People questioned whether Lime Network member, Amanda Parker, who uses a motorized scooter, would be able to handle the challenges of studying abroad in London. Boy did she prove them wrong! She shares her experience of a lifetime (including the time she had to carry her 160lb scooter down a flight of stairs by herself) ...
Lessons from a 4-year old with hearing loss
Anthony, a 4-year old boy, refused to wear his hearing aid after noticing that the super heroes in his comic books weren't wearing them. His mother reached out to Marvel comics with his story. Marvel immediately started designing a super hero who wears a hearing aid. His name is "The Blue Ear". Needless to say, Anthony and his pre-school buddies with hearing loss were inspired. View the full story.
This story can inspire folks with disabilities to
One of the great programs that Lime Connect offers is a Fellowship Program in the U.S. for rising juniors who happen to have disabilities. (By the way, the 2014 Fellowship Program application is launching this week.) We kick the program off with a 4-day Leadership & Development Symposium in New York City. Following the Symposium we ask our new Fellows to reflect, through writing, on their experience at Symposium and to share newly discovered perspectives on disabilty and success. I want to open this blog column in the New Year by sharing some of the inspiring thoughts and perspectives from the 2013 Fellowship class. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
All tasks are opportunities to prove your value.
In this month’s Lessons From The Road, we had the pleasure of catching up with Mike MacKay who is the Chief of Staff for Lime Connect partner Bloomberg's Chief Operating Officer. He is also a Lime Connect Board Member. In his 14 years at Bloomberg, Mike has held positions in the company’s Global Data group in New Jersey, Hong Kong and New York. Mike is involved in various non-profit activities through the company's “Best of Bloomberg” program and served as a mentor for Year Up. He also serves as a Career Adviser, mentoring Bloomberg employees.
We just finished our annual Lime Connect Fellowship Program Leadership & Professional Development Symposium. This is a 3 plus-day retreat in New York City that kicks off our Fellowship Program for accomplished rising juniors with disabilities. The Symposium is filled with professional development workshops, skill-building, self-exploration, and powerful dialogue about navigating disability confidently at school and work. As always, it was deep, invigorating, and inspiring. And our Fellowship class rocks, as always!
One interesting discussion was led by
Meet Shantha Rau Barriga, a Lime Connect Founding Board member, as she shares some advice on career, leadership and disability.
"Be a positive example for overcoming challenges & building success."
Shantha, thank you for your dedication to Lime Connect. Can you tell us a bit about your career journey? My pleasure. I am the Director of Disability Rights at Human Rights Watch. I graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the University of Michigan. I came into this field by...
In this humorous piece, Hena Haines, Harvard '13 and Lime Connect Fellow, shares the real deal about what life with dyslexia is like. Hena didn't realize she had dyslexia until she was a junior in high school. Here are the 8 things that should have clued her in...
During classes at college you received certain accommodations. Perhaps you received more time on tests or a quiet space to work or you used software to enlarge the screen or used a recorder for class lectures. Now you're starting a job and you know you'll need similar accommodations. My advice: Your employer may need some time to put things in place for you. So, get the ball rolling now before the summer internship officially begins.
If you know you'll need an accommodation, you might send a written note ahead of time with the request and
This is a question I discuss with lots of folks. Well, here is a great example. Meet Bryan Stromer, a New York City high school student with cerebral palsy. We first met Bryan when he was selected as a winner of our "Be a Champion Essay Contest" hosted in partnership with the New York Jets and the NYCDOE and sponsored by PepsiCo and Target. We were immediately impressed! Bryan didn't want to let his disability and the bullying he experienced around it to guide his life experience. Instead he chose to reframe the conversation and create a program to...
(Read about Max's contest below)
We recently held a very interesting and informative webinar with Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide called "The Dyslexic Advantage: Uncovering The Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain" based on their same-titled book. Their main message, based on years of research, is the importance of adopting a strengths-based perspective instead of a deficit perspective when thinking about one's disability. Over the years they found "the same patterns of difficulties in certain academic skills such as reading, spelling and certain areas of writing, but also consistent patterns of talent and abilities among dyslexics". They shared examples of individuals