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Pathway to Employment: Craig

Craig Engel sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an automobile accident. This video shares his uplifting story of recovering and returning to work as a welder through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and on-the-job accommodations.

  • Topics: TBI, Vocational Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Pathway to Employment: Craig
May 2017 354 TBI, Vocational Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology

The Job Accommodation Network: JAN is here for YOU!

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy that helps employers and employees find workplace solutions for individuals with disabilities.

  • Topics: Accommodations, For Employers, Assistive Technology, Employment
  • Duration: 4 min
View - The Job Accommodation Network: JAN is here for YOU!
September 2016 1621 Accommodations, For Employers, Assistive Technology, Employment

How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair

Albert hitchhikes and travels the world in his wheelchair. He compares his wheelchair to having to wear "a pair of glasses" and he has been to over 75 countries.

  • Topics: Physical Accessibility, Travel, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
View - How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair
August 2016 5056 Physical Accessibility, Travel, Self-Determination

No Barriers - Technology for College-Level Reading

In this Transition Tech Talk Video, an assistive technology specialist from the Simon Technology Center answers a question about helping teens read the more complex text you might find in high school and college and offers assistive technology as a solution. Three strategies are offered to help get teens ready for the rigor of college-level reading.

  • Part of the Transition Tech Talk Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability
  • Duration: 3 min
View - No Barriers - Technology for College-Level Reading
May 2016 209 Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability Transition Tech Talk

College-Bound with Assistive Technology

In this Transition Tech Talk Video, an assistive technology specialist from the Simon Technology Center answers a question about helping teens be more independent with their work and offers assistive technology as a solution. Three strategies are offered to help get you started with helping your child be independent in high school and beyond.

  • Part of the Transition Tech Talk Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability
  • Duration: 4 min
View - College-Bound with Assistive Technology
May 2016 265 Assistive Technology, College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Learning Disability Transition Tech Talk

SSI & Work in MN

Working while receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can have many benefits including more monthly income, staying connected to SSI, and continued medical assistance, not to mention a better quality of life!

  • Topics: Benefit Programs and Supports, SSI
  • Duration: 5 min
View - SSI & Work in MN
April 2016 973 Benefit Programs and Supports, SSI

Dillan's Path

Every autistic person's path is unique. For Dillan, the dedication of his loved ones, years of hard work and his iPad made a big difference in how he connects with others.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Autism, Communication Challenges
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Dillan's Path
April 2016 1071657 Assistive Technology, Autism, Communication Challenges

From Disability Benefits to Benefits Counseling: Michele’s Ticket to Work Success Story

Michele, a young adult with Muscular Dystrophy, talks about how Ticket to Work helped her get an education and reach her career goals.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Employment, SSI, Work Incentives, Muscular Dystrophy
  • Duration: 5 min
View - From Disability Benefits to Benefits Counseling: Michele’s Ticket to Work Success Story
October 2015 1374 Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Employment, SSI, Work Incentives, Muscular Dystrophy

Passport to Possibilities

International experiences through study or volunteering abroad can have far-reaching benefits. Hear four people with disabilities share their experiences, and also learn how the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a project of MIUSA and U.S. Department of State, can help in preparations.

  • Topics: Accommodations, Deafness, High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Physical Accessibility, Travel
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Passport to Possibilities
July 2015 597 Accommodations, Deafness, High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Physical Accessibility, Travel

How to Make SSI Work for You: Simply Said

This youth- and family-friendly video focuses on how to find help available to youth and young adults with disabilities after they leave high school. Several federal government programs including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives, and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provide benefits or support to eligible youth as they work toward their postsecondary and employment goals. Youth and families can use the information they learn to plan ahead and apply for the benefits and supports they need after high school.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Community Supports, Independent Living, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives
  • Duration: 4 min
View - How to Make SSI Work for You: Simply Said
June 2015 497 Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Community Supports, Independent Living, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives Simply Said

Career Possibilities: Discover, Explore, Dream

“Career Possibilities: Discover, Explore, Dream!” is the first in a series of webinars created to help teens explore career options and learn about assistive technology that can help them succeed at school, work, and the community. This webinar introduces teens to several online career resources that can help them identify career interest areas. Students will also learn about resources specific to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career paths. The webinar includes video and audio interviews with several young adults working in STEM related fields.

  • Topics: Webinar, Special Education, Assistive Technology, Transition Planning, Accommodations, Career Development, STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math
  • Duration: 19 min
View - Career Possibilities: Discover, Explore, Dream
April 2015 160 Webinar, Special Education, Assistive Technology, Transition Planning, Accommodations, Career Development, STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Math

Rachel Magario on Assistive Technology

Rachel Magario shares how assistive technology has advanced her success.

