21 Dec

Baby It’s Cold…Inside

Lately, I’ve had that holiday tune, Baby It’s Cold Outside, melodically playing in my mind (imagine the Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet rendition). The song makes me smile and, ironically,...

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10 Dec

A Scent Filled Season — Allergy Reminder for the End of Year

It’s that time again! With all the holiday festivities at the end of the year, we may be tempted to bring in those leftovers, or wear that new perfume, but...

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23 Nov

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — More than Gray Skies in Winter

As I was driving on the interstate this past week, I couldn’t help but notice that most of the trees had lost their leaves. The beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges...

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18 Nov

What Kind of Businesses Do People with Disabilities Start?

At almost every event or conference I attend, one of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “What kind of businesses do people with disabilities start?” My response to the question...

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29 Oct

Recognizing Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month

Not only is October National Disability Employment Awareness Month, but it is also Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. JAN is joining with others such as LD OnLine and the Learning Disabilities...

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16 Oct

Work After Breast Cancer

One of the most positive things about more people surviving breast cancer, and cancer diagnoses in general, is that life after a diagnosis goes on, including one’s work life. Many...

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14 Oct

Strategies for Developing a Transgender-Inclusive Workplace

Inclusion. Equality. Fairness. Respect. It’s reasonable to say that all of these words have significant meaning to everyone, particularly at work. All employees should be able to participate in, and...

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09 Oct

Mental Health Awareness – Creating a More Inclusive Workplace

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Originally celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, its objectives included raising awareness of mental health issues...

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29 Sep

Validation as a Key to Workplace Success for Employees with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

This past summer, I attended a session at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conference entitled “Borderline Personality Disorder: Demystified and Destigmatized” led by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti, a Professor...

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18 Aug

Healthcare Workers with Motor Impairments – Part 2

In this final segment of the 2-part Blog on accommodations for healthcare workers with motor impairments, JAN Lead Consultant Elisabeth Simpson, MS., CRC, in collaboration with the founder of the...

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07 Jul

The Importance of Soft Skills for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities – Three Important Tips

Over the years, JAN consultants have fielded questions from aspiring entrepreneurs with many different types of disabilities and every conceivable variation of business idea. Frog farm – we’ve heard of...

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01 Jul

Healthcare Workers with Motor Impairments

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013), the health care and social assistance sector will account for almost a third of the projected job growth between 2012 and 2022....

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05 Jun

The Power of the Doodle

Are you a doodler? If you are, then you know how much your concentration and focus are improved while you doodle. If you aren’t a doodler, you just might not...

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05 Jun

“But you don’t look sick…”

  It’s late spring and with that comes many things: warmer weather, rain showers, flowers (and with them the pollen), Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and a personal favorite of mine,...

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22 Apr

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Disability Awareness Training

April is Autism Awareness Month, and in honor of that, we wanted to touch on how to accommodate employees with ASD by incorporating disability awareness training into the process. In...

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17 Apr

Requesting Accommodations Due to Pregnancy-related Limitations

Congratulations, you’re having a baby! You’re overwhelmed with thoughts about designing a nursery, buying baby clothes, diapers (lots of diapers), and meeting your baby for the first time. Pregnancy can...

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27 Mar

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The theme for the 2015 to 2017 campaign is: Not Alone. The Not Alone campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about...

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23 Feb

Finding Your Heart-Healthy Buddy

Between Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, February is a time of year when connecting with others and taking care of ourselves is pushed to the forefront. So what better...

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28 Jan

Take a Deep Breath

For individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it can be difficult to take a deep breath at times. This difficulty may be triggered by temperature changes, humidity levels, contaminants,...

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15 Jan

Campaign for Disability Employment “Who I Am” PSA Airing Nationally

The new “Who I Am” public service announcement from the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Campaign for Disability Employment is now airing on television stations around the country. The PSA...

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08 Jan

Elevating Lift Office Chairs

For years, JAN consultants searched for an office chair that can elevate while a person is seated in the chair and that also has a braking system to prevent the...

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