Portugal. The Man - Public Service Announcement Release


After nineteen weeks at #1 on the Alternative Billboard Charts for their hit single, Feel it Still, ‘Portugal. The Man’ has contributed to another hit single. Today, we release the Public Service Announcement (PSA) by Eric Howk of ‘Portugal. The Man.’ In his message, Eric discusses the job-services the non-profit NTI offers to Individuals with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans nationwide.  Our press release can be found here




Eric is not only an accomplished musician but has a special understanding of the difficulties Americans with Disabilities face.  Several years ago, Howk broke his T4 vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the sternum down. However, through his talent and perseverance, Howk was still able to showcase his music to the world. 




To extend his support of individuals with disabilities, Eric Howk graciously recorded the following Public Service Announcements for distribution:  

http://portugaltheman.nticentral.org

The site features a video message from Howk to educate individuals with disabilities of the job-services NTI provides as well as 8 audio PSA's developed for radio distribution. 




Title tracks "Live in the Moment" and "Noise Pollution" from ‘Portugal. The Man's’ latest album, Woodstock, highlight the PSA's as well as the band's legacy offerings. Eric also allowed us to use his independent release, "Say," within one of our messages. 




We encourage you to distribute the message Eric illustrates and we will be working hard to get his message across America. If you know of anyone on SSI or SSDI who could benefit from the job services NTI offers, please feel free to register at NTICentral






Mike Sanders is the Senior Director of Talent Management Services for NTI where he oversees the Training, Call Center, and Recruiting departments. In the past, Mike was the Manager of Training for Canon North America, worked for a few Financial Firms, and has built Interactive media, Websites and Learning Management Systems for several Fortune 500 firms and start-ups.

Happy Birthday Alan Hubbard!

Typically we focus our social media posts on the accomplishments of those external to NTI in the realm of advocacy, arts and sciences, and adaptive sports, but today we wanted to focus internally on our COO, Alan Hubbard who has shaped NTI, headquartered in Boston, into what it is today. 




NTI, as well as the industry, recognize Alan's outstanding leadership and innovative efforts in placing Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans back into the workplace and advocating on their behalf. 

Over the past eight years, Alan has brought advocacy and innovation to NTI in many forms. Some of the landmark items he conceptualized in collaboration with NTI Staff include NTI Online University, the LandAjob Division, an eMentor program, social media advocacy, organizational growth, the restructuring of the company infrastructure, and the growth of internal communications among the teams of individuals nationwide.  All of these efforts were designed to helping Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans back into the workforce. 

When Alan first started, he conducted an analysis of the organization.  Alan soon developed what is internally called ‘Secret Sauce.’   According to NTI's Director of Client Services, Michelle Simone, "Alan spearheaded the efforts to develop NTI's ‘Secret Sauce.’ The ‘Secret Sauce’ allows  NTI to review the candidate process, identify areas for improvement and redundancy to ensure our candidates' experiences are highly efficient and effective and give them the primary goal of obtaining employment."  Once the infrastructure was defined, Alan determined to help the disability population further. He felt that education and the guidance of candidates should be paramount. Therefore, he developed NTI Online University, LandAjob and the eMentor program.    



Alan felt through the development of NTI Online University, applicants could be taught the necessary skills, services, and technical knowledge to support our clients’ needs.  Classes would be both instructor-led and self-paced to take into account various learning strategies. In turn, candidates would have the skills necessary for the positions which lead to independence.  To complement NTI Online University, Alan felt there was a need the need to develop a program to guide applicants through the process. The eMentor program was conceived to provide guidance on a range of essential skills including resume writing, interviewing, communication or managing stumbling blocks through the NTI process.  

Additionally, since not all candidates can fit into the jobs NTI provides, Alan conceptualized LandAjob.org.  In the LandAjob concept, Alan partnered with a Human Resources Fortune 1000 consortium to provide a database of over one million positions for Individuals with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans apply to. LandAjob also provides those with disabilities the possibility of work support payments from Social Security to subsidize their income.  Since the program’s inception, the scope of LandAjob.org has increased exponentially. John Bertram, LandAjob Operations Manager states, "He has pushed us to expand on the types of services we offer our candidates to include online training, work support reimbursements, and job coaching."


   
Not only has Alan provided multiple tools for Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans to become employed once again, he has built the foundation for both NTI and LandAjob to be the vanguard as advocacy groups supporting the rights of others through social media, events and TV/Radio media.  Alan, advocates for the voices of those who would not normally be heard and supports the technology and innovation to enable individuals.  As an end result, NTI globally has over 15,000 active organic followers on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram advocating for the rights of others.  More recently, he has expanded to traditional events including the celebration of the United Nations International Day of Disability in tandem with the Prudential Center, to raise awareness for Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans.  

   
   
In all, Alan’s vision has led the growth of job orders up to 3,000 today.  He has also built the business relationships to support and grow the business. When we first started hiring for our client, Amazon, we started with 10 hires, which quickly multiplied within the first 3 months. According to one of our largest Fortune 500 Retail Clients, it was stated that "NTI has officially become the seventh recruiter ." To compliment this, NTI has strengthened the business relationship with our other clients leading to a complete quality and complete solution.  According to the Director of Client Services, Michelle Simone, “Alan has brought dynamic leadership to NTI with his dedication to the mission as well as his ability to build relationships that often lead to new business opportunities.  Those new business opportunities have allowed NTI to diversify our client base in the past eight years while providing more chances for American’s with disabilities to find work-at-home jobs."   

To support this, Alan developed the culture, communication, and collaboration within our nationwide organization.  In the words of John Bertram, LandAjob Operations Manager, "Alan has helped NTI embrace technology to do our jobs better and more efficiently. Under his guidance, we have improved our communication solution so we can increase the types of work-at-home positions we can offer to core employees."  NTI's Director of Information Technology, Peter O'Leary states, "Alan has helped to foster a work environment where everyone on the team wants to help Americans with Disabilities find a job.  To further NTI’s commitment to our vision our staff has nearly doubled in the last year allowing NTI to work with more and more disabled individuals.  Increasing the staff also allows the employees to spend more time with each individual to help better understand his or her needs." 

Alan has garnered the respect and gratitude of those for whom and with whom he serves; his clients, his peers, and Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans nationwide. In the end, we want to wish Alan a Happy Birthday and thank you for making a difference in the lives of others!  If you would like to be a part of his effort, feel free to connect with NTI using the information below. 

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For Candidates: If you are on SSI or SSDI and would like to get back into the workplace, feel free to register for our job-placement services at goo.gl/ac4yFs

For Businesses: If you would like to partner with a business to augment your Call Center, feel free to contact NTI at coo@nticentral.org. 

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PTSD Awareness Day


Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day. In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness.





What is PTSD?

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

Any experience that threatens your life or someone else’s can cause PTSD. These types of events are sometimes called trauma.

Types of traumatic events that can cause PTSD include:

  • Combat and other military experiences
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Learning about the violent or accidental death or injury of a loved one
  • Child sexual or physical abuse
  • Serious accidents, like a car wreck
  • Natural disasters, like a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake
  • Terrorist attacks

During this kind of event, you may not have any control over what’s happening, and you may feel very afraid. Anyone who has gone through something like this can develop PTSD.
There are some things that make it more likely you’ll develop PTSD — for example, having very intense or long-lasting trauma, getting hurt or having a strong reaction to the event (like shaking, throwing up, or feeling distant from your surroundings).

It’s also more common to develop PTSD after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault. But there’s no way to know for sure who will develop PTSD.


What are the symptoms?

There are 4 types of PTSD symptoms, but they may not be exactly the same for everyone. Each person experiences symptoms in their own way.

  1. Reliving the event
  2. Avoiding things that remind you of the event
  3. Having more negative thoughts and feelings than before
  4. Feeling on edge


Simple Screening

Only a mental health or medical professional can tell you if you have PTSD. If you went through a trauma and answer “yes” to at least three of the questions below, you should have a PTSD evaluation.
In your life, have you ever had any experience that was so frightening, horrible, or upsetting that, in the past month, you:

  1. Have had nightmares about the experience or thought about it when you did not want to?
  2. Tried hard not to think about the experience or avoided situations that reminded you of it?
  3. Were constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled?
  4. Felt numb or detached from others, activities, or your surroundings?

If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of these questions, talk to a mental health care provider to learn more about PTSD and PTSD treatment. Answering “yes” to 3 or more questions does not mean you have PTSD. Only a mental health care provider can tell you for sure.


Getting Back into the Workplace

Those with PTSD may need guidance back into the workplace.  This is where NTI can help.  At NTI we help individuals with disabilities back into the workplace. We have mentors on our staff to guide you through the process to get you back to work once again.  If you would like to give our non-profit a try and learn more about our services, register at NTI here: https://goo.gl/6rkvC4


Statistics:

Going through a traumatic event is not rare. At least half of Americans have had a traumatic event in their lives. Of people who have had trauma, about 1 in 10 men and 2 in 10 women will develop PTSD.


  • 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. This equates to approximately 223.4 million people.
  • Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD. As of today, that equates to approximately 44.7 million people who were or are struggling with PTSD.
  • An estimated 8% of Americans − 24.4 million people − have PTSD at any given time. That is equal to the total population of Texas.
  • An estimated one out of every nine women develops PTSD, making them about twice as likely as men.



Resources:

For more information and resources visit the National Center for PTSD website at:
www.ptsd.va.gov
http://www.ptsdinfo.org/
https://www.helpguide.org/
http://www.everydayhealth.com/ptsd/guide/resources/





About the Author: Katherine Buenteo Calucci, Texas native & mother of 2, with over 20 years in Higher Education, primarily in Advising and Career Counseling, bridged her past professional experience to become a Recruiter I for NTI, Inc. When she is not spending time with her children or involved in their school activities, she enjoys reading, writing and expressing herself through art.



June is PTSD Awareness Month


One mental health problem plaguing over 5 million persons of all ages in the United States, young and old is P.T.S.D. or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. An estimated 8% of Americans – that's 24.4 million people – have PTSD at any given time. An estimated 1 out of 10 women develop PTSD; women are about twice as likely as men. Among people who are victims of a severe traumatic experience 60 – 80% will develop PTSD. This disorder is developed after witnessing a life-threatening event. This could be witnessing a major crime in progress, suffering any type of abuse or soldiers after military combat. 

As a child, I encountered a situation whereby I developed PTSD. Even many years later, I can be reminded of the event, which causes me to experience a lot of anxiety.  There are different types of treatment available, psychotherapy and medication. I have taken advantage of counseling and I take medication for my P.T.S.D. This treatment really helps and being around positive people really helps as well. 



Find out more about PTSD on the National Center for PTSD website

Also, if you are SSI or SSDI and would like to find out how NTI helps those with PTSD back into the workplace, register for our job placement services.


About the Author



This article was written by NTI's eMentor, Billie Lynn Holt.  Billie has been a valuable asset in guiding candidates through NTI's process from the point of registration to hiring.  She was born into a military family in Germany, enjoys traveling and learning about the world. Billie has 4 children and 1 grandchild whom she adores  She loves music, people, art, sports, and working out. Staying positive is the best advice she can give.

World No Tobacco Day

Snap out of it! World No Tobacco Day illustrates the dangers of the tobacco industry’s attitudes to the health and economic welfare of those who smoke. World No Tobacco Day encourages health and improvement in communities worldwide by challenging the worldwide tobacco crisis.



I am a reformed smoker.  I have not smoked in over 10 years.  Smoking cigarettes results in an addiction to nicotine and is the main cause of Lung cancer, and many other diseases.  Second-hand smoke affects others that don’t even smoke cigarettes.  It causes a stale odor in your home, clothing, and your hair.  Unfortunately, when you are a smoker, you become somewhat insusceptible to the health issues associated with smoking, not to mention unsightly odor.  

I was a heavy smoker (i.e. “Mad Men” all day, every day), and it was hard to stop.  I actually stopped at least 3 to 4 times before I actually stopped for good.  I tried the gum, several natural ways like chewing on whole cloves, whole cinnamon sticks, and lastly a prescription drug.  Although my close friends would encourage me to stop, I was never ostracized because of my habit.  As a non-smoker now, I try to extend the same to others who still smoke. 

World No Tobacco Day is conducted by the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO).  They report risks of consuming tobacco and make individuals mindful of the industry practices of tobacco businesses. Tobacco is a billion dollar industry that contributes to six million deaths a year worldwide. Although, portrayed a something cool to do, it isn't, not to mention, it is expensive and highly addictive.  So be cool at something else!!! The message starts with you!

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About the Author
This article was written by NTI's Financial Administrator, Trudy Sirles.  Trudy has been a valuable asset in facilitating individuals through their individual work plans through the the Ticket to Work program.  In addition,  Trudy guides candidates through the background processes at NTI. 

Kidney Health Week

It's Kidney Health Week and the theme is obesity.  Kidneys filter waste products from the blood. They also have to do with regulating blood pressure, electrolyte balance and red blood cell production. Symptoms of kidney failure may not be noticeable. There are numerous causes of kidney failure and depending on the situation may be irreversible.  



More than 650,000 patients per year in the United States and an estimated 2 million patients worldwide are affected by end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ESRD is increasing in the United States by 5% per year. The need for donor kidneys in the United States is rising at 8% per year. Some of the warning signs of kidney disease are: high blood pressure, blood and/or protein in the urine, a BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) test outside the normal range, GFR (glomerular filtration rate) less than .60, frequent urination, puffiness around the eyes and swelling of the hands or feet. The treatment options for kidney failure are hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or kidney transplantation. Kidney transplants have a high success rate. The kidney could come from basically anyone who matches the recipient and is in need of the kidney.  





Other kidney diseases can be treated successfully without having to resort to dialysis or transplant.  The most at risk for kidney disease are those who are older, have diabetes, high blood pressure, have a family member already diagnosed with kidney disease, and a member of African-American, Hispanic American, Asian America, Pacific Islander or American Indian. 




One way to get involved with lifesaving programs that educate and support patients and their families is to participate in the Kidney Walk sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation.  More than .80 cents of every dollar goes to directly support programs and services for those in need of the National Kidney Foundation. 




Another way to get involved in National Kidney Week is by supporting NTI. NTI helps Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans back into the workplace. Over the years, NTI has supported those with Kidney problems back into the workplace. If you know of someone who is on SSI or SSDI and looking for telecommuting work, NTI can help.  Have them visit our site here. https://goo.gl/LbrWy1

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About the Author

This article was written by NTI's eMentor, Billie Lynn Holt.  Billie has been a valuable asset in guiding candidates through NTI's process from the point of registration to hiring.  She was born into a military family in Germany, enjoys traveling and learning about the world. Billie has 4 children and 1 grandchild whom she adores  She loves music, people, art, sports, and working out. Staying positive is the best advice she can give.

A High Five to Amber, NTI’s eMentor

This past week was National High Five Day and Get to Know Your Customers Day.  We want to give all our customers; employees, candidates, and clients high fives today. It’s important to appreciate what you have when you have it and give out a high five when it’s well-deserved. At NTI our eMentors work tirelessly to get to know our candidates to help better serve them to deliver and get to know their customers. One of our employees we would like to spotlight is our very own Amber, who is a remote employee from Arkansas.  She used to work on our IRS project and has now transitioned over to working directly at NTI, guiding individuals back to work once again in the role of an eMentor. 




A few of you virtually met Amber as she guided one of Suitable Technologies robots through the halls of the Prudential Center in Boston to celebrate the United Nations  International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to honor NTI in their efforts helping individuals with disabilities. We hope that you enjoy the video Amber recorded for us on the spot that day. For those of you who haven’t met Amber yet, Amber Clary is one of NTI’s very first eMentors. She has always been described as a compulsive cheerleader. Her passion is tied to her work every day as she guides NTI candidates through the job training process, job application process, and working for a client. 


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To get there, Amber explained that Lynda Gardner, Director of eMentoring, made sure that each eMentor got to know each supervisor in all of NTI’s departments, along with frequent department meetings to keep the eMentors informed and up to date. “You have to stay on top of things,” Amber said in an interview in January, “everything is always changing, each department, what their improvements are, and how you will then handle things in your own process.”

eMentors are quintessential for NTI and candidates to achieve their goal. It is our eMentors that guide candidates along the many steps that follow in the NTI process and returning to the workforce and becoming more financially independent again.  Amber remembers starting as an eMentor at NTI and describes it in the interview. “First starting, you know when you start a new position you kinda have butterflies in your stomach, you want to do the best you can, you want to be what these people need.”




Amber describes the work her fellow eMentors and herself do in an e-mail, “Guiding a candidate to the next step is just that. The eMentors do not take away the responsibility of the candidate to go through the process. We cannot put forth the effort for you. But we can be an invaluable tool so that at all times during the process you will know what to do, and who to contact. Therefore, we will guide you in where to expend that effort so that you can successfully reach your goal of finding and obtaining employment.” 

As for NTI, we would like to guide you through your job journey.  If you are on SSI or SSDI and would like to get back into the workplace, feel free to register for our job placement services at www.nticentral.org/Learnmore.  Our registration process is new and has been reduced from 22 minutes down to 3 minutes in order to sign up! Still, even though the process has changed, you still have the great services of our eMentors in guiding you back into the workplace.   

As an end note, Amber has been spotlighted in this post, but over the next few weeks, we are going to be highlighting the other eMentors who have brought so much to the lives of Americans with Disabilities nationwide. 
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Amber Clary, originally from Texas, currently lives with her dog Timber in Arkansas. Amber volunteered as a teacher in her community for 12 years, which taught her about people, and how to relate to different personality types. That experience helps her thrive today as an eMentor for NTI. She also worked with one of NTI’s clients, the IRS, for three years. Nothing has felt more fitting to Amber than her eMentor position, which she started in July 2016.


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Ed Roberts - Disability Pioneer!






2010 California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill by State Senator Loni Hancock declaring that January 23 of every year a day of special significance! On January 23rd, Ed Roberts, a disability advocate was born. 

At the age of 14, Roberts contracted polio and was in the hospital for 18 months. When he left the hospital, he was paralyzed from the neck down, was only able to move a few fingers and toes and had to sleep in an iron lung. 

In the times before the Freedom of Speech Movement, Ed engaged many uphill battles. As a result of his disability, he was initially denied his High School diploma because he had not completed drivers education or physical education.  However, one of his greatest battles came a s a result of his desire to attend the University of California at Berkley. 

The California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation thought that Ed was too disabled to ever receive a job and did not support Ed's goal in going to school.  UC Berkley was also mixed in thier support of Ed attending their University.  One of the Deans stated, "We've tried cripples before and it didn't work."  Others, thought that they should do more to support Roberts.


In the end, Ed fought for his rights and was able to attend Berkley, attained a  Bachelor of Arts in 1964 and his Masters of Arts in Political Science in 1966.  Eventually, Ed became a Ph.D. candidate in political, but did not complete his Ph.D. 

During his time at Berkley, he established the Berkeley Center for Independent Living, which mirrors many of the independent living center models today. He also started a group called the "Rolling Quads" to promote independence among other students with disabilities to display a positive expression of disability identity.  He also started the first student-led disability program in the country called the Physically Disabled Student's Program (PDSP) which still exists today. 

Ed Roberts went on to serve as the Director for the California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the same institution that labeled him too severely disabled to work until 1983.  After his tenure at the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Ed returned again to Berkeley, where he co-founded the World Institute on Disability with Judith E. Heumann and Joan Leon and is considered a hotbed of activism.

Roberts passed away, two years later, but has empowered Individuals with Disabilities to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Today we honor Roberts and those he supported. Thank you!

At NTI, we serve a small part of a larger scale to support Americans with Disabilities. If you would like to be a part and learn more, contact NTI at NTICentral.org/learnmore. 

Thank you to all the Radio Stations Spreading Our Word on National Disc Jockey Day!



A few weeks ago, I flew down to Florida to visit my relatives.  I ended up getting my rental car, turned on the radio to 95.1 FM, WBPC and was nicely surprised to hear NTI’s Public Service Announcement! As an advocate to help Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans, it meant the world to me to get our word our there.

Here are some of our recent Public Service Announcements: http://psa.pagedemo.co/

We want to send a special thank you to all of the supporting radio stations throughout the United States, who have been airing our Public Service Announcements!  THANK YOU!

It’s been a long project at NTI and many people have been a part. Through all the hard work, NTI has made great strides in getting the messages in our PSA’s back to the people. We have teamed up with many radio stations out in Texas, Florida, and other great states who are not only looking for more employment, but a boost in their economy.

Recently, NTI has mixed it up!  Country Recording Artist, Craig Campbell, has sold over half a million digital downloads with his infamous song FISH, has been a tremendous contributor to our upcoming PSA project.  Craig Campbell just recorded a PSA with NTI, mixing in his own music, to raising awareness for Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans.  Thank you Craig Campbell for your  generous support!

Soon, we will also introduce another Country Songwriter and Recording Artist, Lance Carpenter, who just recently agreed to do a Public Service Announcement.
Both artists exemplify what America is about and truly believe in what we do as an organization. It’s a perfect fit!

None of our success would be possible if it wasn’t for the DJs who are airing our PSAs. Without the DJs and supporting radio stations, NTI wouldn’t be able to deliver this important public service announcement to all persons with disabilities seeking employment.  It truly is a community service!

Thank you! Here’s to all the disc jockeys and radio stations, Happy Disc Jockey Day!

Now it’s your turn! Do you want to mix things up or try something new? Are you on SSI or SSDI and looking for a job? NTI can help you. If you would like to learn more about what we offer please reach out to us at nticentral.org/learnmore!

What we do, and how we thrive. It's get to Know Your Customers Day.



A combination of NTI outreach, listening, and providing feedback to the client and candidate helps NTI thrive place Americans with Disabilities back into the workplace. Through understanding our customers and candidates needs, we pave the path to getting to know our clients and to do our job right. Our philosophy trickles down to our employees at NTI;  where we work, understand, and communicate daily with one another to meet our mission.

Although we have an main office where many of our NTI workers work, we also have many committed employees who work remotely throughout the United States.  NTI provides all  employees the training to help candidates seeking job training and job opportunities. 


NTI's enthusiastic staff is committed to developing strong partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and small businesses where we place candidates. Our success partnering with the IRS is one example of NTI's success. NTI provides the IRS with Call Center Agents for the Forms and Publications Department. In the IRS roles, candidates answer calls, offer information on IRS related forms and publication as well as answer procedural questions. Witin the role, the IRS views the accuracy regarding conveying information about tax forms and documents as the most critical skill to success.  The IRS finds that NTI candidates are excellent at providing this information. On a regular basis, the IRS reviews calls to ensure that accuracy is being achieved. 


As an end result, the IRS has continually been satisfied with the candidates they receive and the results from those candidates. They stated, “The quality of your candidates is the best we’ve ever seen.” 


A majority of NTI's Call Center successes are a direct result of the training that NTI places in the candidates to ensure success.  We understand the transition and skill sets necessary to succeed as a Call Center Agent.  These skills are honed by candidates within a 3-Day Training Program delivered by NTI.  


We don’t expect our candidates to walk in and know how to ace it, but with practice they can develop their skills.  At NTI, we set the expectations during pre-screen interviews. The pre-screen interview covers the essential skills that are required for call center positions, such as voice quality, communication skills, technical background, typing speed,  and previous experience.


Our pride and joy to work with a diverse selection of partnerships that offer a growing opportunity for individuals seeking work! None of this could be possible without  getting to know our customers, whether it’s our candidates, partners, or NTI employees. The potential for success lies within our understanding. 


NTI  hopes to get to know you soon! If you are on SSI or SSDI and you think that you would find success, please reach out to us at nticentral.org/learnmore.

Make your career Visionary!


Today is vision board day!  It’s a call out for everyone to get up and start making their vision boards if they haven’t started already!  There is no denying they don’t work,  what it all comes down to is are you giving yourself the chance to give your vision board and yourself success?  According to a  Huffington Post article, “Creating a sacred space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day.”

Vision boards help set yourself up for success, you map out the images on the board, make it vibrant, colorful, aesthetically pleasing to always catch your eye when you walk into the room and then boom! Before you know it you will have your vision board in your mind  all the time, moving closer and closer to your goal. Nothing is impossible, and a vision board can definitely help you get you to where you hope to be.

This year, NTI has many visions for 2017. We are working on new things every single day. The newest vision that is turning into a reality for us very soon is a new office in our Boston headquarter location. All of our workers are excitedly getting ready to close our doors to our office on  69 Canal Street and move to our next location. As we get ready to move, and our vision boards, along with many other things get taken down temporarily a lot of our services will be out of reach such as our website, phones, and reaching us at an office for a day during the 1st of February. Therefore, as an early bird notice, we want  everyone who may be considering reaching out to us during the time of February 1st  to hang on tight because you are very important to us.

Until then, NTI wants you to create your vision boards and go for your goals. Make them vibrant and think  what you really want from life. If your vision board is pointing you to find a new job, we are happy that you are still reading! If you are on SSI or SSDI  and would like to get back into the workforce NTI would like to help turn your vision into a reality. Reach out to us at nticentral.org or call us at (877) 248-8912.

Special Olympics USA Team Sends 210 Athletes to Austria to Compete in the World Winter Games!

The 2017 Special Olympics USA Team will be announced for the Special Olympic World Winter Games today! The Games will take place from March 14 to March 25 in Austria; the country who was also the first host back in 1993. This will be the largest sports and humanitarian event of 2017!

Unlike the first Special Olympic World Winter Games, the 2017 Games has a large international movement. It was started in the 80’s by Herman Knoll, a member of Parliament and the Mayor of a ski-resort city called Schladming. Leveraging his diplomatic power and passion for helping those with intellectual disabilities, Knoll strongly contributed to the success of the World Winter Games. Knoll successfully promoted the event, increasing the participation from 12 countries to more than fifty countries in the 1993 Winter Games.

More than double the countries will participate in the 2017 World Winter Games. Currently, 110 nations are engaged with more than 3,000 participating athletes.  During the Games, participants will compete in seven sports, including alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.

The Special Olympics offers a global platform for one to showcase their ability to challenge themselves, improve teamwork, and to succeed as an athlete among other international persons with disabilities.  Separately, a conference focused on changing society for individuals with intellectual disabilities will coincide with the World Winter Games. Generation United will offer an intensive leadership course during the conference.

Similar to the Special Olympics, NTI helps individuals with disabilities. Our mission is to help Americans with Disabilities find work at home positions and showcase to the world what they can do. Like an Olympian in training, our team of professionals inspire, help you set goals, train you for success, and help you cross the finish line by attaining work.

If you are interested in the telecommuting opportunities NTI offers, contact us at www.nticentral.org/learnmore.  It’s your time to stand on the podium with us!

National Technology Day!

National Technology Day!
Today is National Technology Day and for individuals with disabilities, technology is ever evolving; making the impossible, imaginable. At our 31 Nights Event a few weeks ago, we showcased Gene Laureano, an Veteran with a disability who uses the technology ReWalk Robotics provides to walk once again. 


ReWalk Robotics creates an innovative exoskeleton technology for those with spinal cord injuries. Their two exoskeleton models, create powering motions to the hips and knees enabling someone with a spinal injury to stand.  


Already, ReWalk envisions a world where their exoskeleton can be reconfigured to help more than just individuals with spinal cord injuries. Their goal is to manufacture an inclusive device helping those who have had a stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, or even cerebral palsy stand up and walk again.
In the case of Gene, he can tell you about the impact this technology has on his life; something as simple as having an eye to eye conversation is a game changer. 


ReWalk Robotics showcases only one example of what companies are doing today with technology!  We've highlighted a few striking new technologies over the course of 2016 and have compiled some on our Pinterest board here: goo.gl/FXT643. Feel free to take a look as we add more throughout 2017.  


The future of technology is ahead of us and their is no way to tell what will occur throughout 2017 in the world of assistive technology devices. Like ReWarlk, we will set goals and a vision to create an inclusive society for Americans with Disabilities. 




If you are on SSI or SSDI, NTI wants to be there for you, to help you walk back into the workforce again. Throughout 2017, NTI will offer a variety of job choices. To find out more about our program, visit www.nticentral.org/learnmore. If you fill out an application, let them know how you found out about them and don't forget to spread the word.

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