Download a printable version of these tips and our checklist below!Tips to Empower Parents to Become Effective AdvocatesChecklist for Providers Empowering Parents to be Effective AdvocatesReferences:Levinson, E.M. & Palmer, E.J., (2005). Preparing Students with Disabilities for School-to-Work Transition and Postschool Life. Retrieved on February 17, 2018.Morin, A. (n.d.). 10 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child at School. Retrieved on February 17, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 09, 2018. Written by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.As a service provider, you will have opportunities to strengthen the confidence of parents/guardians when advocating for their child with disabilities. When parents/guardians are effective advocates, they feel that they are an equal partner with professionals in formulating educational goals for their child. Following are five advocacy strategies that you as service providers can empower parents/guardians to employ:1. Share information and ask questionsParents/guardians should get to know those working with their child and keep an open line of communication.After establishing a relationship with school staff, parents/guardians can ask clarifying questions in a respectful and calm way (Morin, n.d.).The clarifying questions can serve to guide discussions towards specific areas of concern and ideas for solutions to those concerns.2. Maintain a record and organize all communicationsParents/guardians have the right to access all their child’s school-related information.Remind parents/guardians to keep an organized notebook of all report cards, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), assessments, medical records, and work samples.Additionally, maintaining a communication log will help parents/guardians keep track of who they spoke with, when, and a summary of the discussion. This notebook can be helpful in noticing progress as well as issues that need to be addressed (Morin, n.d.). 3. Become familiar with their rights and that of their childrenParents/guardians should know their child’s rights under the Individual’s with Disabilities Act (IDEA). To find out more specific information, parents/guardians can contact their state’s Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center.IDEA provides money for each state to have at least one PTI whose goal is to assist families with children birth to age 22 who have disabilities. The Center for Parent Information and Resources website has a listing of each state’s PTI.4. Learn important terms related to the needs of the childTo fully understand the kinds of assistance a child is receiving it may be necessary to ask for clarification of terms.The Center for Parent Information and Resources can aid parents/guardians in understanding key terms in special education.5. Talk to professionals about transition plansThe goal of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is for students to be contributing members, to the best of their abilities, in work and community life.Parents/guardians can contribute to the transition process by encouraging their child to attend and lead their IEP meetings.Additionally, parents/guardians can advocate early (by age 14) for their child to receive a comprehensive career assessment and access to school-to-work transitionA comprehensive career assessment addresses the areas of academic skills, daily living skills, personal and social skills, occupational and vocational skills, career maturity, vocational interests, and vocational aptitudes. These assessments can help identify students’ aptitudes and abilities, allowing parents/guardians and schools to plan realistic future coursework (Levinson, E.M. & Palmer, E.J., 2005).
Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji, who came down to the capital to attend her close friend and designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s showcase at the Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week (ICW), also got a chance to talk to him about the looks she could wear to promote her forthcoming Bollywood film “Mardaani”.Though her look is far from being feminine, dainty or elegant in the film, on ground for promotions, the newly-wed wife of movie producer Aditya Chopra may sport some special creations by Sabyasachi.Rani Mukerji has revealed that her wedding outfit was designed by friend Sabyasachi”I was having a chat with him (Sabyasachi) about the clothes I want to wear for the promotion of ‘Mardaani’,” Rani said here in an interactive session post the designer’s spectacular show.Dressed in an ensemble from Sabyasachi’s new collection Ferozabad, which he showcased at ICW Tuesday night, Rani exuded elegance in a cream sari embellished with intricate zari work and teamed with a black blouse. The glow on her face, accentuated with an ornate hairstyle and a well-placed red rose in her locks, added to the entire look.Sabyasachi happens to know Rani’s taste, and she’s a fan of his work. He is also the designer who created her special ensemble for her wedding, held in Italy in April.”It had to be Sabya,” she exclaimed.Rani was especially happy to be present for Sabyasachi’s latest couture showcase.I can only say that I am very happy to have Sabya as my brother, my friend and my family. I’m lucky to know him…and yes, he makes such beautiful clothes,” she said.advertisementRani’s “Mardaani”, produced under Yash Raj Films (YRF), features Rani in the rough and tough role of a police officer. She has gone deglam for the movie with a raw and gritty feel to it.