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Things from Another World

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After incorporating in 1979, Mike Richardson opened the first Things From Another World store--just 400 square feet--in Bend, Oregon on January 1, 1980. We were brought into this world with a $2,500-limit credit card and a dream: to sell a wide range of comics and offer excellent customer service to our customers. We were also born with another name, Pegasus Books, but decided Things From Another World was more our style in the '90s (we were considering a symbol, a la Prince, but we were talked out of it).

 

Over the last 30 years we have grown and expanded, now offering stores in Milwaukie, Portland, and Beaverton, Oregon, as well as our Universal Studios Citywalk location in Los Angeles, California--and, of course, the website you're browsing right now. Today, we're the third-largest comic book retailer in the nation, but our purpose remains the same: to have an outstanding selection of comic books, graphic novels, toys, statues, and other pop culture-related goodness, and to take special care of our customers.

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New teachers learn from Aboriginal community in far west NSW

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Aboriginal community members and elders in far west New South Wales take beginning school teachers on an excursion to help them understand Indigenous culture and traditions.
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Networked Narratives: Digital Alchemy of Storytelling - DML Central

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More than enough books, TED Talks, and blog posts have described the potential of storytelling. Stories often enhance our endeavors, whether in business communication or in learning, in political rhetoric or in our overall understanding of the world. The emphasis on the special essence of the story suggests an existence of a certain kind of magic. Could a story work like an elixir?

For us, this notion of the magic in stories paved the way for our “digital alchemy” effort co-teaching Networked Narratives — a 2017 open course based on a digital storytelling class at Kean University that extended to participants across the country as well as Mexico, Australia, and Egypt. Spread across blogs, twitter, web annotation, “hacked videos,” bots, memes, gifs, and padlets, the experience aimed to not only push participants to create digital media, but to build capabilities in collaborative storytelling which aspire to transformation and social change for the better.

In this DML Central series of posts, we will share the emergent practices and results of our Networked Narratives experience. Our design is at once loose and improvised. Here we reveal via a screenplay how the weave of our design was spun.
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In this DML Central series of posts, we will share the emergent practices and results of our Networked Narratives experience. Our design is at once loose and improvised. Here we reveal via a screenplay how the weave of our design was spun.

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Fighting to fit in: Growing up with autism

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“We are not weak, we are not damaged, we are not sick, we don't need to be cured, we don't need to be fixed. It's the rest of the world that needs to catch up with us.”

For adults with autism, the early years navigating school and playground friendships can be the toughest. But a diagnosis can provide answers and a light at the end of the tunnel.

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This is the challenge we've had working with educators and psychologists wanting to pathologise the autistic child.


Intervention should be as much about understanding and reassuring the neurotypical as it is about trying to shoe horn autistic kids into neurotypical boxes.

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Habits of a Systems Thinker (PDF) | Watersfoundation

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This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy

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It's startling to think about how we've got a spaceship billions of miles away rendezvousing with Pluto, yet here on Earth there are major aspects of our own anatomy that we're almost completely ignorant about. We've climbed Everest, sent men to the moon, and invented the Internet — but we still don't know how our brains work. The positive outlook is that many health, science, and research specialists believe we're on the precipice of some major neuroscientific breakthroughs.

One example of a recent discovery with major implications is our further understanding of neuroplasticity. Simply put, we used to think our brain was what it was — unchangeable, unalterable. We were stuck with what nature gave us. In actuality, our brains are like plastic. We can alter neurochemistry to change beliefs, thoughts processes, emotions, etc. You are the architect of your brain. You also have the power to act against dangerous impulses such as addiction. The therapeutic possibilities here are endless.

Below, broken up into two parts, is a terrific infographic detailing the essence of what we know about neuroplasticity and how it works. It was created by the folks at Alta Mira, a San Francisco-area rehabilitation and recovery center. 
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Proposed NC Law Puts Professors in the K-12 Classroom -- Campus Technology

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Between 2010 and 2015, the enrollment of education majors in 15 University of North Carolina institutions with schools of education dropped from 15,000 to 10,454, a 30 percent reduction. According to the university system, a quarter of the state's public school teachers leave the job in their first five years. While teacher recruitment and retention appears to be a nationwide problem, North Carolina is tackling the situation by proposing legislation that would allow faculty from higher education to work as adjunct instructors within K-12 schools in core academic subjects without a teaching license.

