By Alan Hubbard, James Weisman & Peter Wilderotter
Several years ago, an employee described the trauma she endured entering a government building to secure some documents. The woman, who suffered from agoraphobia and PTSD, was frozen in fear as she sat weeping in the car. The chances of her entering a local polling booth to vote are non-existent.
Voting by mail for all registered voters can bring the ballot box to the door of the 61 million American adults living with a disability, many of whom are without an accessible voting facility.
Published on March 17, 2020
As companies across the nation are faced with quickly adopting a work remote model for their employees, I’m noticing many of them are grappling with some of the challenges I’ve seen during my 10 years at the National Telecommuting Institute (NTI). For those who may not know, the National Telecommuting Institute has been at the forefront of the remote worker model for the last 25 years. During my time at NTI, I have trained workers with disabilities and placed them in work from home jobs at major companies across the country.
Below are my top…
When you are traveling with a disability, getting from here to there can be presented with obstacles. Whether on an airplane, cruise ship, train or car it can also be rough going through the long security lines or trying to get from one end of the terminal to the other.
If you experience any one of these things, it can be very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
At the Reeve Summit 2020, one of the topics to be discussed is “Tips and Tricks: How to Make Travel Less Stressful,” on Friday, February 28th at the JW…
Known for her strength and courage, Robin Roberts delivers a message of hope as a two-time cancer survivor.
“It’s funny to say, after going through cancer twice, that I feel stronger than I ever have in my entire life,” said the ABC “Good Morning America (GMA)” host, in a 2018 Parade Magazine article “but I can sincerely say that and it’s true.”
Roberts will be the keynote speaker at the Reeve Summit 2020, at the JW Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. February 28th. The Reeve Foundation, named for the late actor Christopher Reeve, brings people together to “foster the next…
The Reeve Summit 2020, its first paralysis and spinal cord injury conference, featuring presentations from experts in the disability field, will be held from February Feb. 26–28, at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Christopher Reeve’s spinal cord injury, and the conference’s goal is bringing together community members, health professionals, and caregivers. The keynote speakers will be former United States Senator Tom Harkin, who was a co-sponsor of the Americans for Disabilities Act in 1990, on February 27th at noon, while Robin Roberts from ABC’s “Good Morning America” will speak at 9 a.m…
Tom Harkin served Iowa as a member of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives and was a Democratic presidential candidate in 1992. Perhaps what he is best known for, though, is leading the way in the United States Senate to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. He was the co-sponsor of the bill.
“We heard stories of individuals who had to crawl on their hands and knees to go up a flight of stairs or to gain access to their local swimming pools,” wrote Harkin in Ability magazine on the anniversary…
Getting around the employment and benefits world can be challenging for Americans with disabilities. The Reeve Summit 2020 will have a panel to help conference-goers gain help and advice. The conference will is running from February 26 to 28 at the Marquis Marriot in Washington, DC.
Cheryl Bates-Harris, Jennifer Sheehy, Kelly Buckland, and Victor Calise will be the guest speakers at the “Tools for Navigating Employment and Benefits,” which will be Thursday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon.
The conference is the first one held by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation dealing with paralysis and spinal cord injuries…
In this decade, sustainable energy is expected to be front and center as we become more energy efficient. As one of the leaders in being sustainable, Tesla is working to produce clean energy, including converting sunlight into clean energy.
When the company started in 2003, Tesla’s first goal was to make an electric car, which was more fun than a gasoline-fueled vehicle. That has evolved into now still building cars along with a sustainable energy ecosystem, manufacturing battery cells and solar roofs, allowing Tesla to create thousands of jobs with renewable energy.
84,000 people who suffer from cardiovascular disease. Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is a day to ponder how art affects your heart. Considering February “American Heart Month,” NTI is leveraging the day to allow you to express and showcase your talent through art.
Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. Heart disease — and the conditions that lead to it — can happen at any age.
We ask that you participate in our #Heart4Art contest for a $100 gift certificate. If…
As the number of people working remotely grows, the need to protect against cybersecurity threat increases. Companies are guarding against cybercriminals being allowed to gain access to their websites to prevent the stealing of sensitive data.
“Your computer security system needs to be constantly updating,” said Peter O’Leary, NTI@Home’s IT director. “If you don’t do this, you are leaving yourself extremely vulnerable to acts. The cybercriminals are always coming up with a new way to steal information.”
One way to prevent theft is to educate employees on how to be on guard against attacks by having them avoid using unsecured…
NTI@Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps individuals with disabilities find at home work. We provide free mentoring, training, and placement services.