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My GMU EagleBank Arena vaccination experience: 1. 3-minute wait to check in2. 1-minute wait after check-in to be seated ...
03/19/2021

My GMU EagleBank Arena vaccination experience:
1. 3-minute wait to check in
2. 1-minute wait after check-in to be seated for the shot
3. Questions about health history and if you tested positive for the virus in the past
4. Wait 15 minutes in the waiting area, which is playing Hendrix
5. Tons of staff to help you to and from your vehicle if you need help
6. Bathrooms are easy, accessible, clean, and empty
7. The parking lot is really empty and some people Uber'd

Check out the new-ish alt-text features on Facebook.
02/11/2021

Check out the new-ish alt-text features
on Facebook.

Check out the new-ish alt-text features
on Facebook.

02/03/2021
Vocational Rehabilitation Program Specialist, GS-0101-13 (DE)

The following OSERS vacancy announcement(s): Vocational Rehabilitation Program Specialist, GS-0101-13, located in the Rehabilitation Services Administration, State Monitoring and Program Improvement Division (SMPID), Vocational Rehabilitation & Technical Assistance Unit closes on February 16, 2021 and is open to everyone. This vacancy is limited to 100 applications and may close before the close date listed if that limit is reached.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the announcement or wish to apply, you must submit your application online through the USAJOBS website which can be accessed through the following location:

OSERS-2021-0015 (non-status candidates) – DEU

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/591196900

OSERS-2021-0016 (federal employees/status candidates) – MP

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/591197400

This position is located in Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), State Monitoring and Program Improvement Division (SMPID) in Washington, DC. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), State Monitoring and Progr...

Boston woman bakes with a mission
01/13/2021
Boston woman bakes with a mission

Boston woman bakes with a mission

Collette Divitto, a 30-year-old woman with Down syndrome, opened Collettey’s, a Boston bakery with the mission to hire people of all abilities. During the pandemic, Collettey’s has donated treats to nursing homes, health care workers and those on the front lines.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
12/16/2020

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Engineer, athlete, and veteran Dr. Rory Cooper knows first-hand the importance of diverse perspectives in invention. He currently holds more than twenty patents in the field of rehab engineering and assistive technologies, and his wheelchair innovations have made daily life better for wheelchair users.

He sees the value of his work reflected in the experience of those who use his technology: “My inventions have never made me a lot of money, but I have been paid more in smiles and happy tears than most inventors ever have.”

Learn more about this innovator and his work in this article from the Lemelson Foundation: https://bit.ly/2VAcyRO.

You can also read his #USPTO #JourneysOfInnovation story: http://bit.ly/31nPXIH

#ExpandingAmericanInnovation

Love this story.
12/06/2020

Love this story.

“I’ve blacked a lot of it out. But I do remember that recess was a nightmare for me. My mom told me later that she would sometimes hide in the bushes, and when she saw me sitting by myself, she’d start crying. The diagnosis was ‘selective mutism.’ I’d get so anxious around people that I physically couldn’t speak. I’d get a rock in my throat, and it would feel like that moment right before you faint—when everything sounds so far away. It could be lonely at school. I was the only student with a full-time aide. I was the only one who held up a sign when the teacher called attendance. It doesn’t feel good to be different. But my parents did everything they could to minimize that feeling. Every night before I went to sleep, my mother would say: ‘You’re a terrific kid, and I love being your Mommy.’ When my school had a Halloween parade, she knew I’d be too anxious to do it alone. So she dressed up as Minnie Mouse and marched right alongside me. She was always very attentive to my emotions. But she was also a lawyer so she made sure that my rights were being respected. She knew that the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act promised a ‘free appropriate public education.’ And that’s exactly what she wanted for me. She once shut down my entire elementary school for an in-service day, and the entire faculty was taught to ask me ‘yes or no’ questions so that I could nod in reply. She wanted me in a mainstream classroom, having mainstream experiences. So that I would never be left behind. And by the time I hit 5th grade, I was able to speak. It didn’t happen all at once. But I grew more and more confident. I got better at making friends. I joined the debate team in high school. Recently I graduated from Cornell and completed my senior thesis on disability rights—which I defended verbally. All of this was possible because of my mother. She was beside me the entire time. I took the LSAT in January, and even though the test was five hours long, my mom waited in the lobby. She gave me the biggest hug when I walked out. When I asked her why she didn’t leave, she said: ‘I don’t know. I just wanted to be here. In case you needed anything at all.’”

‘There’s so much to life after a tragedy’: At 14, Taylor Lindsay-Noel was paralyzed in a gymnastics accident. Now her te...
11/17/2020
‘There’s so much to life after a tragedy’: At 14, Taylor Lindsay-Noel was paralyzed in a gymnastics accident. Now her tea company is one of Oprah’s favourite things

‘There’s so much to life after a tragedy’: At 14, Taylor Lindsay-Noel was paralyzed in a gymnastics accident. Now her tea company is one of Oprah’s favourite things

Toronto’s Taylor Lindsay-Noel is the driving force behind a fledgling organic loose leaf tea company included in the December issue of Oprah’s magazin...

11/05/2020
Roll with Cole & Charisma Videos

I've been following this couple for a while. I love their positivity and energy. They cover a range of topics relevant to people with disabilities. I've learned a bunch watching them. Mostly, though, they are just fun.

