Young boy Justin in wheelchair, with mom and younger brother, lake
Accessibility (#A11y)

Thank you, mom

This is a Q&A with my mom, Kris Schulze, in honor of Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week. As some of you might know, one of my teachers was my mom who homeschooled me half days from 3rd to 6th grade. I know there are a lot of parents who are helping their kids learn… Continue reading Thank you, mom

Justin reaching out to air-fist bump with Senator Durenberger
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Barriers to Inclusion Part 3: Employment

In the 2018 fiscal year, 16 percent of Minnesotans with disabilities who received state services worked in the community alongside people without disabilities.  Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 3/16/19 How is this real? That number needs to be a hell of a lot higher than 16%. I am NOT one of the 16% by the way… although I… Continue reading Barriers to Inclusion Part 3: Employment

Justin looking at computer
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Writing with WordQ (NO POLITICS, really!)

As some of you may know, I’m writing a novel that is currently 130 pages long and going. I couldn’t have written this much independently without word prediction. I am using WordQ, a software that speeds up my writing process a ton.WordQ is a word prediction software I had tried when I was in later… Continue reading Writing with WordQ (NO POLITICS, really!)

Medtronic DBS programmer and charger device
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Another typical week

Just a reminder – my typical weeks are why we need to protect Medicaid and make sure we have access to good, affordable healthcare! Speech therapy on Tuesday. Communication device fell off my chair but fortunately seems to be working just fine. My speech therapist made some brilliant changes so that I can’t accidentally hit… Continue reading Another typical week

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I’m here and stuff

Welcome to my new blog site! I’ve moved my blog to JustinSmithWrites.com I’ve been learning how to set up everything in WordPress, which has been fun. It’s pretty easy to use. So, sign up to receive notifications for when I post a new blog from my new site. Let me know what you think! It… Continue reading I’m here and stuff

Justin smiling with audience seated at tables in background
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Video blog for my latest update

Check out my latest video about how I get ready for being a keynote speaker and having several breakout sessions at the upcoming Charting the C's Conference. At last count, there will be about 650 educators, therapists, and K-12 school professionals at the main conference.  My keynote presentation title is Reimagining the Possibilities: A Work in Progress. I'll… Continue reading Video blog for my latest update

Justin in wheelchair typing on communication device
Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy

Accessibility: What works for me

Hey there - I’m going to tell you about resources that help me do the things I love to do. Just a reminder, I need to use assistive technology to access my world. I use an adaptive keyboard, joystick mouse, a lot of online resources and augmentative communication device, to help me write, read, and… Continue reading Accessibility: What works for me