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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.

SSA Blog: Making Interviews Accessible for You!

Reasonable accommodations can help you successfully transition to the workplace. But what about before you have the job? In this blog post, Making Interviews Accessible for You, they talk about reasonable accommodations for the interview process, including what you may want to consider asking and how you can request accommodations when setting up a job interview.

Instant Braille Translator Can Fit in Your Hand

Team Tactile, an all-woman band of MIT engineering undergrads, is working on a device that translates Braille in real time.  

Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals

Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals As an animal lover, I take extra notice when I see a dog in a public place, like a restaurant or a grocery store. Usually, the dogs are wearing a vest, a special bandana, or a slightly different leash to point out that they are service animals and to not bother them because they are working. “Working” for these dogs means they are offering some type of service to their owner. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, defines service animals as “dogs who are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” Examples of such work include pulling a wheelchair, guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, among others. However, dogs and other animals that only offer emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and may not be allowed in public… Read More > Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals