09 Oct

A Research Window – Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

The number of peer-reviewed academic articles that are actually read by anyone other than reviewers, editors, and a small group of peers is often cited as being dismally low. This...

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20 Aug

Give Em’ a Break: Supporting Employees with Lactation-related Needs

Employers are called upon to provide workplace supports for employees for many reasons -- some personal, some medical. Modifications are made or flexibility is often allowed as a benefit of...

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06 Aug

Apps for Diabetes Management – Workplace Accommodation Strategies

Glucose monitoring is an important component of diabetes management, but what should employers do when the way an employee manages their condition is in conflict with a policy? Here is...

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22 May

A Farmer in Our Midst – An Interview with JAN’s Own Dr. Beth Loy

As the Lead Consultant on JAN’s self-employment team, I’m often fielding questions from individuals with disabilities interested in starting a business in agriculture. These types of businesses include a diverse...

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12 May

Accommodating Truck Drivers with Motor Impairments

The trucking industry can bring a unique set of challenges when it comes to accommodating employees with motor-related impairments. The limitations caused by these impairments can vary, but frequently reported...

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21 Mar

An Interview with Sandy Maynard- ADD/ADHD Coach and Owner of Catalytic Coaching

This past November, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Annual International Conference on ADHD, otherwise known as the CHADD Conference. A colleague and I headed down to Atlanta,...

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01 Mar

Guest Blog: Innovative Approaches — An Interview with the Owners of Picasso Einstein

JAN is fortunate to be able to use the JAN Blog as a vehicle for interviewing an organization, employer, individual, or business about how their work contributes to the employability...

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01 Mar

It’s Tax Time! Resources for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

“This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher.” (His answer when asked about completing his income tax form).   ― Albert Einstein Tax time...

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01 Mar

Magnifiers, Screen Readers, and Braille – Oh My!

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 253 million people are living with vision impairments with 36 million individuals who are blind...

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16 Feb

Fighting the Flu at Work

The flu epidemic is sweeping the U.S. this winter season. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza-like illness is reported as widespread across all ten regions of the...

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18 Jan

Hearing Aid Tips When Using Telephone Headsets

As the Lead Consultant on the JAN Sensory Team, I receive many questions about hearing aids and telephone headsets. One common issue with these type of questions is that there...

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06 Dec

Breaking the Mold with Workplace Accommodations

The consultants on JAN’s sensory team frequently field questions regarding allergies and respiratory impairments. One common trigger for allergic reactions and respiratory distress is exposure to mold. Many employers are...

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06 Dec

Observations from the 2017 Harkin Summit

On November 2nd and 3rd, hundreds of people from around the world gathered at the Second Harkin Summit on Global Disability Employment to listen, network, and discuss the continuing employment...

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06 Dec

October is ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD Awareness Month is celebrated annually to help improve the lives of those living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The theme for 2017, Knowing Better: ADHD Across the Life...

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18 Nov

Who Let the Dogs…In?

The song is in your head now, isn’t it? You know the one. Now you have this vision of a pile of big and little, furry dogs, ears flopping up...

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10 Oct

Workplace Supports for Employees with Breast Cancer

It’s October again. For many people, October is a time for pumpkin spice everything, watching football, feeling the warmth of a cozy sweatshirt, and enjoying the colors of fall as...

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10 Oct

All Disabilities Matter in an Inclusive Workplace

I have recently started working in the disability field assisting individuals with diverse limitations who are trying to acquire workplace accommodations. In the few short months I’ve been working in...

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06 Oct

Maximum Leave Policies and the ADA

Leave-related accommodation issues are among the most complex and challenging under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA leave can be administered in various ways, and in conjunction with employer...

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30 May

An Interview with Barbara Bissonnette of Forward Motion Coaching

JAN is fortunate to be able to use the JAN Blog as a vehicle for interviewing an organization, employer, individual, or business about how their work contributes to the employability...

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25 May

Shining a Light on Sun Safety

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! As thunderstorms hit and temperatures rise, I’m reminded that summer is quickly approaching. Time sure does fly by — it feels like we were...

