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How Much Can You Work While Receiving Disability Benefits?

By: Rachel Gaffney, Outreach Specialist, Disability Benefits Center

Did you realize that it’s still possible to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits? If you or someone you love would like to return to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it possible for people of…

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5 Steps to a More Accessible Home

By Caitlin Hoff, Health & Safety Investigator

Whether you are adjusting to a newly acquired disability or living with a long-term disability from childhood, having an accessible living space allows you a sense of independence and mobility in your home. Most homes are not built with…

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Celebrating 25 Years of Work

By Sheila Hebein, Parent & Advocate

Chris at work at Evanston Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston

On April 26, 2018, my son Chris celebrated his 25th Anniversary working as a Mail Clerk at Rotary International’s World Headquarters in Evanston, IL. He has been working there since high…

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4 Tips on Living Alone with a Disability in Chicago

A Guest Blog by Adrian Drower

Adrian at His Job at The Fine Line

As Frank Sinatra once sang, “This is My Kind of Town.” Though I was born in Illinois, Northbrook was my kind of town for a while. Now I agree with Frank Sinatra, Chicago is…

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Apartment Hunting As a Person with a Disability

A Guest Blog by Dave Thompson

For all of my life, I had lived in Indiana.

Dave showing off his new apartment.

That is, until recently. During the span of the last several weeks, I have been in the process of moving from my longtime home in Griffith,…

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On The Job: Q&A With Anton Gadbois

A guest blog by Anton Gadbois

Q: How long have you been at Hewn?
A: I have worked at Hewn since 2015.

Q: What type of business is Hewn?
A: Hewn is a hand-forged bakery in Evanston, IL. We make pastries, bread, sandwiches and coffee.

Q: What do you do…

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First Hand Advice on How to Be Successful On the Job With Autism

A Guest blog by Bill Sitter

Guest Blogger Bill Sitter at his job at PeopleScout

There are a lot of misconceptions about Autism, especially in the workplace.

There is a stereotype that folks on the spectrum are only good at menial jobs or computers. I think that’s because…

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Benefitting from ABLE

Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, and Guest Blogger Bill Sitter

A Guest Blog by Bill Sitter

The ABLE Act, also known as the Achieving Better Life Experience Act, is probably the most important piece of legislation regarding people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act. ABLE

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Foundation Funded Trainings Experience Success

The Disability Awareness Players had another record-breaking year in Fiscal Year 2017!

JJsList.com Disability Awareness Players at Lincoln Elementary School in Highland Park

Overall 40+ Disability Awareness Trainings were provided to over 2,600 people in the most recent year. A recent grant from the Reva & David…

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Building Skills While Following My Passion

By Brian Rohde, ComEd Ambassador

ComEd’s Paula Conrad, Michele Ptasik, Anne Pramaggiore & ComEd Ambassador Brian Rohde

On Wednesday August 23rd, I attended the ComEd Key Managers Meeting at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL. There were between 150-200 ComEd and Exelon employees and managers in attendance…

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