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has stressed that Kylian Mbappe will have to be treated carefully over the next few months if he is to reach his undoubted potential.The 19-year-old striker has exploded onto the global game over the course of the last 18 months, helping France to win the World Cup and setting a string of individual records along the way.Tuchel has warned, though, that for all of the praise his charge has received, this is a vital point in his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The forward will not be available for the weekend’s clash against Saint-Etienne due to a three-game ban imposed upon him by the league after he was sent off against Nimes a fortnight ago – exactly the type of situation the former Dortmund coach would seem to want him to avoid.“I heard someone speak about Andres Iniesta in Barcelona. It was the director of the academy who was speaking about him and he said: ‘Pay attention to how he develops’,” Tuchel told RMC.“It’s a little bit the same with Mbappe. You have to be gentle with him, you have to be careful that he doesn’t get a big head, that he develops his tactical consciousness and becomes aware of the importance of daily work in training, but also in his day-to-day professionalism in order to achieve the massive goals he’s set himself. That will be decisive, I believe. It’s a question of details.”Meanwhile, Tuchel admitted that he was not entirely happy with the club’s summer transfer campaign, with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon the only high-profile name to arrive.“Not 100 per cent to be honest with you,” he said. “We were looking for a No.6. We wanted to replace Thiago Motta. For a No.6 at PSG, you need talent and a very big personality. We couldn’t find anyone to fit the bill. We ran out of time.“Now, we have 100% confidence in this squad, in these players, and we’re looking forward.”After the clash on Friday, PSG face a trip to Champions League finalists Liverpool next Tuesday with which to open up their European campaign.
Mithali Raj and the Indian women’s cricket team are the toast of the nation at the moment after their stupendous success in the Women’s World Cup. The team is being hailed despite their loss in the final with the BCCI planning a grand felicitation ceremony for the team when they reach home.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWMithali spoke to India Today after the summit clash which they lost by nine runs against hosts England at Lord’s on Sunday.The 34-year-old spoke of how proud she is of her team for the fearless brand of cricket they played throughout the tournament and how they would like to continue playing with the same intensity in future as well.”It’s something new for all of us to come back into the tournament from two defeats (against South Africa and Australia). The girls have really shown a fearless brand of cricket, a very confident brand of cricket. That is something we need to continue to do and improve on that,” Mithali told India Today.India came within touching distance of the 229-run target in the final but a middle-order batting collapse saw them lose the last seven wickets for 28 in a span of six overs as they got bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.Mithali said the defeat is still hurting the team and would continue to do so for a few more days.”None of the players would have had good sleep after the defeat on Sunday. It will take time for all of us to accept it and make peace with it,” she added.advertisementWith the matches being televised, the World Cup saw women’s cricket finally getting the kind of viewership that it was lacking for all these years. Veterans Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were relatively well-known before this tournament but players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma became household names in the past few weeks.More people have started to follow women’s cricket now and hopefully this trend will continue. Mithali is also glad that her team got so much love and support from back home and in England with her phone ringing non-stop after the final.”In the larger picture it is good for women’s cricket in India. So many people have started to follow women’s cricket. The whole nation was rooting for us and made us feel very special on a very special location (Lord’s stadium). Sending messages from all quarters which was very overwhelming,” Mithali said.On the personal front the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket said that she wants to continue playing for a couple of years more and aims to get India a direct entry into the next World Cup.”I haven’t given it much thought. But as the runners-up in the World Cup it’s important that we need to again start grooming players for the next edition. The journey has to start in a couple of months time. Now it is important for us to maintain our No. 2 position and have a direct entry. For that we need to be in the top four in the ICC Championship.”If I’m playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn’t have to play the qualifiers unlike this time,” she concluded.
Mumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) Industrialist Ajit Singh Ahluwalia has been elected president of the Bombay Industries Association (BIA).Ahluwalia took charge from the outgoing president Jeenanath Shetty at an event held here recently to celebrate the 54th foundation day of the association, a BIA release said.A sports enthusiast, Ahluwalia is director of Surindra Engineering Company, engaged in manufacturing pipes.He is also associated with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects aimed at providing quality education to the needy children. PTI APM RSY
Arsenal Ozil and Lacazette among seven Arsenal stars rested for Europa League clash against Koln Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:27 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Köln Köln Premier League Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are also not expected to be involved in Thursday’s contest Mesut Ozil tops a star-studded list of Arsenal players who have been rested ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against FC Koln.The Gunners get their European campaign up and running at the Emirates Stadium but will have a notable number of absentees, with a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League just around the corner on Sunday.Arsenal 7/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka joined Ozil in missing out on training ahead of the match on Wednesday.However, the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin were all involved in the first team training session at London Colney, suggesting that they are likely to be involved in some capacity.Several youngsters including Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock joined in training along with highly-rated teenager Marcus McGuane.Arsene Wenger revealed that he will take the competition “seriously” but admitted rotation will occur during the group stages as Arsenal look to challenge on all fronts.“We will take it seriously but the priority is to focus on the Premier League and combining the two,” said Wenger.“Then, in December, we will see, but at least we want to qualify for the next round. Thursday to Sunday morning is short so I have to think about that. But we have to win at home and you know how it is when you don’t win at home.”Francis Coquelin misses out with a hamstring injury sustained during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.
Share on Twitter Tom Brady loses top receiving target Julian Edelman for entire NFL season Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Colin Kaepernick Share via Email San Francisco 49ers Share on Pinterest NFL Read more Read more So if Manning wasn’t desired by every NFL team, then it can’t be said that absolutely every job Kaepernick hasn’t landed is due solely to reasons of racism, politics and collusion. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump – the president who openly threatened owners with negative attention if they signed Kaepernick – but he also legitimately has zero football use for the guy, considering his roster already has a quarterback-of-the-now in Tom Brady and of-the-future in Jimmy Garoppolo. So as difficult as it is to give Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft the benefit of the doubt on anything, they’re in the clear … on Kaepernick, at least. Then there are other jobs that came open in which Kaepernick seemed a suitable option, but teams went elsewhere due to system fits. When Ryan Tannehill re-injured his knee earlier this month, head coach Adam Gase reached out to Jay Cutler – a debatably better quarterback than Kaepernick – but one who knew the coach from their time together in Chicago. Kaepernick has a higher upside than Cutler, but Gase picking the familiarity of Cutler is understandable, if perhaps not advisable. features Support The Guardian So now we are down to three teams: the Jaguars, Colts and Ravens. And their excuse for not signing Kaepernick is … well, absolutely no good excuse at all. Andrew Luck has not thrown a pass since January with the regular season almost upon us. And so Indianapolis will likely open the season with the quarterbacking zero that is Tolzien at the controls, while team owner Jim Irsay has tried to ignore the Kaepernick question. One has to wonder if Irsay would sign Kaepernick if the QB had ever been arrested and charged with four felonies, like someone the Colts owner knows quite well.Then there are the Jaguars, forever in need of a quarterback – and Kaepernick would be their best since at least David Garrard a decade ago. A week ago Blake Bortles was reportedly in line to get cut, and team owner Shad Kahn, who donated $1m to Trump’s inaugural committee, even told