Archive for the 'Advocation' Category

Spotted Cow Coffeehouse: Brewing Coffee and Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

I got a link to post to Capabilities’ social media outlets, and I had to do a little more research, as this business seemed like a great story. While doing this, I thought that this story had to be shared in more detail, so here it is… Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did researching it…

The Spotted Cow Coffehouse is a new business in Urbana, OH. The coffee business is a great business to get into, and it seems like they are positioning themselves very well to take advantage of this. Another way that this business is taking advantage of business opportunities is by specializing in hiring people with disabilities. According to the mission on their website, the Spotted Cow Coffeehouse envisions a continuous goal to build the lives of adults with disabilities. They also say that they will facilitate the growth as individuals and they will construct a positive synergy to extend to our guests and our community.

According to a recent article in the Dayton Daily News, the Spotted Cow Coffeehouse is employing three people with disabilities and two high school students to oversee the workers. Another great thing that I see is that they are giving the people with disabilities jobs that they want, not just putting them in the jobs that would be easiest for them to complete. It is great to hear that Eric, their recent associate of the month, is even working on mastering the espresso machine and memorizing drink recipes.

The Spotted Cow gets their mission and vision from their founder and CEO, Bobbi Custer. You can tell her passion of helping people with disabilities from reading about her bio on the Spotted Cow website and her blog.

I know next time I am in Urbana, I have a new place to stop! Luckily, I will be able to follow them through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, so that when I get there, I will feel at home already :)

Congrats to the Spotted Cow, and Good Luck with your business!  I am sure with all of your positive energy you are putting out there, you have to be getting some of it back… Hopefully other businesses will see this example of how hiring people with disabilities can be a great business decision to help your business.

Employment First Initiative Training

Ohio Employment First Initiative

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

Person with Intellectual Disability Gets Accepted to College

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 HolcombeRion 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:

After seeing this, I was interested to see if there are similar programs to this for people in Ohio. It seems like programs like this could really help people who are transitioning from high school to the real world. It turns out there are a few. is a website that lists post secondary options for people with intellectual disabilities. For a list of all of the options in Ohio, check out this page:

Congrats Rion! Good luck in your new adventure!

via Huffington Post

Tim’s Place: Restaurant Owned By Person with Down Syndrome

So I was just ending up my workday, and I came across a video that gave me an awesome dose of positive energy.

Here is the video:

So, of course I had to look a little more into this… Here is a link to the restaurant’s webpage:

Tim’s positive attitude flies through this video, and you can tell why his business is successful. It also seems that he has a great support team, which is important for any business.

The restaurant is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so if you are there, support this restaurant!

Good luck Tim, and keep up the great work!

Also, next time I am in Albuquerque, I fully expect a hug…

Dragon Success Story for Person with Multiple Sclerosis #MS

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:

Capabilities provides training on Dragon NaturallySpeaking in our Computer Assistance and Training Service.  Contact us today to find out how we can help you use Dragon and many other accessibility programs.

Education Report

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.

First Segment

Second Segment

Third Segment

Capabilities Staff Interviewed

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:

We talked for about a half hour about a lot of interesting things, so please be sure to tune in!

If you can’t listen in at any of these times or are out of their coverage area, I am trying to get an audio version of this that we can share out to everyone.

Interesting New Design for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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:

You can also follow the Kenguru vehicle on Facebook. Find their page here:

Android PoliceHulu Plus, HBO GO, And MAX GO All Updated With Closed Caption Support

Check out this link for some great news about how a few streaming services on Android now offer closed captioning.

The Future…

So if Google gets this to work for the masses, accessibility issues for people who cannot drive vehicles in rural areas may be a thing of the past.