13 Nov

Screen Reader Troubleshooting

You’ve asked your employer for a screen reader and engaged in the interactive process. Now, your screen reading program is here and ready to use! Be aware, the software does...

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07 Nov

Accommodating Distracting Work Spaces

Maybe your desk is in the middle of a new open-floor office space your employer decided to lease. Maybe your colleagues are a bit too talkative throughout the day, or...

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29 Oct

A Practical Approach to Emergency Evacuation for Wheelchair Users

Serving on the motor team for 8 years, one issue that comes up time after time is emergency evacuation plans for an employee who uses a wheelchair. Whether it’s part...

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26 Sep

Memory Difficulties in the Workplace

We have all had moments of forgetfulness. Maybe you mixed up your Tuesdays and showed up to a medical appointment one week early; when you were a student, perhaps it...

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11 Sep

Ask JAN! Issue Two

The JAN staff respond to a broad range of inquiries related to disability employment issues, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and accommodation topics. In March, JAN published an Ask...

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05 Sep

Choosing Among Options for Computer Users with Low Vision

Here at JAN, many of our assistive technology (AT) related vision calls continue to revolve around computer access. One of our most commonly requested resources is external computer screen magnification....

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14 Aug

Reflections on the West Virginia University (WVU) Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) Inaugural Summit

Every sixty-six seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in this country. This was the jarring statistic a speaker shared with attendees at West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Inaugural...

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25 Jul

What’s that Smell? Balancing Fragrance-Related Accommodation Needs with the Need to Use Essential Oils

An employee with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) experiences respiratory distress and headaches when exposed to certain fragrances. A coworker with generalized anxiety disorder uses essential oils to manage stress. How...

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15 Jul

Disability in the Workplace - Old School, New School

My career spans more than 30 years in the field of disability and employment. As expected, many changes have occurred as we march toward that more inclusive workplace. Noticeably over...

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06 May

Palm Trees and AT: JAN Goes to CSUN

Last month, three lucky members of the JAN staff had the opportunity to attend the 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in beautiful Anaheim, California. We packed our bags and headed...

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01 Apr

Ask JAN!

In the age of virtual assistants, like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, we’ve become accustomed to the convenience of asking an artificial intelligence-powered device any question we can think of,...

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25 Feb

Consumer Beware! How to Avoid Work-at-Home Scams and Other Business Schemes

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 3-9, 2019. Sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the week aims to draw attention to information, resources, and organizations available to consumers...

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13 Feb

Vitamin Deficiency – A Hidden Workplace Concern

We are taught at an early age that nutrition is important. I remember being in elementary school and learning about the food pyramid and how different diets can affect our...

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16 Jan

What are the JAN Consultants and Employment Specialists Reading?

Melanie Whetzel, Lead Consultant – Cognitive/Neurological Team Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace: A Handbook for Organizations and Clinicians By: Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D. and Alan M. Langlieb, M.D. M.B.A...

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