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Career Services Stellar Year

By Robert Parkinson, Career Services Program Manager, Search, Inc.

Sarah Meyerson, Coordinator, Career Services

Sometimes it is just plain nice to look back over a year and see good things. The end of this past fiscal year (FY22) is one of those times!

With a recent past of…

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Adrian Asks the Questions: An Interview with Alana K

Adrian D

Typically, Adrian addresses his readers’ questions in his “Ask Adrian Anything” blog series.  But this month, Adrian asked questions of his fellow No Boundaries participant, Alana, to learn about her successful job placement as she surpasses a milestone.  Below is his interview:

Working at a…

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Meet Our New ComEd Energy Force Ambassador, Abby S

The Energy Force Ambassador Program, currently in its 11th year, provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work on skills needed for employment and empowers them to teach the public about energy efficiency. We are so excited to introduce Abby S as the new…

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Embracing Disability in the Workplace: Tips to Make Your Workplace Disability-Inclusive

By Diane Royanto, Guest Blogger

Did you know that more than one billion people live with some form of disability? That’s a lot of potential employees! Unfortunately, many businesses have yet to embrace disability inclusion in their workplace. This is despite the fact that doing so…

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NDEAM 2021: Spotlight on Bridget Brown and Pace Suburban Bus

By Bridget Brown, Self-Advocate

My name is Bridget and I am a self-advocate who works on behalf of Pace Suburban Bus

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and it is a perfect time to talk about how taking the bus and transportation is the key…

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Paving The Way By Bringing Customized Employment Training To Illinois

By Dennis Deany, Program Specialist, ICDD

Since October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD or the Council) would like to share that during 2020 we have partnered with Marc Gold & Associates to bring a project to Illinois…

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A Reflection on NDEAM: Working lets me…

National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held every October to celebrate the important contributions that people with disabilities have made to workplaces and to the economy in general. This year, NDEAM’s theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” We are proud that so many of…

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Losing Season, Winning Team

By Tricia Luzadder, Manager, JJ’s List

Anna at the gate at Gallagher Way

Like many, if not most, Chicago Cubs fans, I was disappointed with the way the 2021 season went for the Northsiders. However, as a disability advocate and parent of a young woman with Down…

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Finding My Purpose

By Ashley Alcantar, Guest Blogger

I thought I was going to be at a completely different stage in my life career-wise than where I am presently, and it is frustrating. It is frustrating because I’m having a “mid-life” crisis at the age of 24 and it’s…

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Disability Lead – Inspiring People with Disabilities and Building Leaders

By Brian Rohde, Guest Blogger

Recently, Disability Lead, formerly ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, hosted another webinar in their Power Series highlighting leaders in the community who have disabilities. In this series, Disability Lead hosted Actor and Comedian, Maysoon Ziyad. Maysoon Ziyad told her story about how…

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