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24 May

Accommodation Ideas for Individuals on Dialysis

We recently received an inquiry regarding accommodation options for individuals who are receiving dialysis and are taking time off work to seek the treatment. Employers who are evaluating these types...

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19 May

Service Animal Access vs. Wheelchair Access – Why the Difference?

We’ve been getting more and more questions about service animals in the workplace, both from employers and people with disabilities who use service animals. One of the questions we frequently...

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11 Nov

Guest Blog – Website Addresses Addiction and Mental Health Impairments

Occasionally at JAN, we are contacted by a new organization or individual who wants to share with us their information and the work they do through a guest Blog. We...

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11 Nov

Disclosure Basics

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 26th anniversary this past July. This legislation is purposed to improve the lives of people with disabilities by protecting their rights to...

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19 Aug

What’s in a Routine?

With summer coming to a close and schools starting to resume, I become reminiscent of the time when my son was younger. I hear parents talking about being anxious for school to start so their kids will be back on a schedule and out of their hair.

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15 Jul

Common Questions about Providing Equipment as an Accommodation

As the Lead Consultant for the Motor Team, I am asked questions daily about the provision of equipment as an accommodation. Employers, individuals, and even rehabilitation professionals often ask if...

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29 Jun

Hobby Groups, Workplace Wellness, and Stress Reduction

Every Thursday afternoon, I grab my yarn and knitting needles and join some of my colleagues at JAN for our “Yarn Club.” A mix of knitters and crocheters gather together...

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17 Jun

Resources for Those Affected by Trauma Related Disability and LGBTQ Workplace Supports

Support from JAN In light of the tragedy that occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this week, I’d like to discuss how experiencing a traumatic event can lead to...

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31 May

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — Only In the Winter? Not Always the Case

This past November, JAN posted a Blog discussing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is often characterized as “winter blues;” it is a type of depression that is associated with the...

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13 May

Avoiding “The Waiting Place” After Requesting Medical Information

In his beloved book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Dr. Seuss writes about “The Waiting Place” — an imaginary (or perhaps not) place in life where everyone is waiting for...

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12 May

New Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act Announced at DMEC Employer Compliance Conference

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) recently held its annual FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Being an ADA/FMLA geek, I always enjoy this event and believe it ranks...

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06 May

Accommodating Cooks with Low Vision

Cooking and eating together are powerful ways of building relationships and creating a sense of community at work. Whether you are seeking to include an employee in cooking activities, or...

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15 Apr

Tips for Starting a Food Related Small Business

Many JAN customers contact us with an interest in starting a food related business. Below is a sample of the type of food businesses we have been contacted about: Food...

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15 Apr

Fonts for Readers with Dyslexia

While some of you may be familiar with the two dyslexia fonts highlighted below, many may not be aware of the specifics of how they can assist as reading improvement...

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01 Apr

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Let’s Light It up Blue!!

According to Autism Speaks, people all over the globe will wear blue and light up their communities for World Autism Awareness Day tomorrow, April 2, 2016. Autism Speaks is the...

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07 Mar

Spring Cleaning Your Workplace

After the long, dark, and cold winter, we yearn for spring. We look forward to warmth, flowers, birdsong, and spending time outdoors. We also look forward to the opportunity to...

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04 Mar

Whether You Are a Night Owl or Morning Bird, Make Sure You Are Catching Your Zzzs

This year, The National Sleep Foundation will celebrate Sleep Awareness Week starting March 6th. The hope is to spread awareness of the importance of sleep to our health, safety, and...

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02 Mar

JAN Goes to the ATIA Conference

At the beginning of February, a few JAN consultants had the privilege to travel to sunny Orlando, Florida to attend the annual Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference. All week,...

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12 Jan

Disability Inclusion as a Function of Managing

If you take a management class or two, you get a lot of theory. You might read about the Hawthorne Effect, which tells us that employees work harder when they...

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04 Jan

As the Old Saying Goes…

Remember the old saying, “He knows just enough to be dangerous”? I find this saying popping into my head over and over when I talk with employers about reassignment as...

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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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