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    Power of Positive People - Bill Schultz

    April 15th, 2014

    I met Bill Schultz about three years ago. He was referred to us due to his differing ability. Bill grew up in Schenectady, New York and presently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Bill was born with bilateral deformities which ultimately led to the amputation of one of his legs. We had the opportunity to interview Bill in one of our videos. At that time, he asked my opinion about writing an autobiography and beginning to speak. I urged Bill to move forward and write his autobiography. Last week, I received and read Bill's autobiography Short-Handed.  It's a wonderful testament to growing up, making friends and overcoming obstacles with physical challenges. All of us with differing abilities understand and empathize with these challenges, but Bill exemplifies the Power of Positive!  Bill has such a great spirit, strong faith and courage to share personal stories. Bill also shares his love of sport. It shines as an example for me of how important sport is for everyone. For many able-bodied individuals, the path toward success begins with athletic endeavors in school, which leads to hard work in the classroom and success in the boardroom. Those of us with physical disabilities have harder challenges. But, as adaptive sport[READ MORE...]

    Power of Positive People in Ability

    April 2nd, 2014

    Last week, I was invited to Direct Employers #DEAM14 national conference in Washington DC. I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the end of their three-day conference. Most of the conference was dedicated towards Section 503 - how federal contractors need to include recruiting people with disabilities and create an open employment environment for those to disclose their different-ability in 2014 and beyond. As I was preparing for my talk I had the opportunity to sit in two plenary sessions. I find myself watching other people. I am amazed at how having a positive attitude - or maybe more appropriately - exhibiting a positive outlook such as a smile, handshake or being open to the ideas of others can increase your business opportunities. I noticed that those people who were engaged in the topic, smiling and discussing options with each other, were the ones that exchanged more business cards and created more connectivity for themselves. This concept is especially important for people with disabilities seeking employment. In mentoring, I discuss with people with disabilities as well as corporations the importance of positive outlook. An individual without a chip on his shoulder, but with a smile on her face will have[READ MORE...]

    Press Release - American Foundation for the Blind

    March 31st, 2014

    AFB American Foundation for the Blind TM Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss Alert to AccessNote Users: iOS 7.1 is experiencing an issue that affects all VoiceOver users who are using a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard. Apple is aware of the issue, and is presumably working on a bug fix. The problem stems from using the control key. After pressing the control key, it acts as if the control key is “sticking,” and all subsequent keyboard actions act as if the control key is being held down. This has a significantly detrimental effect on all iOS apps, but particularly impacts AccessNote users. If you are experiencing bizarre behavior when taking notes in AccessNote using iOS 7.1, then it is likely caused by this bug. Unfortunately there is nothing that we can do about this as developers, and we will have to wait for a bug fix from Apple. So for now, try to avoid using the control key by itself, and if you do experience strange behavior it can typically be fixed by pressing VO + left or right to change the focus, then back to what you were doing. This bug only affects QWERTY keyboards, and we have experienced no[READ MORE...]

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