GettingHired Hosting Online Career Fair for Job Seekers with Disabilities

GettingHired, Inc., a national disability outreach and recruitment solution, is hosting an online career fair for job seekers with disabilities on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 between 12 – 3 p.m. EDT. More than 20 actively hiring GettingHired employer partners, including Merck, MetLife, Amgen, Comcast NBCUniversal and Waste Management, are participating in the event which will give job seekers the opportunity to talk directly with recruiters in real-time via a text-based chat system. Continue reading GettingHired Hosting Online Career Fair for Job Seekers with Disabilities

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USBLN Forges New Disability Business Growth Initiative with Local Affiliates

Earlier this year, the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) launched the USBLN Affiliate Supplier Diversity Initiative, enlisting affiliates to design and implement proactive strategies to build awareness and increase utilization of disability-owned businesses in local communities. We are excited to announce Wells Fargo, a USBLN Corporate Partner and Founding Partner of the USBLN Disability Supplier DiversityProgram (DSDP®), will provide generous financial support to aid these efforts. Continue reading USBLN Forges New Disability Business Growth Initiative with Local Affiliates

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BlindPAD’s tablet makes visual information tactile for the vision-impaired

It’s truly amazing, the wealth of information we all have at our fingertips — that is, of course, unless your fingertips are how you have to access that information. An innovative new tablet that uses magnetically configurable bumps may prove to be a powerful tool for translating information like maps and other imagery to a modality more easily accessed by the visually impaired.

The tablet, unnamed as yet, has evolved and improved over the past few years as part of Europe’s BlindPAD project, which aims to create a cheap, portable alternative to touchscreen devices. It’s developed by researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

The latest prototype is about the size of a thick iPad mini, and it uses a clever mechanism to raise and lower the bumps that form images, letters or Braille (although they’re rather large for it). Each little bump is attached to a magnet; the magnet is always attached to one of two steel layers, and can be switched by running a current briefly through an adjacent coil. Like an e-paper screen, no power is required to keep it in its current position, making it very efficient.

The process is quick enough, though, that the dots can animate or vibrate for feedback, and could detect being pressed or glided over by a hand.

The idea isn’t to create a Kindle for the blind, however; Braille displays must be much higher density. That usually requires a different type of haptic display, such as the one used by Blitab. The BlindPAD tablet has 12 rows and 16 columns, for a total of 192 potential bumps, “taxels” as some have called them. That’s much better suited to things better shown than described.

“People can read with a Braille display, and detect nearby obstacles with a white cane,” said EPFL’s Herbert Shea in a news release. “Our tablet, which will not cost much to produce, will provide graphic information in real time, so the user can check out the layout of a room or street before venturing into it.”

Continue onto TechCrunch to read the complete article.

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Signature sauces by Huntington Beach teen with autism a big hit at Pacific City restaurant

HUNTINGTON BEACH– Julen Ucar carefully measures the ingredients for his special “Non-verbal Herbal” marinade in the cozy confines of the Ways & Means Oyster House at Pacific City. The sauce, with just the right proportions of extra virgin olive oil, two kinds of vinegar, basil and other spices, has become a popular complement to the restaurant’s steak, fingerling potatoes and spinach dish. Continue reading Signature sauces by Huntington Beach teen with autism a big hit at Pacific City restaurant

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5 Easy Steps to Push Through to the Next Level

By: Deborah Peters, International Business Accelerator

One way of looking at your life, your relationships, your health and your business or career is identifying what you don’t want it to look like or what you don’t like about it. It is human nature to see things or observe circumstances that we don’t want and is often the catalyst to identifying what we do want. Continue reading 5 Easy Steps to Push Through to the Next Level

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