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!

Veditz

What is Veditz?

Veditz is the first mobile, on-demand and live interactive video chat tutoring, interpreting and practice platform for the Deaf and others learning one of the world’s major sign languages regardless of where they are or what device they’re using – PC, Mac, Chromebook, or Apple iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.  Veditz is currently in private beta. You’ll need a special Group Code (VeditzASL) to sign up at this time, if you have one sign up and create your profile.  (The profile setup is free for anyone who wants to use the service!)

This cool website http://Veditz.org that makes it super easy for people to find ASL study partners and then practice online for free. And it also offers paid tutoring and interpreting for dozens of subjects delivered in ASL. If you join students can practice together. You can sign up at http://Veditz.org by using the special group code VeditzASL.

***Any staff members who just want to use Veditz as a resource for those who uses sign language to communicate, DO NOT have to sign in the profile option.

Textbook Scholarships

ATTENTION STUDENTS:

Need help with your textbooks?  If so, apply for a Textbook Scholarship online at the CGTC Foundation website.  Please know that the Lending Library has been replaced with the Textbook Scholarship (this does not affect the Lending Library offered by Special Populations services).  Before you begin the application process, you MUST read the following information which is found on the Foundation webpage under Textbook Scholarships:

  • How to Apply for the Textbook Scholarship Online
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Help

Application deadline is 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016 but remember the Textbook Scholarship is on a “first come, first served” basis.

CLICK HERE for information on how to apply.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Myths and Facts

MYTH: Domestic violence is rare.

FACT: Domestic violence affects 1 out of 4 women at some point during her lifetime. Men can also be victims of domestic violence, but women make up about 97% of domestic violence survivors. Domestic violence happens equally in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

MYTH: Domestic violence is not a serious problem in the U.S. or in Georgia.

FACT: Battering is the single largest cause of injury to women in the United States – over mugging, automobile accidents and rape, combined. (NCADV 2003). In 2009, Georgia was rated the 10th highest in the nation for the rate at which men kill women. In 2010, Georgia mourned at least 130 domestic violence related deaths.

Common abusive tactics include:

  • Physical violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Economic abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Stalking

Are you concerned about abuse?

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, there are resources available to help you in Central Georgia.

MACON:

Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia
227 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Suite 204
Macon, GA 31201
Hotline: (478) 738-9800
Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia – Dove Center
774 Hazel Street
Macon, GA 31201
Phone Number: (478) 743-5445
Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia
Phone Number: (478) 738-9800
Bibb County DA Victim Assistance
Phone Number: (478) 621-6427

MILLEDGEVILLE:

Baldwin County Victim Witness Program
Phone Number: (478) 445-4445
Ocmulgee Victim Assistance
Phone Number: (478) 445-5261

WARNER ROBINS:

The Warner Robins Salvation Army Safe House
Hotline: (478) 923-6294
HODAC (Houston Drug and Action Council)
Phone Number: 1-800-338-6745
Houston DA Victim Assistance
Phone Number: (478) 542-2065

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE:

Family Advocacy Program
Phone Number: (478) 327-8398

 

If you want to talk to someone about the violence in your life or in the life of someone you know, please call Georgia’s 24-Hour Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.33.HAVEN (1.800.334.2836) V/TTY. As a friend or family member of someone experiencing domestic violence, it is important to be there for them and let them know that the abuse is not their fault.