GUEST POST: 4 Ways That Tech Can Help People With Disabilities Reach Their Career Goals

by Patrick Young, AbleUSA

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Are you living with a disability and looking for a career boost? Then upgrading to the latest tech could be the secret to unlocking your professional potential. You only need one essential piece of tech to harness the latest accessibility and productivity tools: a smartphone. So here are the best ways to put that little piece of tech in your pocket to work to enhance your career and reach your professional goals.

Smartphones Can Come in Handy for Job Seekers…

Are you on the hunt for your perfect new job? Then you need a powerful smartphone to fuel your job search! Having a powerful phone and a reliable phone plan can give you an edge when looking for a new position, because you will be able to connect with potential employers on the go. When looking at wireless phone plans, make sure the one you choose includes unlimited talk, text, and data so that you can stay connected without data limits. That’s crucial when you are out making connections and networking with other professionals in order to boost your career prospects. Networking is one of the fastest ways to snag more interviews and land your dream job, and you can also use your phone to search for industry events, join professional social media groups, and reach out to top leaders in your field. Plus, you can use job search apps to apply from your smartphone, so you won’t have to worry about missing a career opportunity.

…But Smartphones Can Also Help With Promotions

If you’re already established in your career, upgrading your phone could help you land a promotion or raise as well. In addition to getting access to the latest job search apps, having an updated smartphone in your pocket will also allow you to access productivity apps that can improve your performance as an employee. Whether you need to organize work projects or create powerful marketing content, there are countless apps that can keep your daily workflow efficient and effective. You can also use your phone to research negotiation tips that will help you highlight your improved performance and maybe even score yourself a raise.

Apps Can Also Provide Accessibility Options for Professionals…

Working with a disability doesn’t have to limit your performance, and accessibility apps can make performing daily tasks a little easier. For example, those with impaired or low vision can use apps like Envision AI to get a better feel for what is going on in the office, while workers with a variety of disabilities may find voice assistance like Google Assistant useful for performing different work tasks. Many of these apps can come in handy for Android users, but those who prefer Apple products can use accessibility apps as well. Deaf Wake can be useful for keeping mornings productive, while apps like Tattle can help professionals stay on top of current news. Even if these apps will not make your work life more productive, they may reduce stress in your personal life, which can also improve your performance as an employee and boost your career.

…and Employers May Be Required to Provide Tech for Accessibility

If you need a paid app to make your work more accessible, you could foot the bill for that subscription on your own. Per ADA requirements in the workplace, however, you could also request that your employer cover the cost of apps and technology needed for reasonable accomodations. When companies and corporations employ or hire workers who are living with disabilities, they must also commit to providing any tools or assistance to meet the special needs of those individuals. These legally required accommodations can include software or technology that allows for greater accessibility, so check with your employer about making accomodations before you pay for any smartphone apps or new tech out of your own pocket.

Upgrading to a powerful new smartphone, and having the right plan to go with it, is such a simple way to take the stress out of achieving your career goals. So check in with your current carrier and research your smartphone and app options, to discover all of the ways that a single tech improvement can make your work life easier.

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6 WAYS TO AVOID BEING A HOLIDAY BUTTERBALL.

It’s cookie season again!

DECEMBER 23, 2018KATHE SKINNER, M.A., L.M.F.T. EDIT

This is the time of year food is on our minds. Not just any food, but rich food, expensive food, once-a-year food. It’s when even the most disciplined among us vow to “wait until after the holidays”.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of Americans say they want to lose weight. With only a little time before the festivities begin the chances of being successfully svelte are, well, slim to none.

Here’s how to avoid being a holiday butterball:

Start early. Gold’s Gym memberships spike 40% in December and January, while the sad fact is that a hefty 80% of January joins quit within 5 months. If you’re serious about weight loss wait until February to get a membership. Statistics show that’ll improve your chances of success. Even more successful? Stick with the program all year long.

It”s not that the work is hard; the hard work is to keep going,

Dance to your own music. “Dealing effectively with stress” and “emotional regulation” are cited by 92% of 1,328 psychologists as the main reasons for their patients’ failures in weight loss. Emotional eating is a behavior learned in childhood when a sweet snack is an emotionally satisfying way to cope.

Who’s this for, anyway? Are you trying to please a critical parent, spouse, or friend who say you would be more attractive or successful if you lost weight? Putting your health first is, in the first place, about you. Addressing
underlying and longstanding messages are part of the mental health component necessary for mental and physical health.

Change defeating habits. While there are lots of reasons for societal obesity, some come from the choices we make every day. Good-for-you meals don’t have to be additive-rich, over-processed ones. Take advantage of federal law that requires calorie counts to be on menus. Buying gasoline and dinner at the same place are not healthy mealtime practice.

Rapid weight loss without healthy changes in diet and exercise is a chocolate-covered promise.

