Archive for June, 2011

Your Company’s AODA Implementation – Welcoming people with disabilities and service animals into your business

Worrying about implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities act?

Over the next year I will offer information useful for employers, HR professionals, office managers, and all employees.


Welcoming people with disabilities and service animals into your business


Summer slowing your memory ?

Here are some tips posted for students with disabilities but are handy for anyone:

Research tells us that if we review information within 24 hours of learning it, we are much more likely to remember it in the long run.

  • Sort information  Help your retrieval system by putting new information into categories. You can group by dates, people, formulas, etc. It may help to make a chart as you study.
  • Frequent review  Studying new information the same day you heard or read it will improve memory significantly. A small review each day is essential if you have memory problems.
  • Use humor or exaggeration  Information stays in memory longer if it is related to something novel and interesting. Make up something funny or exaggerated that ties in to what needs to be memorized.
  • Explore the senses  Try learning the information visually, verbally, and kinesthetically (with movement) and find which sense works best for you. Some people need to combine two or more senses.
  • Color code  By using colored pens, highlighters, post-it notes and flags, index cards, etc. you can make an impression on your memory. This is a way of sorting information for storage as you assign colors.
  • Make visual aids  Draw pictures or cartoon characters, graphs, tables, charts, time lines, etc. to aid memory. Even simple stick figures and drawings are useful if you are a visual learner. Pay attention to pictures, charts, etc. in textbooks.
  • Rehearse aloud  Verbal rehearsal is an effective memory tool. Study with someone or use a tape recorder to say aloud what needs to be memorized.
  • Make it physical  Adding a physical activity such as pacing, jumping, throwing a ball, or writing enhances the memory for many people. Typing or rewriting notes is a very effective memory device for people who need to learn kinesthetically.
  • Turn memory practice into a game  Make cards to match words and definitions, math facts to answers, etc. and play a memory game by turning over two cards at a time. Time yourself to see how long it takes to match all the cards. The act of making the game also helps memory.

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King’s Speech

“After decades of characters who stutter being portrayed negatively in movies, it is thrilling for people who stutter to revisit the story of King George VI” states a site about the movie. It is inspirational for all of us, including people with disabilities, to be reminded that persistence and practice can improve many challenges.  In the oscar winning movie, Winston Churchill explains too that he once had a speech impediment but ” turned it into an asset”.  If you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to. If you’re not into movies, the many stories about King George VI provide hope and strength.

For information about King George IV and the Stuttering Foundation

For information about Winston Churchill\’s speech impediment

Upgrade Your Recruiting

There’s some good insight into company recruiting here about common errors including:

  • Using the same old methods
  • Not considering internal candidates and past applicants
  • Not taking advantage of technology

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The Advantages of Experience

With our society’s current reverence for all things new and technical, individuals in the workplace sometimes lose sight of the benefits often gained by seasoned veterans in their jobs.

A recent article in the Globe and Mail highlights some of the advantages including the benefit of composure during critical moments – you can’t learn it from books, you have to have gone through the intensity, confusion and hysteria of events.

One investment firm manager says “I’ve been through the end of the world a number of times”. Other mature workers explain that experience has given them the ability to pull back and get away from the day-to-day “noise” of the workplace in order to keep perspective.

“Globe and Mail”, Report on Business, May 27 2011, p B11