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This week is the start of AirVenture, the largest fly-in airshow in the world. Join me on the field for screenings of Right Footed, book signings, and more! http://ow.ly/QeQI302xktr
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If you've enjoyed Channel 4's trailer for the Paralympics as much as we have you may want a look behind the scenes. http://ow.ly/7E8c302mCcm
Channel 4 has released the much-anticipated follow up to its Superhumans spot for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio – and this time, it's not just athletes that feature. We spoke to 4Creative and director Dougal Wilson about how it was made. Paralympics C4 Trail Grabs 01.
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New Blog: What to do When You Find Yourself Questioning God’s Plan For You
Trusting God’s plan for you is easy: except when it isn’t! And when it isn’t easy, it’s downright unbearable. Not only do you feel lost, afraid, and maybe even a little guilty, you lose your feeling of close connection with the Lord and begin questioning everything. Although it’s certainly not a fun situation to be …
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"Employers who give these employment practices a go say they would do so again." http://ow.ly/ntuS301nC7D
A large possible workforce remains largely untapped. As an employer, here's what you need to know.
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It's been my experience that many companies are already doing this by filling middle management positions this way.

In all seriousness though, the current system of HR hiring can barely do its job of finding and matching qualified candidates with job openings. I have serious doubts they can create and customize the kind of positions that will allow these individuals to excel.
Pretty much all of the items in the article that are recommended to help employers accommodate employees with disabilities are things they should already be doing for every employee. Eg job training.
The sad fact is that most companies are incapable of correctly creating and implementing such programs in general. I'm highly skeptical that many could create specialized versions for special employees.
Sad but true. And it's a shame because I fully agree with the article that more companies should do this.
I've been part of many sides of this issue. From helping integrate employees with a variety of physical or intellectual handicaps, to being their coworker to having friends with a variety of handicaps.
I've seen how everyone benefits from these programs. When properly integrated into the company, these folks not only gain a huge sense of pride and self sufficiency, but they become valued team members that inspire their coworkers and peers.
One issue that I think the article didn't stress like they should was training the other employees too.
They need to know how to best handle the situation as well.
Management needs a full assessment of each special hire's strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities and what things the need help with and what things they do not need help with and educate coworkers ahead of time on this. Nothing frustrates someone more than people assuming they aren't capable of doing something they are capable of. This goes doubly so for persons with handicaps.
For example. A friend of mine has fairly severe cerebral palsy which affects not only her motor skills but her speech. She's confined to an electric wheelchair and uses an assistive computer and controller to drive the chair and communicate. When ever our group of friends go out we can't help but cringe when well meaning people treat her like she's mentally a child, not knowing she's usually the smartest person in any room she enters and has a handful of degrees to her name.
Yet we've long given up on scolding people for doing this because she will get mad at us. She tells us to be nice and appreciate the effort not the action. That those people can't possibly know what her handicaps are if no one has told them.
On the other hand, she won't tolerate any of that stuff from her friends and we know we'll catch it if we forget.
It's these interactions that make me question the ability of most employers to handle this situation very well.
But in the end I guess any effort beats none at all. 
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Congrats to Noah on exceeding the expectations of skeptics! http://ow.ly/A8mE300Jkhk
After being in a coma after a motorcycle crash, Filer is the first double amputee to become a paramedic
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New Blog: Coaching Kids Through Their “Awkward” Stage - Although we all love our children no matter what they look like, we all remember periods of our life where we felt stuck in between childhood and adulthood and didn’t like it. Typically, what people call the “awkward stage” takes place at around ages 11-14, making middle school a tough time for most kids. Although we all went through this period ourselves at one point, it can still be challenging to relate to a child who’s going throug...
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New Blog: Stay on the Sunny Side: Tips for Being a Happier, More Positive Person
There aren’t many people in the world that like being around negative people, but for some reason you meet negative people every single day. It’s understandable: this world is a tough place to live on and if you don’t have a strategy for staying positive, you can find yourself turning into a gloomy person in …
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I felt so exposed and vulnerable that I hid behind a rack of clothing, just to escape all that unwanted attention. http://ow.ly/cC0I301nJe1
Read Jessica Cox' blog to learn how she overcomes the problem of staring and even uses it as an opportunity to engage others in a positive way.
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"It's a paradoxes of showbiz: [people] love an able-bodied actor who plays a disabled character, but [they're] not so keen on actors with genuine disabilities." http://ow.ly/9SD5300Jm1A
We love an able-bodied actor pretending to be disabled, but a disabled actor? Not so much. Sofya Gollan and Bridie McKim want to change that.
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New Blog: You’re Never Alone: Tips for Single Parents - There are few things harder than raising a kid on your own, unless you’re raising more than one. Although it can be easy to feel alone in your struggle to balance work, parenting, and all the other responsibilities involved in living life, you are absolutely not alone! As sad as it is to think about, so many other people have gone through the same thing you’re going through that there’s plenty of guidance available from those who have ...
There are few things harder than raising a kid on your own, unless you’re raising more than one. Although it can be easy to feel alone in your struggle to balance work, parenting, and all the other responsibilities involved in living life, you are absolutely not alone! As sad as it is to think about, …
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