, as well as continuing to seek prevention of abuse and neglect.-http://www.ndrn.org/en/about/paacap-network.html
 
The American Association of People with Disabilitiesis the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.-http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/
 
DisAbility Solutions (DSIL)-“Our mission is to empower people with disabilities
to attain equal opportunities in society.”-http://www.dsil.org/
 
Advocating-“Carrie Ann Lucas, a nationally recognized advocate for people with disabilities, was lead plaintiff in an epic seven-and-a-half year suit against Kmart…”-...
 
ADA Amendments Act-A Great Resource so You Know Your Rights-http://askjan.org/links/adalinks.htm
 
 
The   Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities- “is a coalition… 100 national disl …organizations working together to advocate for national public.”-
 
I wish I could go!-The ‘Comedians with Disabilities Act’ “Tour Rolls into Alameda September 14, 2013”-
Maybe Some people do not understand this. I have several clients that do and joke around. They humor is captivating. I myself laugh at my disability but one must remember that everyone is different. The cause, the reason, the restrictions, the mental impact, and other factors can play a part.
 
Easy Grilling From The Food Network-This includes thumbnails as well as some videos-HTTP://WWW.FOODNETWORK.COM/TOPICS/EASY-GRILLING/INDEX.HTML
 

October 2013

It is Time For Some Good News. We All Need Good News So This Month We Are Highlighting Just That!
 

Disability No Impediment To Miss America GloryFor decades, Miss America was all about beautyand “perfection,” physical and otherwise. But like so much about the venerable competition, this has changed. …This year, there are two contestants with physical challenges”-http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/09/13/disability-miss-america-glory/18713/

 
Great News from APD- An Administrative Law Judge has ruled in support of the agency and its iBudget Florida program. This Program gives flexibility for those with Medicaid benefits. Please see this link for more information- http://apdcares.org/news/news/2013/court-rules--favor-of-ibudget.htm
 
 23rd Abilities Awareness  Day Celebration at Daytona State College- on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Daytona Beach Campus in the courtyard (west of Lenholt Student Center /Cafeteria, Building 130).
 
 
Technology Corner-Amplified Phones are wonderful for the hearing impaired. Did you know that you can easily qualify for a free phone? See this link and find out how-http://www.ftri.org/index.cfm/go/public.view/page/1-(copy and paste this link)
 
 
 

November 2013

We Are Supporting Those With Disabilities This Month. From articles on programs on rights and services to

empowering your employees. Don't forget to check out the newest technologies that are available for those with disabilities. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


 

“The Administration for Community Living oversees a number of programs that support older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers.

Services include:

ñElder Rights Services provide a range of programs that help to protect the rights of vulnerable and at-risk older individuals both the community and long-term care settings.

ñHealth, Prevention, and Wellness Programs help older adults remain as healthy as possible. Efforts include evidence-based disease and disability prevention programs and the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program.

ñNative Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Americans Program acknowledges the unique cultural and social traditions of Native and Tribal communities.

ñNational Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information provides information and resources to help individuals plan for future long-term care.

ñNational Family Caregiver Support Program provides a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.

ñNutrition Services provide balanced and nutritious meals at home or at a congregate setting such as a senior center, church, or another community facility.

ñSupport Services assist older adults to maintain their independence in their communities. Services include assistance with transportation, in-home care, community-based services such as adult day care, and information and referral assistance.

Other programs offer older persons opportunities to enhance their health and serve their communities through volunteer programs. Visit the Administration on Aging website to learn more about these and other programs.”

http://www.acl.gov/Programs/Index.aspx

Empower Your Employees with Disabilities! Keep them On The Job! This Article Shows You How to do Just That with Simple Ways-http://www.workwithoutlimits.org/employers/recruitment_and_retention/career

This is a listing of links to other disability resources compiled by the Center on Human Policy primarily related to people with cognitive disabilities. Although lenghtly there are many areas I am sure you will find very interesting-http://disabilitystudies.syr.edu/resources/otherdisabilityresources.aspx#independent_living

Technology Corner-New Technologies Get More Disabled People Into Workforce-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/disabled-workforce-technology_n_3486649.html

Cooking Corner- We all need Quick and Easy Recipes This Year, These Come With Videos!-http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/thanksgiving/quick-and-easy/

 

 


December 2013


This is a month of Giving but we must also think about those who take away from us. So we are going to touch on both of those subjects.