Senate Bill 448, known as "Professors in the Classroom," would allow school districts to contract with a college instructor to serve as an adjunct instructor" as long as he or she can pass a criminal background check and comes prepared to teach younger students. That means undergoing preservice training from an educator "preparation program" on subjects that don't come up much in a college environment: student management, communicating for "defusing and de-escalating disruptive or dangerous behavior," "safe and appropriate use of seclusion and restraint," and identifying and working with children with disabilities.
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Government to abolish 457 working visas

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the Coalition Government will replace skilled 457 visas with a new category to give Australians top priority for jobs.

Turnbull made the announcement on Facebook, saying he said would “put jobs first” and “Australians first”.

The four-year visas for skilled migrants would be replaced with a new temporary visa with added requirements, including work experience and better English-language skills

“Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so we’re abolishing the [class] 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country,” he said.

“We will no longer let 457 visas be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians.”

He added that it’s important that organisations still get access to the skills they need to grow and invest.

“So the 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa specifically designed to recruit the best and the brightest in the national interest,” he said.

Turnbull said the new visa would “better target genuine skills shortages”. Moreover, it would feature new requirements such as previous work experience, better English language proficiency and labour market testing.

He also said the government would establish a new training fund for Australians to fill skills gaps.

“Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs, and Australian values.”

The number of 457 visa holders has dropped to about 45,000 in the past year, well below its peak of over 100,000 issued annually under the former Labor Government.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised last week that Labor would "crack down on dodgy" 457 visas if they were in government.

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Statements like this terrify me:  

“Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs, and Australian values.”

Reeks of what we're seeing in the US at the moment.

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Macs cost one-third as much as Windows PCs for companies to run, says IBM's IT guy

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Building collective leadership from the central office | CTQ #CTQCollab

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Collective leadership represents the recognition that we can operate in one of two ways: as a human-centered enterprise or as a sterile system. Systems can be very mechanical; they have interchangeable cogs. But education is a human-centered enterprise. We cultivate the minds, hearts, and emotional well-being of students and staff. Human-centered efforts focus on people, so the system operates more like an organism and less like a machine.

The analogy I would use is an amoeba under a microscope. Think about the amplified image of a needle poking the amoeba and the entire thing moves. It is so interdependent that touching one part has a ripple effect across the whole.

Collective leadership can be represented in that way. There is recognition that no one person has all the knowledge, talent, skills, and experience to meet the needs of everyone in the system. You need to have collective leadership to be highly effective. If you’re about cultivating success of all kids, then you have to recognize that it is impossible to do it alone.
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How tech-based peer mentoring is radically changing recruitment - eCampus News

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In our case, the participating college professor entertained the participating high school students with his own evolution from a disinterested high school student to successful college professor. Participants demanded at each session’s conclusion that College Mentoring 2.0  “should happen more often.”

High school teachers and college professors are encouraged to apply ubiquitous 21st century access and technologies to reinvent the dated methods of communication between high school and college students. College Mentoring 2.0 may not only be a futuristic college recruitment method, it may also be a new methodology for college students to impact the commitment, performance, and success of high school students.

Finally, College Mentoring 2.0 may assist those who are seeking more immediate advice on how to be successful in today’s schools and communities.
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Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Jail for Painting | artnet News

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Zehra Doğan's has been sentenced to prison for a painting depicting the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in a Kurdish region.

The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, a Kurdish region in Turkey.

 

According to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, the Mardin Second High Criminal Court in Turkey handed down the sentence because she drew Turkish flags on buildings destroyed by Turkish forces. However, according to Artforum, the court expressed that Doğan’s sharing of the image of her work, featuring current military operations, was the cause for her prison sentence.

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Zehra Doğan's has been sentenced to prison for a painting depicting the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in a Kurdish region.

The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, a Kurdish region in Turkey.

 

According to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, the Mardin Second High Criminal Court in Turkey handed down the sentence because she drew Turkish flags on buildings destroyed by Turkish forces. However, according to Artforum, the court expressed that Doğan’s sharing of the image of her work, featuring current military operations, was the cause for her prison sentence.

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Our Exciting Program | Festival of the Web

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Our Exciting Program


The Festival of the Web runs from Sunday 2 April, to Sunday 9 April.


This program shows the major conference and co-located events running over this 8-day period. In addition, we will be offering a wide variety of Keynote speakers, panel sessions and sundowners, and invited speakers on current and controversial topics.


