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Employment Collaboration for 3/16 Event

Employment Collaboration for 3/16 Event

Pasco-Hernando State College Career and Testing Services will host an Increase Your Bottom Line by Hiring Individuals with Disabilities Lunch and Learn event for local employers on Thursday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, in R151.

Employers will participate in a panel discussion and learn the benefits of hiring an individual with a disability. Tax benefits, increased employee retention and company profitability are a few of the topics on the agenda. Panel participants include:  PHSC’s office of disabilities services; CareerSource Pasco Hernando; The Arc Nature Coast; Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind; Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc; and Connections, a job development program.

An “Open to All” job fair is scheduled to follow the lunch and learn event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., also in R151 where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from for-profit, government, and...

Google Adds Details On Accessibility

A small change to Google Maps could make a big difference for people with disabilities.

Alongside information about a business’s hours, telephone number and address, the search giant is now including details about whether or not the location has a wheelchair-accessible entrance.

“It’s a step toward providing more information about the accessibility of places around the world,” said Elizabeth Davidoff, communications manager for Google Maps.

The new feature launched late last year and is available globally, Davidoff said. Accessibility details are based on submissions from users.

“For the most part, our users submit feedback on whether a place has an accessible entrance, and once enough data is gathered, we’re able to note that a particular location has a wheelchair accessible entrance,” Davidoff said.

Business owners can also submit information about accessibility through Google My Business.

Adaptive Tech Solutions: New Products

My Pal Violet is a cuddly cute bear that learns your child's name, favorite color and more. Has three different play modes, including music, night time lullaby with auto shut-off, and play activity. Violet has been adapted so a child with a disability can use up to 3 switches (sold separately).

Price: $75.95

Click here to go to Adaptive Tech Solutions' website.

ABLE United Webinar January 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM

ABLE United provides a unique way to save up to $14,000 per year, tax-free, for qualified disability expenses, while maintaining eligibility for government benefits. If you've debated whether an ABLE account is right for you, your loved ones or the individuals you serve, you'll want to join us for our next webinar. 

Jen Pascarella and Scott Mattson, proud parents of ABLE United account holders, will share their motivation behind choosing ABLE United and the benefits of the account for their children with disabilities. The session will be moderated by the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST).

Click here to register for the webinar.

Computer Coding Bill filed in the Florida Legislature

A House Republican on Tuesday filed legislation that would allow high-school students to take computer-coding courses to satisfy two credits of foreign-language requirements. Rep. Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City, filed the legislation (HB 265), after Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a Senate counterpart (SB 104) last month. Porter chairs a House subcommittee that oversees post-secondary education. The proposal would take effect in the 2019-2020 school year. Similar legislation last year passed the Senate but wasn't taken up in the House. Supporters say the proposal would help students prepare for a world in which computer skills are increasingly important. But critics argue that it could undermine the value of traditional foreign-language courses.