Keep it simple. Changes that are too complicated reduce chances for permanent behavioral alterations. Go easy; start slowly, feeling comfortable and confident to go on. Life changes don’t have to be complicated to work.

You can’t have it all. Even if you could, you can’t have it right now.  Reasonable thought often conflicts with desire. Unfortunately, ours is a society used to short attention-spans, immediacy, and instant gratification. True lifestyle changes are accomplished over time, with consistent practice, and lots of patience. That can be a poor fit in an ersatz society.

As tempting as it sounds, having our cake and eating it, too, isn’t realistic. More than genetics alone, successful weight control relies on the sometimes challenging choices we make for a healthy mental and physical life.

 Kathe Skinner is a private practice Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs where she lives with her husband and two kitties.

Copyright 2018, Being Heard, LLC

How You Voted: 1 Thing To Keep to Yourself

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Smart.  Educated.  A creative problem-solver.  So how could somebody so smart be so stupid?

And how could somebody as savvy as me have married him?

My husband and I are part of the 38% of married couples who are mismatched politically.   In over 31 years of marriage talking politics is something we’ve learned not to do.

I could explore the reasons for this, but I really don’t care to.  I choose to close my eyes to my husband’s stupidity for the sake of marital harmony.   And, to be honest, so I can keep believing I made a good choice.

Forget all the communication rules about respecting and understanding and talking calmly.  We’ve opted for the Bartender’s Rule:  We just don’t talk about it.

Kathe Skinner is a Colorado Marriage & Family therapist in private practice.  Both she and her husband, David, are registered Independents who tend to lean in opposite directions.  They’ve stayed married for over 31 years by not talking politics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything Date Night Should Be

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I wanna be smiling.  Like this, see?

I wanna have fun.

I wanna be with grown-ups, talk about grown-up things, like love..

I wanna look nice.  Smell nice, too.

I want some good, lip smackin’ eats.

I wanna build a better relationship.

I wanna understand my partner.

I wanna do some give and take with other people.

I wanna talk about anything but the kids.  Or the job.  Or the weather.

I wanna be a watcher.   Sometimes I just wanna take it all in.

I wanna relax.   No pressure.  I got pressure all week.

I wanna make you glad to be with me.

 

Date Night premieres Saturday night, 3/17/18 with John Wayne as The Quiet Man.   Check show time, location, cost.  Registration required. Professionally guided for couples by Kathe Skinner, Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Relationship Specialist. ©2018, Being Heard, LLC.

 

 

 

FAMILIES ARE VETERANS, TOO

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l to r: Dad, Aunt Mary (visiting), Mom, me, and my sister. Honolulu, Hawaii, 1968

Usually drunk, or trying hard to be, Saturday nights we’d pile into somebody’s car and drive over to the MATS terminal on the military base where many of my friends and I lived.  The flight line wasn’t our reason for driving there; as I recall the snack bar had really good fries.

It was 1966, in Hawaii, and the Military Air Transport terminal on Hickam Air Force Base was a stop on the hop from California for soldiers going to Vietnam.  Like us, most of them were teenagers.

Most of my friends were kids of military families like mine.  Ever since Pearl Harbor the military presence on Oahu’s been pretty beefy so being a military kid –  Air Force, Army, Marines, and especially Navy – wasn’t unusual.  My life was about protocol and acting appropriately…

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HOW MANY WINKS GET LOST IN A TIME CHANGE?

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I’m not a math person; just ask my husband.

I’m okay when the price per ounce is noted; it’s when cost is calculated as the price per pound I get annoyed.  What if you’re not buying a whole pound?  Multiplying by 16 isn’t so easy, I don’t care who you are.

It’s the same when the time changes.

See, I set my clock fifteen minutes ahead to fool myself that I have more time than I really do.  Never works, but that’s beside the point.

What’s being asked of me this weekend is to stretch my fifteen minutes by an entire hour and fifteen minutes.  Just like at the supermarket, I’m reduced to doing math in my head.

This time-change business is troublesome.  For at least two weeks in March or April and again in October or November a muffled question quietly sounds from my side of the bed:  what time is it really?  

I get confused.

    • Why does gaining one hour mean subtracting it?
    • Why doesn’t time do its springing and falling the same date every year?
    • Does a dentist in a non-change-time town put down two appointment times for patients in a next door town where time does change?
    • Who came up with this, anyway?
    • If time is mutable, what time is it . . . really?

To me all this messing around with times and dates doesn’t seem very scientific – it’s a bit contrived, and at the very least not friendly to users like me.

Too bad Einstein’s not around; without doing the math, I think I may have cracked the space-time continuum.

Kathe Skinner is a Colorado Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice who’s about to gain one hour’s sleep.  Find her website at www.coupleswhotalk.com and sign up to get her  newsletter, a weekly quick-read for parents and partners.  It’s free!

copyright, 2018  Being Heard, LLC