When Discussing Diversity and Inclusion, Include People with Disabilities

This item originally appeared on the website of Minnesota Diversified Industries. Minnesota has come a long way when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We’ve learned that our differences are assets, and diversity of thought, experience and identity translates into meaningful work, success and growth, no matter the industry. Companies and their leaders have made commitments to diversity and inclusion, setting goals and … Continue reading When Discussing Diversity and Inclusion, Include People with Disabilities

Looking Closer: Raising Expectations of People with Disabilities Helps Us All Move Forward

This item originally appeared on the Campaign for Disability Employment’s blog. It is not unusual for waiters and waitresses to look only briefly at my son Jacob before turning to ask me what he would like to eat. With a shrug, I almost always say the same thing: Ask him. Jacob, 26, has apparent physical and cognitive disabilities. His arms sometimes hang awkwardly, and his … Continue reading Looking Closer: Raising Expectations of People with Disabilities Helps Us All Move Forward

Creating Career Pathways at Mount Allison University

Life had thrown him another curve ball! He had always bounced back, had worked through them and make it out the other side. This time it was different. The circumstances seemed to be beyond his control. He was tired and ready to give up. By the time he came to my office, he was not going to write his last exam that would qualify him … Continue reading Creating Career Pathways at Mount Allison University

‘Hearing But Deaf All the Same’

This essay originally appeared in The Washington Post. On the deafness scale of mild, moderate, severe or profound, I am profoundly deaf. With the help of cochlear implants, I am able to “hear” and speak. The devices are complicated to explain, but basically, external sound processors, worn behind the ears, send a digital signal to the implants, which convert the signal to electric impulses that … Continue reading ‘Hearing But Deaf All the Same’

Secret Sauce

This post originally appeared on the Johnson Scholarship Foundation website and was featured during JSF’s joint presentation with Pearson Inc. at the 2018 AHEAD Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The picture above features Eric Fisher, a Johnson Scholar who came to our dinner and spoke to the Grant Program Committee. His appearance and remarks resonated with a lesson that we have learned. The greater value of our … Continue reading Secret Sauce