We here at Adaptive Technology Solutions lost one of our Board Members. She was taken by her room mates. They committed fraud. We want to help protect those out there. So we are going to start with some pertinent information to aid you in those matters.

 

What is Elder Fraud? It doesn't just affect the elderly! What does it mean and how can you protect-yourself-http://www.stopfraud.gov/protect-yourself.html

 

Identity Theft is prevelent in today's society. This link is on the same website. Learn how to protect-yourself-http://www.stopfraud.gov/protect-identity.html

 

Self Protection-Many of Need This Information. I found it very useful -http://www.kidpower.org/library/article/challenges/

 

Technology News and Ideas for Christmas Gifts for Those with Disabilities-The Technology That's Keeping Those With Disabilities Employed-There is new Technology being created all of the time. This is helping to increase the rates of employment of those with disabilities. In this article you will find types of technology that aid those with disabilities in the workforce . Also discover the  impact of the new rate of employment rate of those with disabilities.- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/technology-disabilities_n_3486424.html

 

Ideas for Christmas Gifts for People with Disabilities-

Voice-recognition programs-With this program you talk and your computer types. It is useful for people who have difficulty using their hands, for those that are deaf, have communication problems, and for those with dyslexia. On-line you can hop and find this product for under $60.00

Deficit disorder apps-These types of apps can be found on the internet ranging from .99 and up!

Video Relay Services-These are for a communication basis. In this video format one is using a video desktop with a mobile device. This is a free service.

Text Relay-In this service the communication is formed by the deaf person typing and the relay person speaking. This is a free service.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)-This is an on-demand sign language interpreting service, that is delivered over a live Internet video connection. You need to check with you service provider. In this are Sprint and AT&T appear to be the only providers.

Smartphone Apps-These are great for opening and closing your door!. The monthly cost is $9.00 and up. See this article for the links to the companies offing them- http://www.alarmsystemreviews.com/home-security-apps-iphone-android-blackberry.html

Cooking Corner-Time for Baking Cookies. These are easy Recipes. Although I found one that isn’t but I have to make the Salted Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies!- http://www.pillsbury.com/holidays-celebrations/christmas/easy-christmas-cookie-recipes#!

 January 2014

Time to Start a New Year! A time for new beginnings. A perfect time to look ahead for a new career, new technology, new types of treatments, new recreation, and something new to cook.

So let's start fresh!

 

Are You Are A Professional Looking for A Career?-Looking for a Job?-http://jobs.disabilityscoop.com/search_results.php?category=&location_id=11&submit_search=Search

 

Study Finds Sensory Therapy Has Merit For Kids With Autism-” study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggests that the approach can reap meaningful gains in significantly less time than the 40 hours per week often recommended for traditional behavior therapy. “-http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/12/09/study-sensory-merit-autism/18951/

 

Technology Corner- The Future of Technology looks bright for people with disabilities as Georgia Tech is researching the aging process and developing technology that will benefit people-http://midtown.patch.com/groups/schools/p/georgia-tech-researchers-study-aging-with-disabilities

Extra-Rings and Bracelet Translate Sign Language-This technology has just been designed and is not available yet. We look forward to the time when it is!-http://technabob.com/blog/2013/11/19/sign-language-translator-rings-bracelet/

Winter Is The Time For Sports-Check Out The Paralympic Ski Team From Poland- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjVJqSz4GEk 

 

Cooking for One? Want to make it Fun?Try These Recipes from Delish-http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/cooking-for-one#slide-1

 

 

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