WebAnywhere

Posted by on 19 May 2011 | Tagged as: Accessibility, Resources

A screen-reader in the “cloud!”  WebAnywhere is a web-based screen reader that allows someone with a visual impairment to access the web from any computer with a sound card.  While it’s still a work in progress, and has some limitations, it’s still worth checking out to determine how you might make it available to your customers.

You can access the Beta Release of WebAnywhere by visiting:

http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coach

Posted by on 29 Apr 2011 | Tagged as: Accessibility, Resources

The Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense recently launched the PTSD coach, a phone application that offers tools to Veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress.

Key features include:
– A self assessment of PTSD symptoms with individualized feedback
– Coping skills & assistance for common PTSD-related symptoms & problems
– Assistance finding immediate support
– Education about key topics related to trauma, PTSD, & treatment

The PTSD Coach downloadable application can be found at:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ptsd-coach/id430646302?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3d2

FREE Disability Rights Online Course

Posted by on 24 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Accessibility, Reasonable Accommodations, Resources

I was referred to this new training by a colleague.  It’s a free, self-paced webcourse available 24/7 that provides an overview of disability rights laws. I took the course last week, and really enjoyed it.  I was excited to learn a few new things about some of the disability laws I’m less familiar with (e.g. transportation, housing). It includes real life scenarios, quizzes, a final exam, and as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), I was pre-approved to
receive two-hours of continuing education credits!

You can take the training at:

http://www.disabilityrightscourse.org

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Posted by on 10 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: Productivity, Resources

David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, is a work-life management system that helps transform what you’re currently doing into an integrated system of productivity.  The book gives you an overview of the principles,  practical advice and coaching on implementing the process as well as why it works.

I currently have the audio version of the book, but found the hardcover on Amazon and David Allen’s website for under $10.00.  I’m listening to it for the second time – and continue to get little tidbits of information from it.  If  you’re wanting to change what you’re currently doing, I’d encourage you to check it out!

You can learn more about it on David Allen’s website: www.davidco.com It’s under the Products section.  He also has a free newsletter.

WIA Section 188 Checklist

Posted by on 24 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: Accessibility, Disability Etiquette, Reasonable Accommodations

If you are a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funded program or are a partner of a One-Stop, today’s resource is actually the source of many of the recommendations I share with One-Stops during my one-on-one consultations and disability-related trainings. It’s meant to help providers in implementing the regulations related to serving customers with disabilities.

I’d recommend saving this as a resource or web “favorite,” so you can easily access it if you need to clarify or research specific information: http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/section188.htm

FREE Typing Tutorials

Posted by on 10 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: Resources, Skills

Today’s resource focuses on skill attainment for our customers.  Below are links to several free websites geared at improving someone’s typing speed.  You can use this for your customers or yourself! All of the websites are free of charge, and each has special features, including courses available in other languages, typing tests using alternate keyboard layouts, and one that provides tutorial pages for helping users find the best input method for improving text entry skills.

CareerMag

Posted by on 27 Jan 2011 | Tagged as: Resources

CareerMag.com is a web-based job search engine, similar to Monster.com.  It allows a client to post a resume online, and provides other resources, like articles, to help clients advance their career. As of this morning, there  were 408,821 jobs posted from around the country!  You can also sign up to have job leads in your area emailed to you.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

You can visit the site and sign up to become a free member at:
http://www.careermag.com

Doodle

Posted by on 13 Jan 2011 | Tagged as: Resources

Have you ever tried to schedule a meeting with other staff or partners and found it takes multiple emails and phone calls just to narrow it down to a few dates?  Today’s resource is a fast and efficient  way to schedule a meeting or event, and it’s free!  I was introduced to Doodle.com by a colleague.  to use it, all you do is add your event, potential dates and times, and Doodle does the rest.  Attendees  can follow the link to your calendar and check off the dates/times they are available.  Then, all you have to do is look at the final calendar to determine when to hold your meeting – no wading through  emails or tallying up who can do what when.  It’s all done for you!

You can try it out for yourself by visiting: http://www.doodle.com
If you’re someone who’s looking to save time, this is a great tool!

NCDA Guidelines for the Use of the Internet for Provision of Career Information and Planning Services

Posted by on 11 Nov 2010 | Tagged as: Accessibility, Resources, Service Provision

Don’t get intimidated by the long title.  This is a great resource!  I came upon these guidelines while working on a project recently.  With more and more agencies providing services “virtually,” this  provides service providers with a really good framework of things to consider.  When I say virtual, I mean email, the Internet, and the computer-based programs/software many of our clients are currently using.  I would encourage you to take a look.  I’m actually making some changes to one of our programs as a result.

You can access the guidelines at:
http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/guidelines

The 411 on Disability Disclosure

Posted by on 28 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Disability Etiquette, Interview Strategies, Resources

I came upon this resource in one of the publications I receive each month.  It focuses on disability disclosure.  You can actually download this workbook for free.  Although it’s geared toward youth, many of the topics apply no matter what age you are.  There is also an accompanying workbook for adults that can be completed in tandem.

You can download the workbook at:

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure-for-adults

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