Technology: Cerebral Palsy Career Builder for Middle School Students
By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert
are 20 crucial technology skills the middle school student with cerebral
palsy (CP) you’re mentoring needs to start learning now in preparation for tomorrow’s
first 19 of these skills are part of an evaluation form
developed for Global
Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) training by the
Career Development Association (NCDA).
added an additional skill geared toward online accessibility for individuals
a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 as “poor,” 3 as “average” and 5 as “outstanding, I
recommend employing the following list of technology skills as a tool
to evaluate your own standing as a career-coaching parent and then compare your results to
your youngster’s own self-appraisal.
Crucial technology skills
computer skills (turning it on, using a mouse or keypad).
and using programs (menus, online helps, installing or upgrading applications,
opening programs, saving and backing up, creating folders, clicks and double
clicks, sending e-mails).
a word processor or text editor to input text.
or opening PDF files.
a website (see wix.com).
the Internet and finding the information you want; opening multiple pages.
of career-related sites and how to use them.
of social networking sites and how to use them.
online information on criteria such as relevance, currency, validity.
verbally online using VolP.
using text-based chat.
or moderating discussion boards or blogs.
video and audio information.
where to find technical support.
of and following netiquette rules.
of how to encrypt messages or files for security.
or printing browser contents.
technological problems (onsite and from a distance).
of online accessibility standards (W3C standards).
You may believe your middle school student is much more technologically savvy than you are, but instructors at the high school and college levels report that today's students may know what to do but don't necessarily understand the basic technological principles about how today's gadgets work.
Understanding "why" may be just as important as knowing "how" as we move deeper into technology during this second decade of the 21st Century.
course, this list of technological skills is not cast in stone. Help your middle school student add to it and modify it as technology changes so he or she
will be up-to-date when it comes time to enter the job market. Make this list
of skills a living document.
Remember -- it’s not always important to be highly competent in each area. It may
be sufficient enough just to know where to get expertise to carry out the
particular function when it is needed.
in addition to updating this crucial technology list periodically, add links
behind each competency that you find which can provide that expertise.
from Crucial Technology to Career Test
to Cerebral Palsy Career Builders
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Originally written and illustrated by Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, owner of Hasse Communication
Counseling, LLC, who, as a person with cerebral palsy, served for 10 years as a
vice president in a Fortune 500 company during his 29-year career in corporate
communication. He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, certified as a Global
Career Development Facilitator and author of 14 Amazon books about disability awareness and disability