View - Rachel Magario on Assistive Technology
March 2015 139 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Vision Disability Voices of Experience

Meet Joseph

Meet Joe, an 11th grade student who uses Read2Go and Learning Ally to access school and recreational books.

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November 2014 896 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Learning Disability, Self-Awareness Assistive Technology in Action

Larry Clay’s Success Story

This video highlights the successful transition to employment of Larry Clay, a young man with autism. With the support of his family, school, state vocational rehabilitation plan, and Social Security's Ticket to Work program, Larry has left his SSI cash benefits behind, is working full-time, and feels great about himself and his job.

  • Topics: Autism, Employment, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives
  • Duration: 8 min
View - Larry Clay’s Success Story
October 2014 5523 Autism, Employment, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives

Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 2, Building a Future

In February 2013, after two successful years on the job at a biomedical research firm, Megan Riggs was once again out of work when her department closed. Her disability persisted, but the positive byproducts of the Ticket program stayed with her. With support from the Ticket to Work program, Megan had a smooth transition back to receiving SSDI benefits and went on to start her own business providing specialty fitness classes to senior citizens.

  • Topics: Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives
  • Duration: 6 min
View - Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 2, Building a Future
July 2014 1587 Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives

Making a Smooth Transition from High School to Adult Living: Successful Collaboration

All students and their families benefit from collaboration — teamwork, group effort, and cooperation — between family, school, and others as they make the transition to adult life. Students with disabilities often require extra collaboration and support to achieve their employment, educational, and independent living goals, sometimes for their entire lives. This 2012 webinar for parents of youth with disabilities explores how to use the concept of collaboration to ensure their son or daughter’s transition to adulthood is as smooth as possible. Originally developed for Minnesota families, most content is relevant to families residing in other states as well. Presenters: Carolyn Anderson, PACER Center | Barb Ziemke, PACER Center | Sean Roy, PACER Center.

  • Topics: Webinar, Transition Planning, Collaboration, Adult Services, Connecting Youth, Vocational Rehabilitation, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Transportation, County Services, Independent Living, Employment, Health, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Postsecondary Education, Family Support
  • Duration: 57 min
View - Making a Smooth Transition from High School to Adult Living: Successful Collaboration
March 2014 476 Webinar, Transition Planning, Collaboration, Adult Services, Connecting Youth, Vocational Rehabilitation, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Transportation, County Services, Independent Living, Employment, Health, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Postsecondary Education, Family Support

Meet Brody

Meet Brody, a student who uses word prediction software to help him write and a smart pen to take notes and save thoughts.

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February 2014 1527 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Learning Disability, Special Education Assistive Technology in Action

Meet Jean

Meet Jean, a student who uses an iPad to do school work and access modified curriculum. She also uses hearing aid Boots which allow her to listen to audio directly from her iPad.

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February 2014 1016 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Disability Assistive Technology in Action

Meet Nick

Meet Nick, a young man with cerebral palsy who uses an adapted van to drive and runs his own lawn care business.

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December 2013 1831 Transportation, Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Self-Determination, High Expectations, Inspiration Assistive Technology in Action

Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work

This video provides an easy-to-understand overview of the Ticket to Work video program. If you’re receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and working, or thinking about working, this program may be a good resource for you. Watch Ben’s journey and learn more about how Social Security’s Ticket to Work can help SSI recipients achieve greater financial independence by providing access to free employment support services.

  • Topics: Work Incentives, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Employment
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work
November 2013 24744 Work Incentives, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Employment

Accessible Dorm Room

Colleges provide accessible dorm rooms for students with disabilties. Here is a quick tour!

  • Topics: Physical Accessibility, Postsecondary Education
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Accessible Dorm Room
June 2013 203 Physical Accessibility, Postsecondary Education

Meet Jared

Meet Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is able to control his entire computer and run his graphic arts business through a sip and puff switch.

