What’s So Great About Forgiveness?

From http://www.womansdivorce.com/forgiveness.html:

Forgiving someone is one of the best things you can do. It frees you up to spend your valuable time, energy, and other resources are producing fantastic new relationships, creating more happiness, and reaching your goals.

Picture a guy dragging his leg as he’s walking because his leg is attached to an iron ball and chain. This is what happens to us psychologically when we don’t forgive and when we drag along grudges with us. Have you ever held a grudge? Boy, I know I have. I used to be a world champion grudge holder. I might’ve even made the “Hall of Shame for Holding Grudges.” And it was the biggest burden to drag along with me on this journey of life.

So what happens when you cut the chains, free yourself of grudges, and practice forgiveness?

Well, instead of trudging along the highway of life with all these voluntary burdens that we’re carrying, we’re sprinting down the road of life with more love, laughter, and joy in our lives. Does this sound like a plan you’d like to sign up for? Well then, do it!

Forgiveness can happen in a split second. It’s a decision. Just give up the burden. Bam…it’s gone.

Forgive them…for yourself.

What Are Special Populations?

Special populations, as defined by Perkins IV are:

  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children
  • Individuals preparing for nontraditional training and employment
  • Single parents, including single pregnant women
  • Displaced homemakers
  • Individuals with other barriers to educational achievement, including individuals with limited English proficiency

Support for special populations is primarily delivered through community/campus resource availability as well as on-campus workshops. Currently, all  information is free and includes developed materials, specifically addressed to special populations. Events will be posted under “Announcements” on the CGTC website and sent out to all student/faculty/staff email accounts.

We also have a Lending Library that can assist with textbooks for students that qualify.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Keesa Eason
Director, Special Populations North Campus
keason@centralgatech.edu

Donna Dutcher
Director, Special Populations South Campus
ddutcher@centralgatech.edu

7 of the Best Apps for People with Disabilities

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THE APP THAT GIVES A VOICE TO PEOPLE WITH SPEECH DISORDER
Talkitt
WHO IT HELPS: People with motor, speech and language disorders – including but not limited to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cerebral Palsy, stroke, brain damage, autism and Parkinson’s disease.

 

THE APP THAT GIVES EYES TO THE BLIND
Be My Eyes
WHO IT HELPS: People who are blind or visually impaired.

 

THE APP WITH NO WORDS THAT SPEAKS TO AUTISTIC CHILDREN
Avaz
WHO IT HELPS: Children with autism spectrum disorders, Downs syndrome, Angelman’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other speech disabilities.

 

THE APP THAT PUTS CAPTIONS ON PHONE CALLS
RogerVoice
WHO IT HELPS: People who are deaf and hearing impaired.

 

THE APP THAT IMPROVES EYE CONTACT AND COMMUNICATION
LOOK AT ME
WHO IT HELPS
: Autistic children.

 

THE APP THAT AMPLIFIES SOUNDS
HearYouNow
WHO IT HELPS:
People with hearing difficulties who don’t use a hearing aid.

 

THE APP THAT SIMPLIFIES DAILY ROUTINES INTO PICTURES
Stepping Stones
WHO IT HELPS:
Children and adults who benefit from visual support, including those with developmental disabilities such as Autism, attention or auditory processing deficits, learning disabilities, or anxiety.

Information on Public Transportation

County

Phone number

Baldwin Baldwin Transit

ORMC Networks

478-445-2941

478-414-7433

Bibb Economic Opportunity Council 478-738-3240

478-750-8689

478-330-6272

Crawford Crawford County Transit 478-836-3782
Dooly Vienna City Transit

Assurance Cab

Express Taxi

Reliable Cab

912-268-7033

912-268-8131

912-271-9919

912-273-3330

Houston Warner Robins Transit

True Light Transportation

478-714-1164

478-923-6009

478-228-0586

Jones Jones County Transit 478-986-6432
Pulaski Pulaski County Transit 478-783-1013
Putnam Transit Department 706-485-6355
Twiggs Twiggs County Transit 478-945-6133

Fast Facts: Deaf Community

American Sign Language

It often comes as a surprise to people that many individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing refer to themselves as being members of the Deaf community and ascribe to Deaf culture. These individuals view themselves as a unique cultural and linguistic minority who use sign language as their primary language. The characteristics of Deaf culture are formed out of many shared life experiences rooted in a visual world designed for communication ease.

Click here to learn more!

Helpful Hints for Adult ADD/ADHD

man on cell phone

Being Impulsive can lead adults with ADD/ADHD to agree to too many projects at work or make too many social engagements. But a jam-packed schedule can leave you feeling overwhelmed, overtired, and affect the quality of your work and study time. Turning things down may improve your ability to accomplish tasks, keep social dates, and live a healthier lifestyle. Check your schedule first before committing to something new.

It’s time for finals… and that fact alone can be overwhelming! Keeping in mind a couple of simple reminders, can help us all get through the endless study hours that find us so easily at a semester’s end. Yes, it is possible to get focused and turn chaos into calm.

Prioritizing Friendship

friends

Friends are likely to come and go throughout the seasons of your life. Job changes, moving to a new city, and becoming a parent are among the many things that may shift the friendships in your life. The demands of life and a busy career can move friends to the bottom of the priority list at times.

It may be wise however, to re-evaluate the role friends play in your life. If spending quality time with friends isn’t high on your to-do list, it may make sense to schedule a get-together sooner rather than later. After all, friends impact not just the quality of your life, but perhaps even the length of it.

If you were going to advertise on Craigslist for a best friend, what would the ad look like?

Wanted: Best Friend

Prospective candidates will:
Make me feel good about being me.
Affirm my best qualities (especially when I am feeling insecure).
Call out the best in me, and hold me accountable to the best version of myself.
Listen without judging or trying to fix me.
Give me the benefit of the doubt.
Understand me when I am grumpy or having a bad day.
Remember my birthday, favorite foods, music, and art.
Know my story and love me regardless.
Spend time with me, just because they enjoy my company.
Speak well of me when I am not present.
Speak the truth to me when no one else will.
Never shame me, diminish me, or make me feel small.
Become excited about what I am excited about.
Celebrate my wins!

Best friends rock!