April03,2015

Getting Hired for Work-at-Home Is a Different Process

A photo of Paula Reuben Vieillet, President and Founder of Employment Options, Inc.

By Guest Blogger Paula Reuben Vieillet, President and Founder of Employment Options Inc. 

Even though there are many similarities between applying for a local job and applying for a virtual work-at-home job, there are many significant differences. Your knowledge about this process can be the edge you need to secure the job you want!

The Application Process

Unlike jobs in your local community, almost all work-at-home jobs require an application to be submitted online. This submission tells the employer that you have access to a computer and you have a specific skill set to use the Internet and follow detailed instructions online. Most will not take phone calls or emailed resumes. They require you to use the submitted form.

Unlike applying in-person, tech issues can get in the way. Nevertheless, they can be overcome with patience and persistence! Below are some tips to solve some of the most common problems.

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April01,2015

Exploring Supported Decision-Making as an Alternative to Guardianship

A photo of Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Aaron Bishop.

By Guest Blogger Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

In January, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) published a blog that led to a rich discussion among our readers. The purpose of the blog was to announce the recent funding of a national resource center to explore and develop a concept known as supported decision-making. The responses included everything from enthusiastic support, to cautious optimism about the concept, to outrage. The range and diversity of stories, experiences and responses reflect the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this important issue. In fact, many of the concerns shared by readers highlight exactly the sort of questions the National Resource Center for Supported Decision- Making seeks to explore during the coming years.

Supported decision-making is not a program. Rather, it is a model that can replace or, in some cases, be used alongside existing guardianship arrangements. The guardianship model assumes that it is necessary for others to make all decisions about how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and older adults with cognitive impairment live their lives. Supported decision-making, on the other hand, starts with the assumption that, with adequate support, people can and should retain choice and control over their lives.

The key is a process centered on the person to whom the decisions apply. Supported decision-making provides assistance in specific ways and in specific situations, based on the individual needs of the person.

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March27,2015

How to Pay for Long-term Care on a Fixed Budget

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By Guest Blogger Max Gottlieb, Content Editor, SeniorPlanning.org

Long-term care costs are rising yearly, and with more people approaching age 65 than ever before, the rates are not expected to fall. Not everyone plans ahead and unfortunately, we cannot know for certain when someone will begin to need long-term care, as it varies case-by-case. For the elderly population specifically, many individuals begin long-term-care after a sudden life change that renders them incapable of caring for themselves, like a stroke or a fall. In the best-case scenario, patients return home after successful rehabilitation; however, as unfortunate as it may be, many individuals are unable to return to their former health.

Sometimes, there is no sudden change and it is simply advanced age that is the main factor determining whether a person can safely remain independent. When someone does need long-term care, depending upon the severity of the person’s situation, he or she is either cared for by professional caregivers or family members or moved into an institutional setting. About 80 percent of seniors who need long-term care services receive those services within their own home or the home of a family member. The remaining 20 percent move into facilities, specially designed to accommodate a wide range of needs. Regardless of where we choose to spend our twilight years, there are costs involved. Below, I’ll outline some common ways people are able to fund their long-term care.  Read More about How to Pay for Long-term Care on a Fixed Budget

March23,2015

Advancing Inclusive Education and Equal Opportunity with Accessible eBooks

Betsy Beaumon, President of Benetech

By Guest Blogger Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech

The digital revolution and ongoing advances in technology have made it possible to get more content, in more ways, to more people. This could truly be a golden age of access to books and information for all. As President of Benetech, a nonprofit that harnesses technology as a force for social good, I’m always seeking new ways to enrich and improve more lives. Our social enterprise business model aims to create financially sustainable projects that measure success in the number of lives changed for the better.

Through our four programs – Global Literacy, Human Rights, the Environment and Benetech Labs – Benetech works at the forefront of building human centered software-for-good tools for individuals with disabilities, human rights activists and environmental sustainability fieldworkers.

Today, I’d like to share highlights from our Global Literacy Program and how it creates new and better opportunities for people with disabilities. Thanks to the support of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and other generous funders, Benetech acts on the belief that literacy and education are not a privilege, but a basic human right.

We established the Global Literacy Program to address the needs of the millions of people who are denied this right and face tremendous barriers of access to information. This includes people with print disabilities, such as those affected by learning differences, like dyslexia, or people with physical or visual disabilities. We also serve others who have developmental disabilities and have not been taught to read into adulthood through additional services.

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