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May 2013 4196 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Independent living Assistive Technology in Action

I Can Soar: Aaron

Aaron faced “intense technology needs” entering public school, but with the help of assistive technology devices like IntelliKeys, a power wheelchair, and even video game controllers he is able to achieve more independence. Now as an 8th grade student, Aaron writes and races with his teachers at school and plays video games with his siblings at home.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Special Education, Self-Determination, Connecting Youth
  • Duration: 7 min
View - I Can Soar: Aaron
January 2013 1322 Assistive Technology, Special Education, Self-Determination, Connecting Youth

I Can Soar: Sean

Sean is a popular and outgoing teenager who lost his sight at the age of 10 to retinal blastoma. With the help of assistive technology (AT), Sean is able to participate in regular classes all day long at school, socializes with all of his classmates, and learns and is assessed with the same curriculum standards as his nondisabled peers.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Vision Disability, Perseverance, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 6 min
View - I Can Soar: Sean
January 2013 2254 Assistive Technology, Vision Disability, Perseverance, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy

I Can Soar: Stacey

Learn how assistive technology helps Stacey bridge differences with peers to build relationships and actively participate in her 6th grade class.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Hearing Disability, Accommodations, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
View - I Can Soar: Stacey
January 2013 1423 Assistive Technology, Hearing Disability, Accommodations, Self-Determination

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of our new video explaining Accessible Instructional Materials in easy to understand language. This fully-captioned video is designed to increase awareness of AIM.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Special Education, Vision Disability, Learning Disability
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
October 2012 8406 Assistive Technology, Special Education, Vision Disability, Learning Disability Simply Said

Meet Sam

Meet Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman.

  • Part of the Assistive Technology in Action Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living, Inspiration
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Meet Sam
August 2012 14133 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living, Inspiration Assistive Technology in Action

Meet Elle

Meet Elle O’Gorman, a young woman with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is able to communicate with family, friends, and teachers.

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July 2012 13621 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Special Education, Connecting Youth, Independent Living Assistive Technology in Action

Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 1, Finding the Right Tools

This video tells the story of the successful return to work of Megan Riggs, a young woman with a mental health disability. When Megan was unable to work in 2008, she began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI allowed her to focus on getting the treatment she needed. When she was feeling better, wanted to go back to work, and received the help she needed from the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Wowrk program.

  • Topics: Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives
  • Duration: 6 min
View - Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs’ Story Part 1, Finding the Right Tools
October 2011 14509 Employment, Mental Health, SSI, Transition Planning, Work Incentives

Understanding Assistive Technology

The Minnesota STAR Program and PACER Center present the definition of Assistive Technology in easy-to-understand language. This video explains what Assistive Technology is where you can go the find out more.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Community Supports
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Understanding Assistive Technology
November 2010 32594 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Community Supports Simply Said

Understanding Assistive Technology Loan Libraries

The Minnesota STAR Program and PACER Center present an easy-to-understand video explaining what Assistive Technology Loan libraries are and where to find them. You'll be taken step by step through the process of borrowing an item and learn where you can find your closest library to you.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Community Supports
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Understanding Assistive Technology Loan Libraries
November 2010 4918 Assistive Technology, Community Supports Simply Said

Tools and Technologies in Agriculture

This video introduces Lesson 1 of a 3-part curriculum on assistive technology awareness/ education series for rural youth. A father and daughter duo introduce the concept of assistive technology as just another kind of tool and provide examples of assistive technology used in an agricultural setting. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Tools and Technologies in Agriculture
July 2010 378 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Principles of Assistive Technology

This video is Lesson 2 of a 3-part assistive technology awareness/education series for rural youth. A father and daughter duo identify basic categories of assistive technology and give examples of products in each category. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Principles of Assistive Technology
July 2010 195 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Disability Awareness

This video introduces Lesson 3 of a 3-part curriculum on assistive technology awareness/education series for rural youth. A father duaghter duo provide a definition of disabilty, kinds of disabilities, and identify societal attitudes about disabilities that may create barriers for people with disabilites. Ways that youth can help promote an inclusive community are also noted. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Disability Awareness
July 2010 207 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Scholar Profile: Alexandra

Alexandra, a college senior who has a visual impairment, discusses her work as a science major, her career goals, accommodations she uses, and her experiences with the DO-IT Scholars program.

  • Topics: Vision Disability, Accommodations, Assistive Technology
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Scholar Profile: Alexandra
October 2009 399 Vision Disability, Accommodations, Assistive Technology

Scholar Profile: Mack

Mack, a high school senior with cerebral palsy, talks about the importance of a positive outlook on life, how accommodations such as speech recognition software have helped him complete assignments for school, and his career plans.

  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Scholar Profile: Mack
October 2009 291 Accommodations, Assistive Technology

Scholar Profile: Nathan

Nathan, a college freshman with a disability, discusses his hobbies, career goals, academic studies, and technology that assists with math and reading.

  • Topics: Learning Disability, Assistive Technology, Accommodations
  • Duration: 2 min
View - Scholar Profile: Nathan
October 2009 378 Learning Disability, Assistive Technology, Accommodations