Each day there will be an additional set of smaller events to interest you, opportunities to meet and mingle with local and international experts, and a range of high-quality social events.
To cap it all off, we are planning cultural activities in and around the city for delegates to enjoy after the daily program concludes.

 

Download an A4 version of this program overview [1 Mb].

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BIG2017 | Festival of the Web

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Bringing together academic and industry leaders in the big data space to share the state of the art and its successful application in business.
Many of today’s most successful enterprises – in business and in science – are built on the collection and analysis of data. The sheer volume and richness of these data sets has stimulated a massive wave of innovation. In addition, this revolution has also sparked important debate on data privacy policies, ethics and governance.
BIG2017 (The BigData Innovators Gathering) will focus on Deep Learning and Big Data Analytics. This event will be co-located with WWW conference for the fourth time. The gathering will consist of keynotes from visionaries in the field, a panel on hot topics, and talks on successes and best practices.
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Australia is still lagging on some aspects of early childhood education

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The OECD’s latest Starting Strong report provides an update on early childhood education opportunities across the developed world, and a fresh insight into how Australian children are faring.

The Starting Strong series, which began in 2001, provides valuable comparisons and analysis of early childhood education systems, and has been highly influential in the development of early years policy globally. Australian governments drew heavily on this resource in the development of our National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework.

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Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.

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These 2 student-focused technologies can bring higher ed into the future - eCampus News

These 2 student-focused technologies can bring higher ed into the future - eCampus News | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
From clusters of college closures and dramatic budgetary cuts to technological advances and data security breaches, changes in higher education have institutions contemplating strategies that will enable them to thrive in the future. But how do colleges and universities determine which strategies to focus on first, or most?

When navigating the industry’s tectonic shifts, institutions can find a North Star in their students. Increased diversity in student bodies—whether that means ethnicity, gender, beliefs, age, economic status or culture—the way they learn and the way they want to learn are the best indicators of the way forward.
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Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

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We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart from other animals? Various answers have been proposed — language, tools, cooperation, culture, tasting bad to predators — but none is unique to humans.

What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation. Other animals have springtime rituals for educating the young, but only we subject them to “commencement” speeches grandly informing them that today is the first day of the rest of their lives.
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New research suggests younger Australians aren’t more self-centred - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

New research suggests younger Australians aren’t more self-centred - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
In a paper published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the Curtin University-led research showed the self-esteem of Australian high school students, university students and the general public had not changed from 1978 to 2014.

Lead researcher Dr Takeshi Hamamura, from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, said the finding suggests the notion of younger generations becoming more self-centred may be incorrect in Australia.
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Inspiring School Leaders – Conference @Cambridge

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ABOUT ISL

Inspiring School Leaders is a remarkable initiative that brings school leaders around the world together for an innovative conference on latest global trends and practices on school management and educational leadership. With keynote speeches, lectures and concurrent workshop sessions, educational leadership will be discussed thoroughly from different aspects.

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AIMS & SESSIONS

The primary aims of Inspiring School Leaders Cambridge are to explore latest trends that will transform education by re-considering the role of school leaders in instructional excellence and to offer a host of new strategies to make a difference in your school community and expand your leadership capacity.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The conference is designed for educators, administrators and professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in school leadership. ISL will provide a platform where they can reflect on their own leadership and best practices of educational leadership with renowned academics, experts and educators.

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ABOUT ISL

Inspiring School Leaders is a remarkable initiative that brings school leaders around the world together for an innovative conference on latest global trends and practices on school management and educational leadership. With keynote speeches, lectures and concurrent workshop sessions, educational leadership will be discussed thoroughly from different aspects.

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AIMS & SESSIONS

The primary aims of Inspiring School Leaders Cambridge are to explore latest trends that will transform education by re-considering the role of school leaders in instructional excellence and to offer a host of new strategies to make a difference in your school community and expand your leadership capacity.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The conference is designed for educators, administrators and professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in school leadership. ISL will provide a platform where they can reflect on their own leadership and best practices of educational leadership with renowned academics, experts and educators.

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Google's AI Learns Betrayal and "Aggressive" Actions Pay Off

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As the development of artificial intelligence continues at breakneck speed, questions about whether we understand what we are getting ourselves into persist. One fear is that increasingly intelligent robots will take all our jobs. Another fear is that we will create a world where a superintelligence will one day decide that it has no need for humans. This fear is well-explored in popular culture, through books and films like the Terminator series. 

