Brain Injury Support Group – July 23rd, 2015

Thursday, July 23rd, at 6:00 p.m.

Please join our Brain Injury Support Group. Our goal is to help survivors of brain injury, family, and friends. We will be discussing a wide variety of topics including living with brain injury, difficulties that people face, and other related news.

This month a special guest speaker, Barbara Stahura, Certified Journal Facilitator, will be speaking to the group.

Barbara cared for her husband after his traumatic brain injury in 2003. As a result, she created a journaling program to help others. Barbara is the co-author of the only journaling book for people with brain injury: After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story. She will have several copies available at the meeting for the special price of $20. It’s also available online at Amazon.

Barbara will talk about the power of journaling to help survivors and caregivers feel better, and she will lead us in some simple journaling exercises.

We look forward to seeing everyone. Come help us welcome Barbara from Southern Indiana.

Hope to see you there!

Meeting Location!

Integrated Therapy (back of building)
Conference Room
521 E 86th Avenue
Suite J
Merrillville, IN 46410

RSVP to Cindy or Jenny Johnson at 219.308.4579 by Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Bender Virtual Career Fair – April 14th, 2015

Are you a person with a disability…looking for a career opportunity or internship?

This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. Unique opportunity for College Students & College Grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation including ANSYS, Epic, Medtronic, National Security Agency, Nestle Purina, Verizon, and More!

Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.

Connect with employers looking to hire people with disabilities

Access opportunities within a wide range of careers!

  • Chat with employers across the nation
  • Public and private sector opportunities

Interview with ease!

Participate from the comfort of your home, your dorm room or your favorite coffee shop!

  • Discuss careers and internships with multiple employers
  • End-to-end accessible technology platform

Career fairs with less hassel!

Save time and money.

  • No business suit or travel required
  • No printed out resumes necessary

Register at Career Eco.

Virtual Career Fair Date: April 14, 2015

For information: email or 770.980.0088

Building YOUR Future – How to Build YOUR Financial Capabilities

WorkOne is excited to be hosting the  2nd Annual – Building Your Future event for People with Disabilities.

This event is being presented through the Disability Employment Initiative and WorkOne Northwest Indiana.  The conference is designed to bring information to individuals with disabilities about increasing their financial capabilities and the opportunities available to them through a variety of resources.

The workshops are focused on the age group between 18 – 64.

Event Information:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Avalon Manor
3550 East US Route 30
Merrillville, Indiana

Event Agenda:

8:00 – 8:55 a.m. – Registration Check-in
8:30  – 11:45 a.m. – Exhibit Hall (open for all attendees. * See note)
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Work Incentives and Opportunities for People with Disabilities
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – How to Deal with Non-Disability Barriers and Potential Solutions
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Financial Building Programs for People with Disabilities
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker – Randy Lewis, former Walgreens Vice President

* Note: Local agencies and organizations will be present with information regarding services and assistance to people with disabilities in Northwest Indiana.

Registration Information:

All registration are due by April 17, 2015  by the close of the business day.
Questions: Call Martina Tovar at 219-462-2940, extension 40 or mail

The WorkOne registration form will need to be completed for all participants at the event. 

You may register online (click on read more) or by completing the registration form and selecting one of methods below:

  1. Online (click on read more).
  2. Mailing: Center of Workforce Innovations – Building Your Future, 2804 Boilermaker Court, Ste. E, Valparasio, IN 46383
  3. Fax: ATTN: DRC 219-465-6860
  4. Email: Martina Tovar at

Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend after registering, please let WorkOne know.

Keynote Speaker:

No Greatness Without Goodness

A story of how one father changed a company and launched a movement.

Randy Lewis is a retired Vice President at Walgreens, was a Peace Corps. volunteer, Arthur Murray dance instructor, Fortune 50 senior executive, and accidental advocate.

He is a founder of the Nogwog Fund and executive chairman of the Global Disability Hiring Alliance whose mission is to help employers launch and complete successful disability hiring programs.

Web For All Accessibility Research Conference

Web For All has generous travel grants for students (especially for those with disabilities) so that they could get immersed into the latest accessibility research and mingle with internationally renowned researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry.

For those interested in publishing their research, apart from the prestige of having a paper accepted in our selective peer-reviewed conference, we have great prizes!

We welcome you to submit your best work on improving accessibility of the Web, Mobiles, and Wearables for people with and without disabilities to the International Web for All Conference (W4A’15), conveniently co-located with WWW’15 and MobiSys’15.

 W4A’15 will take place in Florence, Italy (May 18-20):
 – Intuit will award  $2,000 and $1,000 to the best technical and communication papers
 – The Paciello Group will award the winners of the Accessibility Challenge
 – ABILITY Magazine will highlight the winners of awards in a special editorial
 – IBM will provide travel grants to both grad and undergrad students with disabilities
 – Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the Doctoral Student Consortium 
 – Submission deadlines: Jan 23rd, Notifications: March 4th

As you know, devices are getting smaller, and more of them are now wearable: smart glasses, smart watches, and smart clothing are all working their way into our lives and onto our bodies. These devices are online, web-accessible, and increasingly interconnected. As with many technologies that have come before, wearable devices present incredible opportunities for improving accessibility for people with and without disabilities, but also present accessibility challenges in ensuring that people are able to equally benefit from them regardless of disability, context or situation. Acknowledging the importance of this topic, the theme of the 12th International Web for All Conference is “The Wearable Web”.

Don’t be deterred by the theme; we invite your best work on improving and understanding access for people across the accessibility continuum. Papers are expected to detail technical solutions and scientific insights into Web, Mobile, and Wearable technologies addressing diverse user needs. Areas of interest include but are not limited to the following: age, cognition, culture, education, emotions, dexterity, disability, diversity, health, hearing, income, infrastructure, language, learning, literacy, mobility, situation, society, and vision.

The keynote speech on the “Sense and sensibility: smartphones and wearable technologies to support seniors” will be delivered by Lorenzo Chiari who is a Professor and the Vice-Director of the Health Sciences and Technologies – Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research at the University of Bologna. On the close of the 1st day, join us for the evening of wine, food, and live music – with a Classical performance by Lia Martirosyan.

The “William Laughborough” after-dinner talk “Riches Beyond Measure: A New Frontier in Web Accessibility” will be given by Kevin Carey, the Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK.

Don’t come just for W4A’15 – stay for the entire week! W4A is conveniently co-located with WWW’15 and MobiSys’15 conferences. MobiSys’15 is the top research conference dealing with all aspects of mobile systems.

And WWW’15 is the best and the biggest Web research conference attended by famous Web researchers and practitioners, such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the Web). Among other events, we will hold a joint WWW/W4A panel session devoted to the “Wearable Web” theme.


AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers. Once again, AccessComputing has funding for students with disabilities to participate in summer internships. Students participate in both research internships as well as non-research internships.  As we all know, internship experience is important as students move on to the next steps of their careers.

Students with disabilities who are interested in summer internships are encouraged to fill out the form.  Through applying for an internship, students will have the opportunity become AccessComputing student team members.  Student team members engage in online mentoring and are eligible to request funding for internships, travel to conferences, and tutoring. 

Learn more about AccessComputing by checking the latest Opportunities! newsletter that helps students with disabilities learn about careers in computing, locate resources, and learn about opportunities for students with disabilities. 

For more information or help with the application, contact Brianna Blaser of the University of Washington.