Networking – What, Why, How, Who, When, Where

by Sharon Boerbon Hanson

What: Networking is a basic necessity. It simply means increasing the number of people you know. Connections are two-way: they help you, you help them, and you both keep in touch. It’s more than passing a card to someone and hoping they will help you. It’s about building relationships. It requires you do some giving. That giving may be as easy as saying “nice to meet you – here’s a link to an article you may enjoy” as a first follow-up interaction. (Note that “first” implies other follow up. Keep connecting even if it’s only once every few months.)

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Improving Lives with Assisted Technology Devices

by Kathy Kirchoff

Disabilities come in many shapes and sizes and so do the many devices available to assist you.  An assistive technology device (AT) is anything that helps you do things you normally couldn’t do. It could be something as simple as a device to help you hold a pen or more complex like speech recognition or text-to-speech software. With the help of assistive devices, people with disabilities can successfully attend and complete college, have rewarding careers, and contribute to their communities.

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Demographic Shifts Will Affect Minnesota Workers

by Lisa Thompson

It's been 20 to 30 years in the making. And it finally began this January when the first baby boomers turned 65 and became eligible for retirement benefits. As more and more retire, Minnesota and the rest of the nation will face dramatic workforce changes. A recent report on issues surrounding an aging population (1.5MB, .pdf) from the Minnesota State Demographic Center paints a grim picture of what lies ahead.

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