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On-line training and tools for AT in college or work

Posted by Jane Gay on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Minnesota Star Program’s New School and Work AT Program
Tools for Your Future: Using Assistive Technology to Succeed at School and Work, is Minnesota’s latest program, which incorporated e-learning modules to create awareness of AT, its use to support higher education/employment goals, and to foster advocacy skills of AT users in higher ed/employment settings.  To learn more, visit www.MN.Gov/Tools-For-Your-Future

Summer jobs, part-time jobs, internships, volunteer positions and teens with disabilities?

Posted by Jane Gay on October 22, 2014 at 5:00am 0 Comments

What do all these have in common? Well, currently maybe not much. Many teens with disabilities do not get the benefits of the other four.  Can you remember the first jobs you had and all you learned from them???  When teens do experience summer jobs, part-time jobs, internships or volunteer positions >> they are more likely to be gainfully employed as adults.   These opportunities allow them to explore jobs or careers, learn those “all important soft skills” (like show up on time every…

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The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder requires attention

Posted by Monica Rouse on October 21, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

 In 2008, 1 in every 88 children, age 8, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). That statistic jumped to 1 in every 68 in the 2012 statistics reported by the Center for Disease and Control (CDC).  In addition, for each girl diagnosed with ASD four boys are diagnosed. Caucasian children are diagnosed at a higher rate than non-Hispanic and Black subgroups, and of those diagnosed children, age 8, reported by the CDC, 53% have an IQ below the average range. Now I am not necessarily a…

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Real IOWAN success stories

Posted by Jane Gay on October 16, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Iowa now has several success stories of people with disabilities who are employed and earning wages or who are self-employed as small business owners. Follow the links below to view their stories:

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