Webfinder: People with Disabilities

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Disability.gov is no longer available. Many of these resources, covering benefits, civil rights, community life, education, and employment, are now linked at the U.S. Department of Labor. See also Federal ADA and Disability Resources, and Disability Assistance (select ‘Disability Assistance’ from the ‘Filter by Subcategory’ menu). The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Home Page includes an introduction to the ADA, plus design standards, business requirements, links to other Federal Agencies with ADA responsibilities, and more (U.S. Department of Justice). The N.J. Division of Disability Services primarily serves people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury, but also has a toll free hotline (1-888-285-3036) providing information and referral assistance for people with any type of disability.

UCP Disability Resources – A collection of useful resources on arrange of topics (education, employment, assistive technology, health care, housing, etc.); select a specific topic under ‘Explore Resources‘ on the menu (United Cerebral Palsy). …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Adult & Continuing Education

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CAUTION! Before signing up or paying for any education program, please verify that the school or program is properly accredited. A complete list of recognized accrediting agencies may be found on the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION website.

LOCAL RESOURCES:

South Plainfield School District: Adult Education – Information on local adult education programs including Adult High School, Adult School Brochure, and Trip List.

Middlesex County College Continuing Education – Information about non-credit certificate programs and courses to support career and professional development, career training center, and more. To find out more about courses, programs, payments, and transfers, see Middlesex County College Information for Adult Students. In addition, Middlesex County College is now offering free training in Allied Health careers [NEW!]. Successful applicants to the Apprenticeship program will receive tuition-free training, while securing employment with a healthcare provider partner employer, as you progress through the program. Click here for more information on MCC’s Apprenticeship programs.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Distance Education Accrediting Commission – The accrediting agency for distance education (formerly Distance Education and Training Council). Includes a searchable directory of accredited distance education high schools and postsecondary institutions offering a variety of programs from non-degree through bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degree levels. A complete list of recognized accrediting agencies may be found on the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION website.

GCF Learn Free – Free tutorials, articles, and other learning materials aimed at helping you improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed for success in both work and life. Covers a wide range of subjects from operating ATMs and reading subway maps to using office software and running a home-based business. (Non-profit organization: Goodwill Community Foundation)

Online College-level Courses – See Sites for Seniors: Education (South Plainfield Public Library).

Links updated January 2021.

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2020 has been a hard year for almost all of us. As it comes to an end, some of us may be questioning whether we want to set any New Year’s Resolutions for 2021, or whether we’ll change the type of resolutions we make. Here are a couple of articles to help you consider what you want to do:

If you do make New Year’s Resolutions, the links below might help you with some of them:

Be a better parent

Help your community: …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder : Learning Disabilities

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Accessible Educational Materials – Do you have someone in your family who needs extra help using textbooks, online learning programs, or other educational materials or technologies? The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials can help answer your questions and find resources so that your family member gets what they need to do their best learning.

Additude Magazine – Information and support for families and adults living with ADHD and learning disabilities. Includes practical advice about raising children, expert Q&A, and resources to help students with attentional or learning differences succeed at school. (New Hope Media LLC; site includes advertisements)

Books for Special Needs Readers – Links to information & resources on books and reading for adults and children with special needs.

Disability Discrimination: Frequently Asked Questions – Explains federal laws Section 504 and Title II, and laws relating to accessibility & services and disability harassment in public schools, public colleges & …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Meditation & Stress Reduction

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Relaxation Techniques for Health: What You Need To Know – Reviews the scientific evidence for the effectiveness – or ineffectiveness – of relaxation techniques in managing a variety of health problems. NOTE: Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people, but those with serious physical or mental health problems should discuss relaxation techniques with their health care providers. (2016 – 2019, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)

6 Mindfulness Exercises That Each Take Less Than 1 Minute – Quick & easy mindfulness exercises for people who don’t want to do formal meditation (2013, Psychology Today; site includes advertisements). Quick Stress Relief has advice to help you recognize when you’re stressed and learn techniques for quick stress relief when you need it. The same site offers lots of additional advice on COVID Coping [NEW!], Stress Relief, and Mental Health & Wellness (click on menu icon for a list of topics). (HelpGuide.org)

Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress – A brief overview of the benefits of meditation and different techniques for meditating. (2019, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

MEDITATION AUDIOS: Guided Meditation Audio [AUDIO] – If you’re having trouble getting started with meditation, this free audio from the Portland Insight Meditation Community will guide you …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Auto Repair

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AAA Car Care Tips – A collection of free printable car care brochures, with links to related resources. (American Automobile Association)

Battery Maintenance – Explains how to perform routine maintenance on your car battery, with clear illustrations. See also Troubleshooting a Car That Won’t Start and other car repair how-tos (from the publishers of the For Dummies books; site includes advertisements). Got a dead battery? Car Talk provides a printable illustrated guide to Jump-Starting Your Car (site includes advertisements).

Car Care Tips  – Advice on keeping your vehicle in top condition, along with DIY tips, and more. (Car Care Council / Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association)

Car Repair & Maintenance For Dummies – A library of free, well-illustrated how-to articles …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Job Resources for Veterans

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Career OneStop: Veteran and Military Transition Center – ‘A  one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.’ Includes resources for military spouses. There is also a related site, My Next Move for Veterans (U.S. Department of Labor).

Leaving the Military – Transitioning resources and advice on Employment & Education, Separation & Retirement, and Guard & Reserves options (Military OneSource).

New Jersey Jobs: Veterans Services (NJ Career Connections) – “Veterans receive first priority referral to all job and training opportunities in which they qualify. Staff specialists at local One-Stop Career Centers help veterans find suitable jobs and opportunities. At One-Stop Career Centers veterans can also enroll in free job search workshops, find help developing a …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Needlework

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Stitch Guide (Annie’s Crafts) – Online lessons in knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, beading, and more, plus A-Z stitch guides.

Craft Yarn Council Learning Center – Lessons in the basics of crochet and knitting.

Knitty.com – Free knitting patterns and instructions for sweaters, hats, scarves, accessories, and more. The TECHknitter blog offers lots of helpful knitting tips & tricks.

Lionbrand.com – Online classes, free patterns, video library, FAQ’s for crochet & knitting, and more!

Allcrafts.net – Links to free patterns for sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting, holiday crafts and more. …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder : Home Energy Conservation – Heating

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Burn Wise – Information to help you choose EPA-certified wood-burning appliances (wood stove, pellet stove, hydronic heaters, fireplaces, and related products), and use them efficiently and safely (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

Consumer Guide to Home Heating – Advice on deciding whether to replace your existing system, finding a good contractor, selecting …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder : Charitable Giving

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Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (Give.org) – Evaluates the management practices of hundreds of national charities. Also offers Advice for Donors [UPDATED LINK!], including basic advice, and advice on specific topics such as Disaster Relief, Police & Firefighter Appeals, Car & Used Goods Donations, Charity Sweepstakes, Child Sponsorship and more. (Council of Better Business Bureau, Inc.)

Charity Navigator – Rates the financial health of thousands of charities. If you register (free) you can also receive an occasional e-newsletter, suggest groups you would like to see evaluated, and keep track of charities that interest you. The site also offers special reports on topics of current interest to donors, as well as Tips for Donors, advice on Evaluating Charities Not Currently Rated by Charity Navigator [NEW!], and a report on charities’ CEO Compensation, most recently done in 2016. (Non-profit organization; site includes advertisements)

Charity Scams – “If you’re thinking about giving to a charity, do your research to avoid fraudsters who try to take advantage of your generosity. Here are tips to help make sure that your charitable contributions actually go to the cause you support.” See …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!