How We Make Our Life Easier & Better As An Interabled Couple 👨‍🦽

11/05/2020
Ollie & Cameron

Ollie & Cameron

This morning's antics before 8am.... the Superhero alphabet 🤣🤣

A new fund created by the Andrew W. Mellon and Ford Foundations awards unrestricted grants to fellows working in a range...
10/17/2020
20 Artists In Inaugural Class Of Disability Futures Fellows Receive $50,000 Grants

A new fund created by the Andrew W. Mellon and Ford Foundations awards unrestricted grants to fellows working in a range of disciplines including architecture, dance, multimedia and journalism.

A new fund created by the Andrew W. Mellon and Ford Foundations awards unrestricted grants to fellows working in a range of disciplines including architecture, dance, multimedia and journalism.

I peered into the window of Chinquapin Rec Center's pool yesterday, and saw there's a wide ramp for wheelchair users to ...
10/11/2020

I peered into the window of Chinquapin Rec Center's pool yesterday, and saw there's a wide ramp for wheelchair users to get all the way down to the swim lane, and easily start swimming right off the chair. And then get back on the chair under water when laps are finished. That's a huge difference from what my dad went through to go swimming every Sunday...wow. This rec center is about a mile and a half up King Street from the USPTO. - Arva

Noah's Miracle
10/06/2020

Noah's Miracle

Noah was only 6 months old when I had a therapist tell me that he needed to be disciplined (which meant denied parental comforting and consoling) if he was distraught during therapy because those with disabilities need to learn early on to have boundaries with caregivers and to learn they aren’t in control of the situation.

I fired that therapist, who was a State provided therapist, who then said mom was the problem and before I knew it I had a video camera in my house without my consent... the early days were definitely WTF until I realized our legal rights with a child who had a disability.

It took at least a year for us to realize Noah had a severe sensory processing disorder, and it’s not bad parenting, nor a bad child who needs to be disciplined.

09/24/2020
TED

TED

Want to know how sign language works? Think of it as like music, says Deaf artist Christine Sun Kim.

Watch her full TED Talk here: http://t.ted.com/lGc11KX
#SignLanguagesDay

09/18/2020
Special Books by Special Kids

Special Books by Special Kids

Shane is diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. His girlfriend, Hannah, lives with him and is also his caregiver. Join Shane and Hannah for a day in their life.

09/11/2020
Ollie & Cameron

Ollie & Cameron

We know quite a lot of you enjoy seeing snippets of Ollie and Cam's progress with learning and so here is a clip from last week's maths homework session.

The task required them to look up the price of an item (very cheap 🤣) and figure out what coins they could use from a specified selection to pay for the item exactly.

We tried the task firstly with a number square, however they both struggled due to the amount of different possibilities and calculations required. We then turned to Numicon and being able to visualise the values of the different coin possibilities worked a treat 👌

How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's
09/10/2020
How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's

How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's

Alix Generous is a young woman with a million and one ideas -- she's done award-winning science, helped develop new technology and tells a darn good joke (you'll see). She has Asperger's, a form of autistic spectrum disorder that can impair the basic social skills required for communication, and she...

Target’s Inclusive Costumes are Back with *Double* the Halloween Fun
08/28/2020
Target’s Inclusive Costumes are Back with *Double* the Halloween Fun

Target’s Inclusive Costumes are Back with *Double* the Halloween Fun

Last year, Target introduced Hyde & EEK! Boutique costumes designed with all kids in mind. The affordable adaptive and sensory-friendly creations brought spooky vibes, sparkles, smiles—and moments of joy—to kids (and plenty of parents) all around the country. Now, we’re making Halloween even m...

08/28/2020
Ollie & Cameron

Ollie & Cameron

Hi everybody! We hope you are all safe and well.

Ollie and Cam's class topic this term is 'pets' and they are loving learning about how to care for different animals. Here they are doing their comprehension homework today 🥰

PS. Please excuse my quiz master faux pas - A, B, 3 🤣🤣🙈

08/26/2020
Charlie and Milo: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Charlie and Milo: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

We managed to get away for one more quick camping trip and enjoyed swimming in an awesome hot springs pool, playing in the creek, exploring and, of course, ICE CREAM!
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Stay tuned because this is going to be a BIG week, friends!
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Charlie and Milo are scheduled to start school on Thursday with their favorite teacher, Mr. Mark. And then, on Friday these two monkeys are turning FIVE! I can’t even! Time, you thief, get away from my babies!
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#chucklesandmeatloaf #familycampingtrip #twinswithdownsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #theluckyfew #t21 #upsyndrome

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Cool sneaks. Good for folks on the go and those that have trouble tying their shoes.
Hospital Communication Guide for Persons Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing https://nvrc.org/covid-19-hospital-guide-technology-information/ The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons is providing a COVID-19 Communication Guide and technology information to help persons who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate with healthcare providers. The printable card may assist in situations where interpretation and other tools used to navigate medical encounters may not be available, or patients cannot read providers’ lips due to surgical masks. Users are advised to review and complete the card and download apps that may assist them before they need to go to the hospital.
A little out of date but it's the first I've heard of this.
This guy is awesome!
Interesting story about working for our soon to be neighbor.
Love this guy.