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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.

How Will You Celebrate the ADA?

How Will You Celebrate the ADA? Posted on July 10, 2017 by naricspotlight This month will mark the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation has changed lives and formed the basis for similar legislation in countries around the world. We’ve shared personal reflections on the ADA from our Director, Mark Odum, and other NARIC staff members, on life before and after the ADA and what it means to have a “seat at the table.” It’s amazing to consider that there are young adults with disabilities, including college students, job seekers, and newcomers to the workforce, who have grown up with the ADA. We wish we could say these young people don’t know a world with barriers to places, programs, and services, but these barriers (physical, digital, programmatic, and attitudinal) still exist. Change is happening, however, and we here at NARIC will celebrate the future of access and participation for everyone!… Read More > How Will You Celebrate the ADA?

Make Everyday Adaptive Equipment, Tools & Services Count at Work

Employers provide many accommodations at no cost to employees with disabilities. However, you may find that certain items or services that you use in your daily life outside of work are also important to your workplace success. You are responsible for paying for these things. Today’s blog post shares Work Incentives that can help you save money to afford what you need to achieve your goals. Read this Work Incentives Wednesdays post to learn how a Plan to Achieve Self-Support and Impairment-Related Work Expenses may help you!

SSA Blog Post: Ticket to Work for Young Adults

Tad Asbury of the Bridges from School to Work program joined us and shared resources and advice for young adults as they transition to the workplace. Throughout the presentation, we got many great questions about Bridges, Social Security Work Incentives and job searches. In this You Asked, We Answer! blog post, we answer the top questions to help you on your path to employment. Check out the blog post and visit the WISE archives to watch the webinar.

WVU Hearing Aid Fund Established to Help Low Income Clients, Honors Morgantown Physician and Former Professor

West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services is partnering with the Morgantown Rotary Club to provide hearing aids to low income clients of the WVU Hearing Center through a fund created to honor the late Dr. Hugh Lindsay, MD, PhD. Click here to read more.