New Blog Post! Increase Your Chances for a Job Interview! In today’s guest blog post, you’ll find tips to strengthen your job application, so you can stand out to hiring managers and land a job interview. Our guest blogger, Lisa Jordan, is the president of Human Solutions LLC and serves as Board Chair of the National Employment Network Association (NENA) and shares her expertise as an employer. Increase Your Chances for a Job Interview Sep 18, 2017 By Lisa Jordan, President of Human Solutions LLC, Buena Park, CA In today’s job market, landing a job interview almost always ties back to an employer’s initial connection with your cover letter and resume. Paying attention to how you present yourself in your resume and cover letter may help you stand out as a qualified candidate. Consider these tips, from an employer’s perspective: Send a cover letter Unless an employer asks you not to send one, include a cover letter. If it is… Read More > New SSA Blog Post: Increase Your Chances for a Job Interview
Chris Ulmer used to be a special education teacher who now travels the world giving a voice to children with disabilities. #childrenareamazing
Annual IEP Goals: What You Need to Know By Kristin Stanberry At a Glance Your child’s IEP goals should be reviewed and updated annually. These goals should focus on helping your child succeed in his school subjects and with everyday life skills like socializing. Once your child’s new IEP goals are set, the IEP team decides what supports and services will help him reach those goals. During each annual IEP meeting, you and the rest of your child’s IEP team will review your child’s progress toward meeting his annual goals. You’ll also develop new goals for the coming year. Setting annual IEP goals is much like planning the next “destination” in your child’s journey. First, you need to figure out how he’s doing now. (Where is he now?) Then you can decide what help he needs to reach his next set of goals. (Where should he go next and how can he get there?) Here we explain the process of… Read More > Annual IEP Goals: What you Need to Know
Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College The transition from high school to college can be a confusing time for any student. Deciding which school to attend is one of the biggest decisions a student will make. But for students with learning and attention issues, there are some additional hurdles to navigate. NCLD recently released The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5, the fourth edition of NCLD’s powerful, data-filled publication. The report explores many facets of being a student with learning and attention issues, including the transition from high school to college and the workforce. One of the most important decisions a student makes in their academic career is whether or not to go to college. Yet, while students with learning disabilities are just as smart as their peers, they attend four-year colleges at half the rate. And those who do attend college are less likely to complete it. So what is getting in their way?… Read More > Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Expect in the Trauma Center, Hospital, and Beyond Based on Research by TBI Model Systems A severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects more than just the injured person. It also affects family members and friends who love and are close to the person who is injured. As one of these people, you play a very important role in caring for a loved one with a severe TBI. For many, this role is new and comes with a lot of questions. What is severe TBI? TBI occurs when an outside force disrupts the brain’s normal function. Falls, car crashes, assaults, and a blow or strike to the head are the most common causes of TBI. Severe TBI always includes a period of unconsciousness (uhn-KON-shuh s-nis). During this time, the person will not be able to stay awake. He or she will not be able to interact with surroundings in a purposeful way, such as reaching… Read More > Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Expect in the Trauma Center, Hospital, and Beyond
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives: Part 2 of 2 – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET If you are age 18-64, receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI), and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need! Join us Wednesday, September 27, 2017, for the next WISE webinar. During the webinar, we’ll talk about Social Security programs and Work Incentives available to people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. We’ll answer top questions and our guests from Social Security will present on: How to identify the type of disability benefit you receive by going online; Work Incentives that are available to you if you receive SSDI benefits; and Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. Register online at choosework.ssa.gov/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY). You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam… Read More > Register Now! September 27 WISE Webinar
DRWV is celebrating 40 years as our state’s P&A! To celebrate, we will be hosting an event on September 22, 2017 from 3:30PM to approx. 8PM @ the Embassy Suites in Charleston. To view a flyer for this event, please click here. The showing of Bottom Dollars, which is a Rooted in Rights film, has been approved for 2 hours of Social Work CEU credits. Go to http://drwv40anniv.eventbrite.com to register. The cost is $10 for Social Work CEU and $15 for the Dinner/Celebration. We do have limited free seating for the Bottom Dollars Screening if you don’t need the CEU credit but wish to watch it, however, you still need to register online so we can have an accurate account of people. (Due to funding restrictions, we must sell the Bottom Dollars tickets separate from the dinner, however, we encourage you to register for both. You won’t want to miss either!) Also, stipend funds are being made available to people with developmental… Read More > Bottom Dollars and 40th Anniversary Celebration!!
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 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
https://askjan.org/enews/2017/Enews-V15-I3.htm 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.