MyPath101: Innovative Early Intervention Tool that Promotes Student Self-Awareness

The MyPath101 web app helps students figure out who they are and where they want to go—then shows them how to get there.MyPath101 assists students in defining who they are which allows them to set clear goals for their education and their future. This valuable resource facilitates a more focused, successful, and enjoyable college experience.

College can be a difficult transition for many students who arrive underprepared and unsure of their career aspirations. As a result, they struggle both academically and emotionally. Only one-third actually finish in four years–many don’t finish at all–and when and if they do they are faced with crushing debt and limited job options.

That’s where MyPath101 comes in. We help students discover their passion, finish college, forge their paths, and realize their full potential.

Developed by experts in identity development, personal branding, social media strategy, online identity, and career marketing, MyPath101 is a web-based membership site that provides students with interactive exercises, online advice, tips, and techniques for mastering everything from applying to schools and choosing classes, to getting involved in campus activities, to securing internships and job searching.

Think of MyPath101 as a virtual counselor, tech guru, and career advisor all rolled into one–and available 24/7–a legitimate college fit and readiness tool! Set students on the path to success in college and career success with MyPath101.

MyPath101 can work with schools in two ways: Schools can purchase MyPath101 for their students at a discounted price, or we can market directly to students through existing marketing channels allowing parents to order this fantastic product for their child on their own. Parents and students are always able to purchase a subscription for themselves or a loved one at any time. MyPath101 makes the perfect gift for any high school or college student.

For more information visit MyPath101.com or email Gina@MyPath101.com.

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Gina Carson
School Partnership Coordinator, MyPath101.com
Putting students on the path to success, in college and beyond!

The MyPath101 web app helps students figure out who they are and where they want to go—then shows them how to get there.

Use Dragon for an Easier Way to Complete Essays

It’s been a few years since Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking went mainstream. Previously only used for people with dyslexia, other LD and those with motor skill issues, it’s now a staple in offices,  courtrooms, high school and colleges across the country.

If you can verbalize your ideas but have any trouble getting them onto paper, this is your answer. And the fastest way to take advantage of technology without breaking your bank is to get the previous version when a new version is released.

 

TBI / mTBI can affect memory and executive functioning

Traumatic Brain Injury is no joke. TBI and mTBI (mild TBI) can occur from just about any head trauma. Repeated traumas to the head only increase the chance of negative consequences. Some people can sustain multiple head traumas without noticeable issues, while others may have issues with their memory or executive functions, after just one head trauma. People can have immediate problems, while others will not notice problems until later in life.

“Executive function” refers to a group of essential mental tasks, including planning, strategizing, organizing, setting goals, and paying attention to the important details, that will help to achieve those goals.

The Dangers of ‘Football Brain’

Call Your Senators and Tell Them to Support Global Disability Rights By Supporting CRPD Tomorrow!

circle with words Inclusion, Dignity, Equality around edge and Ratify CRPD Yes! in middle

TELL YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT DISABILITY RIGHTS EVERYWHERE!!

 Support the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)

 ATTEND THE SENATE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JULY 12TH

AND CONTACT KEY SENATORS!

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international treaty that outlines the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. It embodies the American ideals that form the basis of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by empowering persons with disabilities to be independent and productive citizens.  The US signed the CRPD on July 30, 2009.

Three years later, the Convention has yet to be ratified by the United States! 153 countries have signed it and 115 others have already ratified it!

On May 17, 2012, the Obama Administration submitted its treaty package to the Senate, which has since been supported by a bipartisan group of Senators.

Thanks to the disability community’s hard work, a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has FINALLY been scheduled for Thursday, July 12 in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 

But we still need your help convincing the Foreign Relations Committee to VOTE YES and send the treaty to the Senate floor for a vote!

We need you to fill the room at the hearing to show our support for the CRPD!

We have received word that the Home School Legal Defense Association, which opposes the CRPD, has activated national calls in opposition to the Convention based on inaccurate statements about the treaty.  They will NOT stop us with stall tactics nor erroneous interpretations of the treaty language.  Let our voices be heard over the opposition … make a call to your Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee and tell them that the disability community needs their support!

