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Winter 2012 CommunicAbility Vol. 12, Ed. 1

New Horizons Un-Limited Inc. (NHU) is a non-profit organization based in Milwaukee with a mission to make information and life experiences accessible to people with life-long disabilities, their families and caregivers. To learn more about our mission and activities, please visit the New Horizons Un-Limited website at www.new-horizons.org or e-mail horizons@new-horizons.org.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Improve your employment skills with GCFLearnFree.org

Do you know how to type a letter in Microsoft Word? How about creating a presentation in Power Point? Or better yet, do you know what prospective employers want to see on your resume? If not, gaining these skills has never been easier! All you need is a computer, speakers and Internet connection to get started.

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  • Social Media, including Facebook and Twitter
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  • Interviewing
  • Job Searches

    These lessons, which are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allow you to learn at your own pace. Perfect for beginners, each lesson focuses on one concept at a time and includes easy-to-follow videos and interactive demonstrations that take you through the concept step by step.

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    Prepare for your GED and learn life skills

    GCF Learn Free is also great for those of you who are hoping to earn your GED, or for parents that want to teach their child basic life skills, with such lessons as:

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    Everyday Life

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  • Telling Time
  • Bus Maps
  • ATM

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    When the world screams, "give up," hope whispers, "try it one more time!"

    We all need a little nudge from time to time to remind us that life is only what we make of it. Often times that nudge comes in the form of a story; a story from a fellow citizen with a disability that proves success isn’t simply found, but earned, through hard work and tireless perseverance!

    L. Vance Taylor is a successful husband, father, and highly esteemed homeland and environmental security consultant in Washington, D.C. He also happens to have Muscular Dystrophy.

    Despite the rather grim predictions of his childhood doctors that he would never graduate high school, he went on to earn a master’s degree in homeland security and become a policy expert, trusted advisor, and co-owner of a government affairs and business development firm in D.C.

    In a recent blog post on Disability.gov, Mr. Taylor reflected on his journey, saying:

    “Mine is a story of success. I studied diligently, worked exceptionally hard and fought with every fiber of my being to “prove” I deserved the same opportunities afforded to the non-disabled. Once I entered the workforce, I put the pedal to the metal and have never stopped pushing forward. That I could do so is wonderful; that I had to is tragic.”

    Mr. Taylor goes on to describe a disastrous early interview, during which an ill-informed hiring manager grilled him about his disability, and how an un-paid internship allowed him to shine.

    It is an exceptional story that should be read by all. Visit The Fight to Work to read about Mr. Taylor's journey.

    For more light-hearted inspiration, visit Mr. Taylor’s personal blog at rollingperspective.blogspot.com.

    “Patience & perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear & obstacles vanish.” ~ John Quincy Adams

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    Give and gain through volunteering

    You’d be surprised at the variety of valuable work and social experiences volunteering can bring into your life. Volunteering can bring friendships, enhance work skills and create confidence.

    Even if you cannot work full time due to a disability, consider giving a few hours each week to your favorite charity. Chances are they are looking for compassionate, hard working volunteers to help them carry out their mission.

    Don’t know where to start?

    First, find your passion. Is it animals, children, older adults, the environment, music, art?

    Second, find an organization that works in support of this passion.

    There are certainly dozens of non-profits organizations that serve your community. If you don’t have one in mind, contact your local chamber of commerce or non-profit/volunteer center. You could also use the phone book to find local organizations.

    If you have access to the Internet, Volunteer Match is a great resource to locate volunteer opportunities. You can search by location and keyword so that only the most appealing opportunities are listed. Visit volunteermatch.org to find an opportunity that fits your interests.

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    Smart phone app makes communities more accessible

    You can help ensure that more people with disabilities are able to access and enjoy their communities!

    Access Together is a new smart phone app that relies on "crowd-sourcing" to identify accessible venues, such as grocery stores, restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and more, in your community.

    Visit accesstogether.org on your smart phone to share your accessibility experience with venues in your area.

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    Words to Live By Word Search

    As you find each word, take a moment to reflect on how you can incorporate each into your life, or help others incorporate these ideas into theirs. And remember, life is only what we make of it. “Cease the Day” and enjoy this little exercise for your mind and soul!


    Words to Live By Word Search
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