Captain of My Own Ship
by Rachel Diebner, Fellows Class of 2017
“What’s your conference for, again?” my friend texted me as I slipped a pair of sneakers into my suitcase. I had carefully skirted around the subject earlier, instead choosing to gush about the bright lights of Times Square and the Manhattan bookstore I always dreamed of visiting.
“It’s a symposium for students with disabilities,” I typed back.
A read receipt popped up. Maybe it was just my imagination, but there was a noticeable pause before she typed back. And I could guess exactly what she must have been thinking…
Jonathan Goldstein, Cornell Class of 2017
Lime Connect Fellows Class of 2015
One of the best decisions I made during my college career was joining the Lime Connect network, and later applying to become a Lime Connect Fellow. The Lime Connect Fellowship has offered me an incredible amount of opportunities that I would not have been able to receive anywhere else. The Fellowship application helped me to reflect on myself as a person, encouraged me to think about my future goals, but most importantly affirmed the positive feelings I had around being a member of the disability community…
Lime Connect Fellow and Speechify founder, Cliff Weitzman, gave a talk at Brown where he shared his experience as a student and entrepreneur, provided insight on how he developed 36 products while in college, and noted why it was important to never take no for an answer. Check out the fantastic talk and Q&A session below!
30% of the white collar workforce self-identify as having a disability.*
Until this point, very little research has been done to understand how many people with disabilities are in the workforce, what their specific challenges are, and how to better ensure their successful career paths.
Lime Connect is proud to be a lead sponsor of the Center for Talent Innovation (the leading diversity talent think tank) report, Disabilities and Inclusion, along with our partners Bloomberg, PwC, and Unilever.
This groundbreaking report explores the unique opportunities and challenges professionals with disabilities face in the professional workplace and highlights ways employers can signal inclusion to employees with disabilities and showcases best practices from companies. We are pleased to share the findings of this extensive report. View the full report here.
If you haven't noticed, the Lime Connect brand has gotten a refresh! Not only do we have a new look, we've been hard at work on some exciting new things!
Take a look at what we've been working on!
Individuals with disabilities bring a unique perspective and diverse talents to the world, universities and the workplace each and every day. Lime Connect, along with Lime Connect special advisor, Vint Cerf – Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and one of the "Fathers of the Internet," recognized this and launched the first ever #IntheLimelight Video Contest to shine a spotlight on these stories.
Through August 20th, we collected the stories of university students and professionals from across the United States and Canada who showed us how they are rebranding disability through achievement. We look forward to amplifying these stories and many more to highlight the strengths, talents and accomplishments that individuals who happen to have disabilities exhibit on a daily basis.
Meet the winners of this year's contest!
During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.
Written by: Jonathan M. Pitts
Kavita Krishnaswamy had labored through a decade of coursework in math and computer sciences to achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate student had invented robotic devices that are discussed around the world. She’d spent three years narrowing the focus of her doctoral dissertation.
But when the day arrived to defend her dissertation proposal before the panel of senior academics who would allow her to proceed, she never showed up.
She sent her robot.
Krishnaswamy lives with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disorder in which a breakdown of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord prevents the brain from sending the messages that direct muscular movement. She defended her proposal the way she participates in every class and lecture — through the Beam, a rolling, two-way-telecasting robot that she operates from 16 miles away.
ICYMI – here are some of the best articles and videos we've come across recently!
Written by: Robert Jones Jr.
NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center is located in Hancock County, Mississippi, on the banks of the Pearl River. It occupies nearly 14,000 acres and is surrounded by a 125,000-acre acoustical forested area called "the buffer zone," meant to provide a layer of protection between the general public and the rocket blasts that occur like clockwork, testing the engineering miracles that launch human beings into outer space.