When it comes to workforce planning, it’s all about the numbers – of people, that is. Demographic data suggest impending labor shortages and increasingly tight labor markets, due to projections of weak growth in the working age population over the next 15 years. Continued immigration will help to fill some of the gaps, however, an increasing number of older workers are healthy and motivated to continue working. They could fill some of these deficits in the talent pool, and might want to do so for several reasons: to supplement their current income or retirement funds, obtain health insurance benefits, pursue an encore career, or just to remain active in the world of work.
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Auburn Stephenson, and Connor Brady, both college freshman at Boston College have been recognized by a national nonprofit as role models for persons with learning disabilities. They were selected by Learning Ally for their 2016 National Achievement Awards. Auburn and Connor both were diagnosed with dyslexia in high school, but through Learning Ally there were able to find resources and develop strategies that enabled them to manage their schoolwork. To read the full article, please click here.
In 1981, Alex Truesdell‘s aunt Lynn Valley suffered a spinal injury that left her hands paralyzed. Watching (and helping) her uncle turn inexpensive, readily available materials into devices that enabled Valley to accomplish her daily activities inspired Truesdell to do the same for students at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, where she worked. Read the complet story.
How can we tell if people with severe disabilities have an active mental life? That’s a question Jim Gips has grappled with for more than 20 years. Read the complete article.
For a number of years now, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been seen by many as the international gold standard for making online resources as accessible as possible. Read the complete article
While I hope our family situation does not change, it would be a scary proposition if it did — partly because of an unfortunate loophole in Massachusetts law: I could be separated from my children based on others’ preconceived notions about my capabilities.
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