a local radio station that he would “absolutely” be OK with Kaepernick coming aboard if that was the recommendation of Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone. But then nothing came of it and, after a mediocre performance by Bortles in Jacksonville’s most recent pres-eason game – or a good performance by his standard – Marrone named Bortles the starter for week one. Somewhere between last week and now, the Jaguars front office decided they would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick.Finally, the Ravens – a team that fancies itself a contender, even though Joe Flacco has yet to throw a pass in training camp and the season starts in a week and a half. Head coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome reportedly want Kaepernick, but team owner Steve Bisciotti – who in the past publicly supported Ray Rice and built a statue of Ray Lewis – refused. And so the Ravens will open the season with Mallett at quarterback, who will play horribly and lose, but play horribly and lose after standing for the national anthem. Congrats, Ravens!Not every NFL team is actively blackballing Colin Kaepernick. But even in bending over backwards to give teams the benefit of the doubt – an Olympian task considering the NFL’s track record – there is also no case to be made that some teams aren’t. There are three cities in which Kaepernick can, and should, be starting in right now. Those teams are punishing Kaepernick for his decision to protest. Soon the standings will punish those teams for their decision not to sign him. US sports Share on WhatsApp But even if you argue Cutler is better than Kaepernick as a quarterback or at least his equal, there are still 11 current starting QBs in the league who are objectively worse than Kaepernick: Josh McCown of the Jets; Ryan Mallett of the Ravens (filling in for an injured Joe Flacco); DeShone Kizer of the Browns; Tom Savage of the Texans; Blake Bortles of the Jaguars; Trevor Siemian of the Broncos; Mike Glennon of the Bears; Jared Goff of the Rams; Brian Hoyer of the 49ers; Scott Tolzien of the Colts (filling in for the injured Andrew Luck); and Nathan Peterman of the Bills (filling in for Taylor and Yates and currently higher on the depth chart than Wenning).Forgetting all the teams on which he would be a massive upgrade as a backup quarterback – Pittsburgh, which has Super Bowl aspirations, yet will give the ball to Landry Jones if/when Ben Roethlisberger suffers his annual injury; or Dallas, where Jerry Jones employs Ezekiel Elliott and employed Greg Hardy, but has Kellen Moore as Dak Prescott’s backup – Kaepernick is currently better than a third of the starting QBs in the league. One-third! And even when Flacco, Luck and Taylor return, Kaepernick will still be better than a quarter of the starters. Still, he can’t get a job in a league that supposedly only cares about winning and, to prove it, regularly hands jobs to men with dubious histories such as Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Richie Incognito.Yet at risk of painting with too broad of a brush, even some of those 11 teams have legitimate excuses for not improving at the quarterback position by signing Kaepernick. The Jets, for example. They are openly tanking the 2017 season, so why bring in a QB who could help them win some games, thereby missing out on a top draft pick next spring? The Browns have turned their team over to a rookie quarterback in Kizer, and the Bears have one waiting in the wings in No1 overall pick Mitch Trubisky. And while the Texans could likely win more now with Kaepernick than Tom Savage, DeShaun Watson is waiting to move up to starter in the next few seasons.That whittles the list down to seven teams with flimsy reasons for starting QBs worse than Kaepernick: Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, the LA Rams and San Francisco. But in an effort to be as magnanimous as possible, San Francisco gets a pass because Kaepernick chose to opt out of his contract there … although he did so because the 49ers were going to release him. The Rams get a very generous pass, too, because even though Kaepernick is better than Goff, Sean Mannion and Dan Orlovsky combined, Goff is only a year removed from being the No 1 overall pick and LA wants to give him the opportunity to sink or swim.Let’s give the Bills a pass, too, because Tyrod Taylor should be back from concussion soon and Wenning – again, with apologies to his undoubtedly proud parents – is likely just roster filler until then. And while Kaepernick showed he could quarterback a team with a stout defense to a Super Bowl in 2012, a service he could provide to the Denver Broncos, Denver undoubtedly hoped Paxton Lynch would have made the leap by this year and didn’t have free agent QBs on their radar. The Buffalo Bills signed someone called Keith Wenning on Monday. If you know that name, you are either Keith Wenning’s parents – and you should be very proud of your son – or you are Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, and you should be ashamed of what you’ve done.Wenning, a journeyman quarterback who has now joined his fourth team in the four seasons since he was drafted by Baltimore in the sixth round in 2014, has never actually journeyed far enough to make it on to the field in a real NFL game. He has yet to throw a regular-season pass for the Ravens, Bengals (2015) or Giants (2016) and, if things go Buffalo’s way, Wenning will never throw one in a Bills uniform either. (Note: since things never go Buffalo’s way, don’t be surprised if Wenning gets a lot of playing time there.)Beane made the signing because starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his backup, TJ Yates, both suffered concussions in the team’s pre-season game on Saturday, leaving the Bills lacking at the sport’s most important position – for approximately the 20th year in a row. And so the Bills surveyed the QB free agent landscape and signed … former Ball State starter Keith Wenning. Topics Since you’re here… As is now the custom when any quarterback job opens up, or it seems even when a quarterback throws an incompletion, half the internet sat up and exclaimed WHAT ABOUT COLIN KAEPERNICK. By signing Wenning – a quarterback objectively much worse at playing quarterback than the still jobless Kaepernick, the Bills are now grouped as in on the alleged league-wide collusion to keep Kaepernick unemployed. But all quarterback situations are not equal. Five and a half years ago, when Peyton Manning was available as a free-agent quarterback, even he did not generate serious interest outside of a handful of teams. Overtures were reportedly made by Miami, Arizona, Washington, Seattle, Tennessee and the New York Jets before he signed with Denver. But approximately two-thirds of the NFL had zero interest in the future Hall of Famer. No one protested, even though many teams with far worse players at the position – names such as Christian Ponder, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Schaub, Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel – never courted the QB. Pinterest Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn’t know how to stop this row Sportblog Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Brazil Pato still dreaming of World Cup selection Iain Strachan 07:49 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Brazil World Cup Tianjin Tianhai CSL A Brazil recall may appear unlikely, but the Tianjin Quanjian forward has not given up hope of appearing in Russia Alexandre Pato is desperate for the opportunity to impress Brazil coach Tite as he seeks to feature at the World Cup finals.The 28-year-old striker has not appeared for his country since October 2013 and appears hard pressed to force his way into selection contention ahead of the tournament in Russia, which starts in June.Pato, though, netted 15 goals in 24 appearances to help Tianjin Quanjian finish third in the Chinese Super League, a return he hopes will bring him to the attention of the Selecao boss. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Well, I’ve worked all this year thinking [about the] Brazilian [national] team… which means extra physical work out of my house, and [the] gym at home too,” he told Omnisport.”I always worked to go back to the Brazilian team and I think I [played] a great championship. I helped the club to move on to a different level, [higher] than everyone expected.”Shandong Luneng pair Gil and Diego Tardelli, together with Renato Augusto of Beijing Guoan, have not been entirely discounted by Tite, despite being based in China.And Paulinho has shone since joining Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande, leaving Pato optimistic about his prospects.”I [produced] a great year and I think opportunities appear, such as have appeared for Gil, Tardelli, for Renato… and for Paulinho when he was in China. Now he went to Barcelona,” he said.”I think there is still a lot of time left for the World Cup. I think I have to work and be focused on my work here in China.”And if it appears – the opportunity – I’ll be very happy. I work on 100 per cent to return to the Brazilian team. I think this is my focus.”In each game, I give my best so I believe, who knows, I can receive an opportunity to [get] back. “And, who knows, maybe [I could] play a friendly match or anything else involving the national team, so that I can demonstrate my work again to the coach Tite.”
The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Whiskey Sour Out of all the American professional sports leagues, the NBA has long been on the front lines of promoting their players and their spectacular, balletic displays of athleticism and force. Never more has this been true than in the Age of Social Media, where the league has been quick to adopt the spreading and sharing of video content (Vince Carter dunk videos and Magic Johnson assist compilations anybody?) among the various social networks.So it came as no surprise last month when the NBA, in a partnership with American Express, unveiled its Off the Court section on the league’s website. Off the Court is an ongoing video series hosted by NBA Champion Rick Fox that delves into the interests that current and former NBA players have when they are exhibiting their talents during game time. The areas that will be covered in various Off the Court “webisodes” will be style, non-basketball sports, food, music, gaming and travel. Fans of the game will be able to watch live chats with their favorite NBA players where they can contribute questions via Twitter and Facebook. In addition, there will be pre-recorded vignettes that showcase players and their various interests.So far, Off the Court has focused on their “Style” section. In November, the first player chat saw NBA Champion and All-Star Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo discussing his “Collegiate Fresh” look, how his taste in clothes reflects his game, and his stint as an intern for GQ. Also in November, retired All-Star point guard Baron Davis discussed his new show on the Esquire network as well as how he first got into style.Over the next few months, Off the Court will be posting content in each of the other interest areas listed on the site. In January, Chris Bosh, the All-Star power forward/center of the defending champion Miami Heat, will display his love of cooking by walking viewers through the creation of one of his favorite dishes. In February, when the NBA descends on New Orleans for All Star Weekend, Off the Court will explain how NBA players appreciate music before and after games. April showcases travel, so Chicago Bulls All-Star center, Joakim Noah, will “open up about traveling off the beaten path.”The NBA is always on the cutting edge in making sure that their fans are able to experience the game on a multimedia level—and Off the Court is just another example of this fact. Whether or not you love basketball, Off the Court is the place to learn how professionals live with style and find ways to keep themselves well-rounded with a variety of interests. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube
How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Despite what advertisements will lead you to believe, you don’t need to be dressed to the hilt with all the latest tech gadgets and gizmos. Don’t get us wrong, we love technology as much as the next guy, but we’ve also found that keeping life simple is the best way to stay happy. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of tech essentials for the modern man. You won’t find any superfluous, circuit-laden nonsense here — just useful stuff that makes your life easier. Enjoy!Earbud headphones – Gargantuan over-ear headphones, while preferable in your home or office, are unbecoming when you’re out and about in public. Stick to earbuds if you’re going anywhere – they’re easier to transport and don’t make you look like an angsty teenage punk.OBD 2 dongle — This is the standardized on-board diagnostics port built into your car’s dashboard. A dongle (in addition to being a really fun thing to say) is a little receiver you can plug into this port to extract detailed diagnostic information about your car. It’s the best way to stay on top of mechanical issues. Newer ones can even wirelessly beam the data to your smartphone. Speaking of which …A Smartphone — It doesn’t matter what kind. So long as you can use it to look up driving directions, quickly find a good restaurant or bar on the fly, and keep a music playlist for every situation; it makes no difference if you’re rocking a boxy first-gen Droid or the latest Samsung Galaxy whatever. Also, never wear a phone holster – it’s like a postmodern version of the fanny pack.Waterproof Speakers — Usually electronics and water don’t mix, but thanks to the miracles of modern engineering, they now make Bluetooth speakers that can withstand stuff like water, mud, motor oil, and spilled beer. That means the party won’t stop when your drunk friend accidentally knocks the boombox into the pool – it’ll just get crazier.Cordless Drill/Driver — Even if you’re not the handyman type and you rarely use power tools, it’s still a good idea to keep a cordless drill around the house. They’re just so versatile. With the right bits and attachments, a cordless drill can be used not only as a drill/screwdriver, but also as a rotary sander, paint mixer, garden tiller, or even an egg beater if you ever feel like making the manliest omelette of all time.Capacitive gloves — these aren’t really essential, but they’re definitely nice to have if you live in a colder area of the globe. Basically, they look, feel, and perform just like any other glove; they just have capacitive fingertips on them, so you can still use touchscreen devices (smartphones, tablets, bank kiosks, etc.) while you wear them.Luggage tracker — Thanks to the meteoric rise of GPS and cellular triangulation technology, item-tracking tech is now both affordable and accessible. Get yourself one to use as a luggage tracker and you’ll always know where your bag is — even if an incompetent airline sends it to another state by mistake. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know