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Assistive Technology: Difference Between Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech (TTS)

Both audiobooks and text-to-speech (TTS) can help kids who have reading issues like dyslexia. These types of assistive technology let kids listen to a book being read aloud as they look at the words. But audiobooks and TTS are different in key ways. Use this chart in this link to find out the differences.

What’s the Difference Between A “Service Animal,” An “Assistance Animal,” And An “Emotional Support Animal”?

As written in this space (and elsewhere) all too frequently, professional apartment owners and managers have seen a significant surge in the number of reasonable accommodation requests by residents with animals. Some of these requests are legitimate and we are happy to approve them. An increasing percentage of these requests, however, appear to be questionable at best and reflect an effort to avoid otherwise legitimate pet rent/fees. As a part of the review and evaluation process, here are some definitions that, I hope, will help leasing offices as we engage in the interactive process with our residents/applicants: A ”service animal” is defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a dog that is specifically trained to performs tasks for its owner with a disability. Think of a dog that assists someone with a vision disability cross the street. For the most part, the ADA does not apply to residential apartment communities. The exception is that the ADA does apply… Read More > What’s the Difference Between A “Service Animal,” An “Assistance Animal,” And An “Emotional Support Animal”?

5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia

5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia Reasonable Accommodations may be requested that permit you to: participate in the job application process; perform essential functions of the job; and enjoy employment benefits and privileges. You are only required to disclose a disability if you need a job accommodation. You choose if and when to disclose your disability. Employers may not ask you if you have a disability, or about the nature/severity of your disability, during the application process or job interview. Accommodation requests can be made at any time during your employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services can assist you with preparing for, securing, retaining, making advancements in or regaining employment. The purpose of Vocational Rehabilitation is to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. Individuals should be full and active partners in the Vocational Rehabilitation process making meaningful and informed choices, ensuring opportunities to obtain gainful employment in integrated settings. Vocational Rehabilitation services are available… Read More > 5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia

JAN E-News Vol. 15, Issue 3, Third Quarter 2017 ENews: Volume 15, Issue 3, Third Quarter, 2017 The JAN E-News is a quarterly online newsletter. Its purpose is to keep subscribers informed about low-cost and innovative accommodation approaches; the latest trends in assistive technologies; announcements of upcoming JAN presentations, media events, trainings, and Webcasts; and legislative and policy updates promoting the employment success of people with disabilities.      

24th Annual People First of WV Conference-Sept. 6-8th!

The 24th Annual People First of West Virginia Conference will be held September 6-8th at Jackson’s Mill in Jane Lew, WV. Click here to read more and see the full itinerary!

SSA Blog: Jumpstart Your Job Search with a Career Fair in August!

Begin August by attending a career fair! Whether in person or virtual, career fairs are an excellent way to meet employers and job search. Read today’s blog post to learn about national and local opportunities to attend career fairs in August.