Capabilities is continuously offering trainings for our career consultants to ensure quality service for every person we serve. With Ohio recently approving the Employment First Initiative, the state has offered an online training for people who provide supported employment for people with developmental disabilities.
We would like to congratulate our career consultants who have completed their on-line supported employment training. They will also be completing an in-person training to complete the course.
In our St. Marys Office: Aubrey Homan, Wendi Saintignon, Deborah Johnsman, Jessica Blair, Karen Blumhorst
In our Toledo Office: Julie Braker, Seana Connors, Gary Loach
In our Findlay Office: Jerrica Swihart, Nichole Klingler, Autumn Adams
In our Dayton Office: Kayla Fields, Dan Sok, Beth Barr, Courtney Queen
Recently, an awesome video of Rion Holcombe, a person with an intellectual disability, getting accepted into a collegiate program has gone viral. His reaction is classic. In case you haven’t seen the video, here it is:
Rion was accepted into Clemson Unversity’s ClemsonLIFE program. is a program that gives people with intellectual disabilities the college experience and get a lot of the social benefits of going through a degree program. The students also get training. To find more about the ClemsonLIFE program, you can find more out here: http://www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/culife/.
I just was reading through my Dragon NaturallySpeaking Newsletter for February, and I came across a great article in it. It talks about how Evan Upchurch, a former Microsoft Employee, uses Dragon NaturallySpeaking to help make computers more accessible for him to use.
It talks about how he was able to really concentrate on his writing, and not his typing. Evan said that like in many other jobs, Microsoft had a high volume of emails. Using Dragon, he was much better at getting back to emails. I specifically appreciated his quote, “At Microsoft, email is lifeblood. If you can’t do email, you do’t exist.”
To check out the full article, check this link out:
Recently, Belinda Bockrath, Southern Area Manager, and I were interviewed on the Education Report with Gary Honert on a few radio stations near Dayton, OH.
Luckily, Justin Draper, the new Driver’s Education Manager at Capabilities, has a knack for doing some video editing. He kindly put together the audio from the event into some great videos. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Here is a picture of station where we recorded at.
Just wanted to let everyone know that Belinda Bockrath, our Southwest Area Manager, and I were recently interviewed for a few Clear Channel stations. We are going to be on the Education Report, with Gary Honnert. Here are the stations, times, and dates that you can listen to us:
Date: Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Station and Time:
I received an email from one of our Career Consultants today, and she sent me this picture:
So, naturally, I had to find out more about this vehicle…
It turns out that the Kenguru was actually developed in Hungary, but they assemble units for the United States in Pflugerville, TX (near Austin).
Here is a quick video about the car where you can see how it works.
Here is a more full feature video that talks about the company that makes them in the US (Community Cars), the CEO of that company (Stacy Zoern), and information regarding the joystick driven version that they are creating.
They are actually still trying to find funding for the joystick model. They are crowd sourcing the development through Rockethub. Here is a widget where you can find out about the current funding and get a link to the full Rockethub page.
Here is the website where you can find out more about the vehicle here in the US: