Employment Opportunities – Get your resume ready!


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In the past few weeks I have received a bit of information regarding employers seeking employees! I thought that some of you may be interested in looking at these positions. Some utilize the skills of actors while others are seeking educators, tech and biz folks or even consultants.  I thought I would take a few moments to simply list what they are and how you can connect!  (Don’t contact with me as I am just a conduit of information and have nothing to do with any part of the process.)

>> Children of  a Lesser God is coming back to Broadway! While the principal cast may already be casted – there is information to be found about additional roles (and when it opens in NYC) by clicking here

>> Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt has posted dozens and dozens of positions nation and world wide! From business to educators to web design.   Link is here

ALSO…  if you complete the process please let them know I sent you! (Greatly appreciate it as I do work as a consultant for this terrific organization.) 

>>School Psychologists and Educational Consultants needed around the country.  I found this opportunity to be one of interest for those who like to travel! via DeSalvo Inchttp://bsdesalvoinc.com

GOOD LUCK!!

Note – this is just because I like to share and be helpful.  Please do your due diligence before applying to any of these positions! 

Dear Burlington County Times,


I wanted to write this blog as a way to say thank you for posting the recent letter to the editor titled, “Signing Specialists are a Distraction”.  Not only was your post from Mr. Muccolini a real “discussion starter” about the role of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, but also generated thoughts about all the rights we have as Americans.

You see by posting Mr. Muccolini’s rant, albeit in my opinion narrow minded and a few other choice adjectives, it demonstrated that we have an amazing right  in the United States for freedom of speech.  This right has been one of the backbones of our country and often valued above others.  Blood has been shed to uphold this freedom and I for one am thankful for the right to speak my mind.

I also thank you for the opportunity to shine a spotlight on another set of rights known as  the American Disabilities Act aka ADA. (Please go here to fully see them outlined)  Ahhhh…. this is where I get to be an educator and discuss how important these rights are for ALL.  It seems perfectly logical that the right to information meant  for the general public is one equally valued and needed by both hearing and deaf.  So, I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around anyone who suggests that the right to a sign language interpreter, used to ensure equal access of pertinent safety information,  is a “distraction”.

In fact, I challenge any hearing person who doubts the value of the ADA laws to walk around with noise cancellation ear muffs and see how much of what is being said  can be understood.  Accept my challenge for an hour, a day,  or a week.  Were you feeling “left out”, “ignored”, “uninformed”, etc?  Perhaps after this exercise it will seem as clear as crystal why the Deaf may need to have access to interpreters.  And, do note that not all people with hearing challenges require the same accommodations.  Just as those with visual acuity problems don’t require the same extent of corrective lenses, etc.

Next  I offer to  people who think that “sign specialists” are nothing more than a nuisance another  challenge to learn about the hard work it takes to become a certified interpreter. In fact, it requires just as much college experience to be a certified ASL interpreter as it does to become a chemical engineer.  A four year degree and several exams later this “sign specialist” is allowed to “leave the box” and be a conduit of information for those who need this assistance. (Learn more about sign language  interpreters here at RID – the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

And, I challenge those who doubt the effectiveness and need for ASL interpreters to chat with those who needed them when their lives were disrupted by disasters.  These victims of disasters are in towns all around America.  In Joplin, Missouri, throughout Oklahoma, Northern California, and even near Burlington. Remember Superstorm Sandy?   It is because of ADA laws that interpreters can be readily available to any of our  community members who need their service. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that some people who are hearing, but have some communication challenges, may also require the assistance of an interpreter to facilitate communication.

You see, this is my field of expertise – helping build communication bridges between community members, including emergency responders, and those who use sign language as their primary language.  I have seen the faces of those who are thankful for  interpreters who have helped in the aftermath of a disaster. These interpreters often leave their own families to help others. They should be applauded for their dedication and commitment.

Why as a hearing woman do I write this note to you?  First understand that I proudly sit on several committees that help with disaster preparedness and response for those with access and functional needs. It is my passion to do so.  I welcome an opportunity to share educational resources with those who are in need of some enlightenment about the reasons why ASL interpreters are essential to our communities.  After all, ASL is in the top five of the most used languages in the United States.

Thank you for reminding us that our rights as Americans are to be treasured and that we still have so much to learn as a country about equality.

Lastly, thank you for allowing me to exercise my right to freedom of speech.

Respectfully submitted,

Louise Masin Sattler, Nationally Certified School Psychologist

SigningFamilies.com

STOP! I got Freedome and 241 hackers didn’t get my private info via my iPhone! (Plus a #Giveaway)


This winner to this Giveaway has been announced and awarded. Thank you for your interest.

~Louise Sattler March 5, 2015

Earlier this week I wrote a blog that introduced  FREEDOME – a new technology by F-SECURE that uses VPN to stop hackers and phishing on your mobile devices.  I installed it earlier this week and five days later I am shocked to learn that 241 tracking attempts on my iPhone have been blocked. (See the slideshow below for snapshots of what a tracking “window” looks like on this app) I am duly impressed with this app and that is why I agreed to hold a sponsored giveaway contest to encourage my readers to at least look in to FREEDOME and see if you too would like some extra layers of online security.

 F-Secure is offering an opportunity for me to hold a giveaway of a iPAD MINI 3 and one year of a FREEDOME subscription

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY THAT MAKES YOU ELIGIBLE! STEP 1: Simply go to my SIGNING FAMILIES FACEBOOK page and comment about FREEDOME and/or online security concerns you may have. STEP 2: Then go to TWITTER and FOLLOW @FreedomeVPN WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW? If you wish watch the video in #ASL for further instructions You must live in the United States to enter this giveaway. One person will be selected after the contest ends on March 5, 2015 at 9pm PACIFIC time. The iPad Mini 3 and Freedome subscription will arrive via F-Secure. No family members may apply (sorry Mom!) AND… You can get started now by getting your FREE TRIAL by simply clicking here and using this PROMO CODE:  qsf257  Read more about my experience with FREEDOME, how to access the F-Secure videos that explain the technology and much more here

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“Did someone say SAFETY?” – Count me in – FREEDOME!


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About a month ago I read via TRIBERR about an online security system campaign that helps to detect if someone is zooming in to your personal devices via public WiFi connections. It was called Freedome.   I was intrigued enough to click on to their youtube video that explained how lacking in security most of us are in public places!  Need convincing? Curious? Read on!

I soon learned that F-Secure, the company who created Freedome,  was looking for bloggers who had some measure of knowledge about this space.  Now if you know me and my background – you will understand that I have a passion for keeping people safe – especially via prevention.  Freedome is an easy preventive measure – it simply uses a VPN with anti-virus, anti-tracking and anti-phishing all in just one button. It can be installed on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.   I gladly accepted  the opportunity to be one of their brand ambassadors and this week I will be sharing some fun .

Are you secure when online? Watch this video to see why most of us are NOT!

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What steps did I take to install Freedome?

The first part of my process to learn about Freedome was to watch their video.  As a social media correspondent and one that travels all the time (yes, I am so close to calling LAX my home), I was shocked to learn on this video how exposed my devices were in the public milieu. The video highlighted my vulnerability, but more importantly also made me realize that teens and tweens with phones, tablets and computers are so very much at risk too! YIKES!

After watching the video I received my link to begin my free trial Freedome subscription.  It was fast and easy to install (less than five minutes) and the tutorial was very helpful.  The information on the tutorial was made very easy to follow thanks to graphics that were clear to  comprehend. Directions are text and not voiced – so it is easy for all to understand who speak English and accessible to my Deaf friends, as well. And for all my friends who are “youtubers” – making those videos at your local coffee shop is not a great idea unless you are secure with your WiFi!

Want to be protected, too – FREE?

I would love for you to join me in this journey of being invisible online.  A free trial subscription is available and quite frankly the paid one year subscription is less than the price of a  few lattes.

Simply use this LINK to get started for your free trial!

USE THIS CODE to get the FREE TRIAL: qsf257

COMING SOON!

In the next few days I will be writing about a great GIVEAWAY of a iPad Mini 16 GB Wi-FI and a free year of Freedome, which protects all your devices.  All the information will appear on my SIGNING FAMILIES FACEBOOK page and appear at my other various platforms such as TWITTER.  Be sure to stay tuned for fun and a few little surprises…

Thanks for reading!

~Louise

The Power of #YouTubers


I have had the privilege of being invited as a social media correspondent to the Vanity Fair and Access Hollywood  pre-Oscar event this week.  As a result of this assignment (and one given to scores of others) – I had the opportunity to meet, greet and laugh with three “youtubers” – iJustine,  Joey Garceffa and Tyler Oakley.  They couldn’t have been nicer to this 50+ year old woman.  And, I learned a lot- which is not surprising considering that each have millions and millions of views on their videos.  (I get excited when I have 500 views on one of my videos!)

What I found interesting during their panel discussion that kicked off the Vanity Fair Social Club (VFSC,) was their candor and recognition that times are changing in the world of media.

Do they watch TV?  Not much.

Have they been to a theater recently? No not really.

What about their families – are they encouraging and supportive to their endeavors on YouTube and beyond?  Absolutely- agreed all three.

How about bullying and haters? Each had a different take on this topic – Now my interest really was piqued! Justine and Joey both agreed that part of the “job” were the haters.  But, Tyler took the topic one step further with his discussion of the TREVOR PROJECT – a program that was implemented to put the spotlight on helping those who feel emotionally desperate and/or suicidal.  (Now this IS the power of Youtube- helping others- #SocialGood)

Read more about the TREVOR PROJECT here.

What really interested me was that these three were on totally different paths and found that creating YouTube videos, that started as a casual “hobby”, resulted in a very marketable entertainment brand for each and everyone of them.

Justine, Joey and Tyler all have different platforms on their videos.  Usually discussing current events and the “state” of their world.  Learn more about the insights of this dynamic trio by clicking on  these links to get a look in to their channels:

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Happy Oscars everyone!  Stay tuned for more random musings, including photos, from the desk of this social media correspondent!  Follow me all week via the Vanity Fair Social Club on TWITTER as @LouiseASL  #VFSC

Time for change… Meet the #411Voices Influential Network


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ANNOUNCEMENT TIME  –   I would like to proudly introduce to you the new look and name for what has been known since 2011 as 411 Voices:

411 Voices Influential Network

 

Recently, I have met many wonderful people via networking opportunities who ask me, “What is 411 Voices“?  They often are intrigued by the concept of nearly two dozen women, who are experts in their own professions, coming together to provide a large menu of services – ranging from consultative to philanthropic.   So, without further ado here is an “explanation” about our cadre of women experts-

Our cohesive team hails from across the globe and is comprised of professionals with diverse areas of expertise.  For starters we offer media marketing services including strategic planning (digital and traditional) and web development.  We are seasoned social media contributors, influencers and brand ambassadors who have  #SocialTV experience and”know – how”.  Our videos, books, articles and blogs are often hailed by others as “top- notch”!  We have a heart for philanthropy and support several endeavors that help causes from education to support for victims of domestic violence or cancer.

You never know where you will see one of us! From CNN, to Shark Tank to even national culinary events!  We even appear on the red carpet! This year many on our team will be present at the Vanity Fair social media week for the Academy Awards.

Meet  our experts 

Plus, together we are considered premium “think – tank” expert consultants who have offered their assistance to companies and organizations of various sizes. We work together – sans drama- to offer what is best for the client.

As part of our continued efforts to stay contemporary, we enlisted our resident animator, Dara Blaker, to  create our new  informational welcome video  that shows we also have a sense of humor!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, too!

Coming soon – “In the spotlight” – a series for you to get to know some of the most creative people using social media to bring exciting content to YOU! 

Maui, I loved you but…


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I recently returned from the lovely Hawaiian Island of Maui.  So beautiful and in some places even exotic. Covered with lovely beaches, including those with black sand.  Surrounded by majestic mountains that are taller than most of the clouds that filtered around the island.

Yes, Maui’s landscape and people are AMAZING but, throughout my visit I kept having a gnawing feeling of concern with this destination.  For an island that has a huge tourism industry and thousands of residents that live within a mile to their shores, I saw no obvious disaster preparedness or safety  information regarding evacuation routes in the event of an earthquakes or tsunami.   At first, I thought I was just was in “vacation mode” and not taking note of area safety posts. So, I inquired about disaster preparedness plans to hotel staff, restaurant owners and people at tourism locations (including park rangers). The answer to my queries usually sounded like this… “Hmm.. good questions.. just head to the mountains- fast”.

One of our vacation apps did mention the yellow warning sirens on the north part of the island- but we couldn’t find any.  After some searching I did find an evacuation map for Maui – online. And, there are considerable  resources regarding earthquake and tsunami safety on official websites for Hawaii preparedness.  But, if one doesn’t go seeking this information, then they could be caught off – guard and perhaps grossly unprepared.

One plus was that I did read in the local newspaper about the Maui CERT group meetings being offered.  It was nice to see that they had an active community emergency response team.

So, Maui community leaders and hotel organizations – please be proactive and give information to your residents and visitors … just in case.   And yes, I will be back … someday… as I did love this island.

Read about the 1868 7.9 earthquake

Maui tsunami’s via oral history links

Will you seek heroes in 2015?


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2015.  Numerology tells us that the numbers add up to 8 – meaning success and profitability (or so my friends who practice this art tell me!) While I am not one to count digits to decide my year’s path – I would like this new year to be  one for turning the spotlight on everyday heroes instead of discussing ad nauseam those who use tactics to scare, bully or harm others.

I know that each reader of this blog can think of at least one person who they consider a “hero”.  Many of my heroes are kids!  They are the ones who collect blankets for the homeless, donate their time as peer buddies in schools,  create cool science projects simply to challenge themselves, or perhaps author musical scores or books!

We often are so busy looking at those who provide “shock value” (“Calling all Kardashians”), that we forget some of the most unique individuals live in our neighborhoods.  To me the local “folks” provide much more interest to me “IRL” (in real life) than any tabloid story.

In 2015 I plan on continuing the tradition I started at the end of 2014.  Each week I carve out time to watch a few TedX Talks Youtube episodes.   While there is a huge catalog of TedX topics and presenters, I often find myself watching kids via the TedX Teen Talks!  There I have discovered many people who I would consider “heroes” – even if they have lived for less than two decades.  If you have free time or simply want to use a few moments to expand your mind – check out these young entrepreneurs and enjoy the presentations of those who are dedicating their young lives to #SocialGood.

Have a groovy and safe 2015!

~Louise

Learn the ASL Alphabet via Fun Word Search Puzzles!


Looking for a fun AND educational gift this holiday season?  Try this series of FINGER ALPHABET COOL KIDS WORD SEARCH PUZZLES.   I received a set to review this week and must admit they are indeed creative and enjoyable!  Note that the puzzle books are marked by levels and type of words- such as Verbs or Adjectives.  Great for beginning ASL classes.

To learn more I would recommend clicking to AMAZON where they are sold for around $8 per book.

A perfect fit every time! Meet Fitlogic’s Little Black Pant! #Giveaway


Say what?! There is actually a company that has designed a template for women’s pants so that each time you try on your “size” it will fit – no guess work involved?!  Imagine that!


MEET the LITTLE BLACK PANT by FitLogic!

Cricket Lee imagined the concept of a world where women don’t have to try on pants anymore, and it’s taken her twelve years of testing and perfecting the product to go from the “drawing board” to market entry.   A couple of weeks ago I saw @Fitlogic  on TWITTER.  I noticed that they were posting very interesting tweets that caught my eye.  And, some of the tweets mentioned a sale – 30% off a pair of a pair of pants. After clicking through to their website and reading about how you can have a pair of pants “made for you” – I was convinced this was the company for me.  I promptly ordered and within just a few days the Little Black Pant arrived at my door. Commence the test… would they truly fit like a “glove” without fail?  YES INDEED! My pair of pants was perfect!

 Watch videos, including testimonials, about Fitlogic

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LOVE these pants so much I am sending double ASL kudos!

I was so thrilled that I connected with Cricket and asked if I could interview her for this blog. I learned so much about this dynamo, including her vision.  Enjoy meeting Cricket Lee! Don’t miss the giveaway (details below) and the promotion link to get your Little Black Pants at 30% off the regular price of $59.95. Your price in the cart will be only $39.95 (good until December 30, 2014).

Louise Q1- Fitlogic is well … so logical… can you explain the concept and catalyst for this company?

Crickett A1– The concept is that Fitlogic is a true science and fits 95% of women. The fashion industry fits on one shape model and uses antiquated methods. It is designed and proven as a world patented operating system for apparel to ultimately create a fit standard. LittleBlackPant is the debut pant that holds the Fitlogic system so that women can experience the superior fit and join our movement.   Our long term goal is to license the technology to all brands that want to please the consumers by carrying their personal Fitlogic fit.

Louise Q2- The Little Black Pant is PERFECT for just about ANYONE – will there be a little WHITE or KAKI pant soon?

Crickett A2: Yes, we are offering a stone off white color for spring, a coral and maybe more.  We are going to be offering lengths and plus sizes as soon as we can. When we offered up to size 24 on QVC in Jones New York we sold out quickly, so we have the patterns developed – we just have to build the company a bit more before we can offer them again. We also tested successfully in Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Louise Q3- All good business owners / entrepreneurs have a 1-3-5 year plan.  Where would you like Fitlogic to be in 1-3-5 years?

Cricket A3: In one year, I’d like to have a multi-brand platform including our first licensee Kym Gold (co-founder of True Religion). We plan to offer  a range of prices and brands with Fitlogic so that women can shop by shape.

In three years, our plans are to be in all retail venues with Fitlogic in many brands, and be able to execute our geolocation feature where women will be able to download an app and find product that fits in their living area or online.  92% of apparel is still sold in stores, so it will make life so much easier.  Our categories include tops, dresses and more for the future.

In five years, we want to see a global brand with Fitlogic showrooms where women can look and try on garments and then have them shipped direct. Most of us (unless it is a basic item) like to see and feel the garment before buying.

Louise Q4-  Are maternity clothes in your future- I see a big market there?

Cricket A4- As we move into licensing to other brands, I see a maternity brand wanting to adopt the Fitlogic system and we can work with them to add the baby belly to the system. A woman’s basic shape doesn’t change.  It really works for real body changes.

Louise Q5-  How do you hope that social media will enhance your biz?

Cricket A5- Social media enables me to connect to women directly with the idea of never having to try on garments again.  They like the LBP because it is a simple staple product and an easy way to identify their fit code.  But the idea of finding pants and a system that moves with your shape no matter what size is the real magic.  The future will enable a woman to try on and see if she likes the fabric or the leg width or the waistband.  It’s a different kind of trying on – it will be fun!

LouiseQ 6- Anything else you wish to share?

Cricket A6- I was ahead of my time, and the fashion industry liked my ideas but wasn’t ready for a standard.  I think with the fact that ecommerce is growing fast and that women don’t have time to shop or for endless try-ons and returns makes Fitlogic the next big thing.  A purchase of a pant is a vote for fit freedom!

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CLICK TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FITLOGIC PROMOTION LINK!

CLICK THIS LINK TO RECEIVE THE 30% PROMOTION (good until December 30, 2014 only) The price reduction is reflected at checkout.

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The FITLOGIC GIVEAWAY! – COMPLETED
WINNER:   Selected randomly – Juli Auclair Lipof

Congratulations, Juli!!

GIVEAWAY RULES:

To enter to win the random giveaway of  one pair of the FITLOGIC LITTLE BLACK PANT you must do the following TWO easy steps before December 15, 2015, midnight Pacific Time.

ONE randomly chosen winner will be selected on December 16, 2015.

Winner will be contacted via email by a Fitlogic representative and/or Louise Sattler. Must have a USA address and at least 18 years of age. Only one entry per person.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

1- Comment below as to why you would love to own a pair of “LBP”

2- TWEET the following:

I entered @Fitlogic Little Black Pants #giveaway – You can 2 via @LouiseASL. Details: http://wp.me/pSDlj-a8W  #LBPGiveaway Ends 12/15/14

 

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