Attend the hearing currently scheduled for THURSDAY, JULY 12TH AT 9:00 AM IN SENATE DIRKSEN OFFICE BUILDING ROOM G50 (note that the time is currently scheduled for 9 am but may change. To see the latest schedule click here)

MESSAGE: “Senator, I am a constituent from your state and I support the CRPD.  I look to you to attend the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on July 12th and to support ratification.  The CRPD is in the United States’ interests, protects our citizens and veterans abroad, and honors the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

CONTACT:

Chairman: Senator John Kerry (D-MA) (202) 224-4651

Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) (202) 224-6797

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-6441

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (202) 224-3553

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) (202) 224-4524

Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) (202) 224-6324

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-5042

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) (202) 224-3344

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) (202) 224-6121

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-2152

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) (202) 224-4721

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) (202) 224-3643

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) (202) 224-5444

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) (202) 224-4744

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (202) 224-3041

Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) (202) 224-2752

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (202) 224-2841

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-6621

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) (202) 224-4024

 

“Faces of Olmstead” Website Launched on Olmstead Anniversary

This week marks the thirteenth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., where the Supreme Court recognized that the civil rights of people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are violated when they are unnecessarily segregated from the rest of society.  The promise of Olmstead is that people with disabilities will have the opportunity to live like people without disabilities – to have friends, work, be part of a family, and participate in community activities.  As the Department of Justice commemorates the anniversary of the Olmstead decision and reaffirms our commitment to its enforcement, we are pleased to present “Faces of Olmstead,” a website profiling stories of some of the thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by the Olmstead decision and the Department’s enforcement efforts.

To learn more about the Olmstead decision and the Civil Rights Division’s enforcement activities, please visit our Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone website.  For more information about the ADA, you may call our toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access the ADA Website at www.ada.gov.

3rd annual New Jersey Walks For Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders

FYI…

Registration NOW OPEN for 3rd annual New Jersey Walks For TS event on Saturday, November 3, in Mendham!

The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is proud to announce that registration for the 3rd annual New Jersey Walks for TS event at Borough Park in Mendham is now open.

The walk will take place rain or shine on Saturday, November 3, and registration is $22.50 through Oct. 31. Just like the inaugural event in 2010 and last year’s successful second walk, all proceeds and donations will benefit the education outreach programs and services of NJCTS.

NJCTS is a statewide non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support the needs of children and families with TS, to advocate for individuals with TS and to educate the public and professionals on TS. That “for kids, by kids, about kids” mission spurred the launch of this event in 2010 with the help of Mendham resident Emily Carrara, who this June graduated from Mendham High School but still will remain a big part of the Mendham Walk.

Carrara collaborated with NJCTS in 2010 to create the Mendham Walk in part because her cousin, T.J. Stanley, a recent graduate of Ridge High School, has Tourette Syndrome – an often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, inherited neurological disorder that is a lot more common than most people think. As many as 1 in 100 kids have TS.

Last year’s event attracted hundreds of walkers, and NJCTS is hopeful even more will attend this year’s event – which will be an officially timed 5K family run/walk for the first time. To register for this year’s event, please visit http://www.active.com/running/mendham-nj/3rd-annual-mendham-walk-2012. To donate to this year’s event, please visit http://www.active.com/donate/MendhamWalksForTS12. For more information about NJCTS or past Mendham Walks, please visit www.njcts.org or call 908-575-7350.

New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders 
50 Division Street, Suite 205
Somerville, NJ 08876

Phone: 908-575-7350

Fax: 908-575-8699

On the Web: njcts.org

Parents Blog: njcts.org/tsparents

Teens Blog: njcts.org/teens4ts

Please Sign the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

This is one petition that everyone in the U.S.A. should sign. This would be one giant step towards fixing our broken elementary and secondary systems. I urge you to sign!

National Resolution on High Stakes Testing Gains Momentum

Earlier this Spring, “Race to Nowhere” joined several national education organizations and well-known thought leaders, including former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, in supporting a National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. Please join us in supporting this powerful movement to shift educational policy away from an over-reliance on standardized testing by endorsing the resolution.

As always, we look forward to supporting you and your community as you work to revolutionize your local school culture.

Sincerely,

Vicki Abeles and the Team at “Race to Nowhere”

Two million people in the United States are living with amputations

Approximately two million people in the United States are living with amputations, according to the Amputee Coalition, a national advocacy group. Amputees are deciding to lose more of their limbs to benefit from a new prosthetics.

Read more A Once-Unthinkable Choice for Amputees