Going Back: Learning To Live With The New Normal

Going Back: Learning To Live With The New Normal

This is an old post from the early peak post-COVID times. We’ll leave this up in case some of the advice is helpful. Whether it’s you going back to work, or your children trying a new part-in school, part-remote school routine, many of us will be having to adjust to changes because of the pandemic. There will be many aspects of every day living that we won’t have control of, but with every change, there also comes opportunity. 1. Give Yourself a Break. It’s an incredibly stressful time and no one knows what the future will hold. Many people are even experiencing weird pandemic dreams so sleep and all routines are disrupted. As you begin heading back to work or starting school, the number 1 […]

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Online Certifications

Online Certifications

With some jobs and higher educations up in the air because of the pandemic, some college graduates and workers are looking to online certification programs to improve their future job prospects or salary. Certificates may be highly desirable or required for certain jobs. The federal government runs a online certification finder HERE at Career One Stop. Many colleges and businesses offering certifications, many might ask, do ADA or the American for Disabilities Act rules apply? Are accommodations possible for certification exams and will my results indicate if I used accommodations?

From the US Department of Justice: “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to fairly compete for and pursue such opportunities by requiring testing entities to […]

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Welcome to the Real World: Landing Your First Job [Premium]

Welcome to the Real World: Landing Your First Job [Premium]

For entrepreneurs, their first jobs may have been of their own making in elementary school, but for the rest, the first real jobs are when school is finally over. Compared to the volumes of resources available for school children, the advice and resources for the newly employed or newly job hunting, information is scarce. FOR JOB HUNTERS: 1. CONSIDER YOUR STRENGTHS AND LOOK FOR A GOOD JOB MATCH Ask for others’ opinions if you’re too self-critical. Don’t be afraid of aiming high. Jobs where you will be valued and where you can use your creativity and problem solving on a daily basis will not only be more enjoyable, but also be suited to your strengths. 2. LEARN YOUR TECHNOLOGY Now’s the time to get up […]

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Surviving and Thriving Without College

Surviving and Thriving Without College

Just over 1/3 of the U.S. adult population has a 4-year college degree, but as tuition rates skyrocket, many dyslexic families with young people might reasonably ask – “Is it worth it?” or even “Do I even want it?”. Even if we know in theory that we want our children to pursue their passions, having our son or daughter choose not to go to college might trigger instinctual reactions that we may not have realized we had. The truth is that there are many careers that don’t require 4-year college degrees and LD students are more likely than others to drop out of a 4-year college. Just 34% of students are likely to complete a 4 year degree within 8 years – compared to 56% […]

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[PREMIUM] How to Talk About Dyslexia in Interviews

[PREMIUM] How to Talk About Dyslexia in Interviews

Although it’s not required to disclose one’s dyslexia in job interviews, many people make decisions to do so. Some want to be assured that they are joining a workplace that is welcoming to dyslexic employees. Others feel as if they want to be open with their prospective employer, while others choose to disclose for other personal reasons. Regardless of the reason, if you’ve decided to disclose, interview prep can only be be helpful. “If [the medical disability] is not obvious, unless it is germane for the actual job, I don’t think it’s necessary to discuss it during an interview.” – Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy at the US Department of Labor.   1. HOW MIGHT OUR PROGRAM NEED TO BE MODIFIED TO […]

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Dyslexia at Work Survey

Dyslexia at Work Survey

If you haven’t filled out our DYSLEXIA AT WORK SURVEY – there’s still time! Click HERE. What’s the #1 strength that people report at work?…. Big picture strengths! A wide range of occupations were reported. Here are some examples: program coordinator, physician, factory worker / full time student, planner, analyst, special education teacher, occupational therapy, manufacturing tech, finance and HR controller, attorney, carpenter, software engineer, high school administrator, digital marketer, manicurist, human resources, vice president sales, entrepreneur, Principal, COO, non-profit executive, animatronics, cybersecurity, regional manager, tutor, community health nurse, information architect, counselor, artist, underwriter. 60% of respondents said that they have disclosed their dyslexia at work. About 25% disclosed to a supervisor and 30% to a co-worker or friend. Only 6% disclosed to human resources […]

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DYSLEXIA AND THE  NURSING PROFESSION

DYSLEXIA AND THE NURSING PROFESSION

‘‘Nurses with dyslexia [. . .] can use a multidimensional approach to patient care and can visualise a patient as an integrated whole. They can connect with a patient in way that integrates the art and science of nursing…(Dyslexic nurses) use ‘‘novel and creative problem solving measures that show an exceptional understanding of patients’ individual needs and the wider nursing issues involved in nursing care.’’ – Jacqueline Wiles, Nursing Standard In the United Kingdom, the Royal College of Nursing has produced a toolkit of how to support students and employees with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia in the nursing profession although nothing similar is available here in the US. The nursing profession can be well-suited to many dyslexic strengths that include (but are not limited to) […]

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[PREMIUM] Dyslexia and Job Interviews

[PREMIUM] Dyslexia and Job Interviews

Here are some quick tips to consider if you’re on the job hunting trail. Job interviews can be pretty stressful, so prepare (actually, over-prepare) to help the process go as smoothly as possible. 1. Research the Company or Business – Do your homework: use official channels (the company’s website) as well as unofficial channels (former employees, LinkedIn, Glassdoor) to learn as much as possible about the company you want to work for. Does the company seem to value neurodiversity? Do you know of any dyslexic employees or executives there? 2. Prepare for the Interview – If you are new to the workforce and interviewing process, use Google or another search platform to check out sample questions and answers. If your interviewer asks complicated or multi-part […]

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Never Give Up [PREMIUM]

Never Give Up [PREMIUM]

“Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve. Officers and men alike will put forth their uttermost strength.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War   Ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu recognized that extraordinary feats of courage and bravery can happen when it seems as if there is no escape. Battles are not all of the military kind, of course. Recently, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran shared her experience when she first got contacted for starring on Shark Tank: After she had shared the news with everyone she knew, she got a call that said they had changed their mind and invited another […]

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