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Two Jobs and a Full Life: A Q&A with Matt

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In honor of NDEAM, we wanted to highlight the success of Matthew LaChapelle, a former No Boundaries participant. Matthew has had success with employment and is a great example of what someone with a disability can do. …

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Welcome to Ignite Norwood Park!

Search is excited to share that we have opened a new Adult Learning Program, our second in the Ignite model. The new site is located in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago.  Our Ignite programs are community-based, small and flexible licensed day services programs…

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“I Wish I Had This Disability Awareness Training 20 Years Ago!”

The Disability Awareness Players with Jeremy Gill of the Lincoln Park Zoo

By the Disability Awareness Players

It’s a new season and the Disability Awareness Players are out in full force spreading disability awareness!  We’ve had a busy few months training folks all over the Chicagoland…

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Q&A with Search Inc’s Ignite Team: Community Outings

Ignite, a program of Search Inc, is an innovative, small and flexible licensed Adult Learning Program designed to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities pursue and achieve their personal goals and actively participate in community life. Ignite offers a dynamic mix of classroom instruction,…

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PAC Makes a Difference in the Lives of People with Disabilities

We recently sat down for a Q&A with Jackie Alfirevic, Production Coordinator at Search, Inc. to find out more about Planet Access Company!

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Q: What is PAC?

Jackie: Planet Access Company (PAC), a social enterprise of Search, Inc, is a third party logistics warehouse and vocational…

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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership – a Q&A with Fellow Molly Wiesman

Mentor Melissa Reishus and Molly Wiesman, 2019 Fellow

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the legacy project of ADA 25 Chicago, a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The mission of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is to increase civic engagement and…

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5 Tips for Traveling with Pace

By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach, Pace Suburban Bus 

Pace Suburban Fixed-Route Bus

Everyone needs to get from place to place safely, but sometimes the “how” can be more challenging. For many, public transportation is a great way to get around. However, the process can feel…

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Frequently Asked Questions about ADA Paratransit Service

The Role of Your Driver

By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach, Pace Suburban Bus

As an outreach professional for Pace Bus, I am often asked about the role of our ADA paratransit drivers. I have found that not all riders have an accurate idea of exactly…

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Promoting Self-Advocacy Through Reviews for Change Workshop

Workshop facilitator, Sarah Armour, assisting Ignite’s Erich

JJslist.com offers FREE Reviews for Change Workshops to agencies and organizations interested in teaching clients with disabilities a new way to self-advocate.

Reviews for Change Workshops, lead by Sarah Armour, Business Assistant at JJslist.com, teach individuals with disabilities how…

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FAQs About Illinois ABLE Accounts

By JJ Hanley, Director, IL ABLE

Since the “Achieving a Better Life Experience” ABLE program launched in Illinois two years ago, people with disabilities have saved more than $4.5 million in their Illinois ABLE accounts for disability-related expenses.

With ABLE accounts, individuals with disabilities and their families…

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