Another possibility is maybe the one that makes the most sense - since humans are the ones creating them, the machines and machine intelligences are likely to behave just like humans. For better or worse. DeepMind, Google’s cutting-edge AI company, has shown just that. 
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Fact Check now available in Google Search and News around the world

Fact Check now available in Google Search and News around the world | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it

After assessing feedback from both users and publishers, we’re making the Fact Check label in Google News available everywhere, and expanding it into Search globally in all languages. For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page. The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.


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An interesting attempt from Google to help stamp out fake news.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 12, 3:32 PM

Built in Fact Check for Google Search! 

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Innovation Reality Check

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I love this image created by David Carruthers during #IMMOOC because I truly subscribe to Global Teacher mindedness.

Using technology and social media to reach beyond our classroom walls is both a passion and an obsession of mine. It is also the very anchor of student Digital Leadership. But this week has really given me pause to think about not only the importance of global connectedness, but also the nature of Innovation.

I co-moderate a book club at my school and my students always want to not just read books but do something to promote a love of reading. We have been talking about sharing our love of children’s books and the students really wanted to reach out to the local daycare or local elementary school to read to the kids. Unfortunately, there seem to be lots of road blocks preventing this from happening.
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Straight Men Are Suddenly Holding Hands For A Beautiful Reason

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Scores of men are responding to an alleged attack on a gay couple in the Netherlands... by holding hands. 

Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and his husband, Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, were reportedly attacked early Sunday by a group of six to eight teenage boys, RTL Nieuws reports. The men said they were returning to their Arnhem home hand-in-hand from a party at the time of the attack. 

The incident sent shockwaves through the Netherlands’s LGBTQ community, and was reportedly condemned by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. But two of the country’s other lawmakers went a step further, showing solidarity for the couple by holding hands as they arrived at a government meeting Monday.  
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Scores of men are responding to an alleged attack on a gay couple in the Netherlands... by holding hands. 

Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and his husband, Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, were reportedly attacked early Sunday by a group of six to eight teenage boys, RTL Nieuws reports. The men said they were returning to their Arnhem home hand-in-hand from a party at the time of the attack. 

The incident sent shockwaves through the Netherlands’s LGBTQ community, and was reportedly condemned by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. But two of the country’s other lawmakers went a step further, showing solidarity for the couple by holding hands as they arrived at a government meeting Monday.  

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Professor John Fischetti - Keynote Speaker Webinar - Learning Difference Convention

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FREE Seminar 
 Prof John Fischetti 
 Newcastle University 
 
Every Child Deserves the Education that is Right for Them: The Challenge of Learning Differences and Equity 
 
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Prof John Fischetti

 

Newcastle University

 

Every Child Deserves the Education that is Right for Them: The Challenge of Learning Differences and Equity

 

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Innovate My School - How to introduce critical thinking skills into your classroom

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This approach to teaching critical thinking (CT) makes use of the ‘descriptive-not-prescriptive’ principle I introduced in this article for Innovate My School. In other words: teach by showing them (the students) what they already do rather than telling them what they should be doing but aren’t. Though I will talk about philosophy sessions, as that is my background, the principles and procedure that you will find outlined here apply to any teaching context where the teaching of CT skills will be of value, whether maths, English or P.E.


In my work I have long advocated a dispositional approach to critical thinking over a skills-based approach. The idea is that if we give the children the opportunity to think through issues together they will, without instruction, employ CT skills. By doing philosophy regularly, the aim is that the children learn to naturalise and internalize making use of those skills so that they are disposed to use them in situations where CT skills are called for. And it is anecdotally true to say that children, during philosophy sessions, make use of many CT skills such as recognising an infinite regress, identifying and challenging assumptions, drawing distinctions, providing counter-examples, spotting some formal and informal fallacies etc. There is an extent, however, to which I have taught CT skills making use of my knowledge of CT by modeling and highlighting how to approach CT. Here is an account from a colleague of mine, Miriam Cohen Christofidis, about how she does this

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W4A2017 | Festival of the Web

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The focus of W4A2017 will be ‘The Future of Accessible Work’
With expanding globalisation, work is becoming less of a local activity, with many now working on teams spread over great distances. Inclusive work environments have the potential to greatly improve the ability of people to obtain and maintain meaningful employment, despite disabilities or other impairments. Organisations and employers are also embracing the benefits of being more inclusive in their human resource management. More flexible working arrangements — such as telecommuting for remote employees, better access to remote work technologies, access to better data platforms, and employees using their own devices (BYOD) — are just a few of the possibilities that employers are exploring.
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