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A National Disability Employment Awareness Month Like No Other: Employment Services During A Pandemic

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Each October, NDEAM celebrates workers with disabilities and employers who are smashing stereotypes about the abilities and misconceptions of hiring and retaining people with disabilities.

This year marks not only the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities…

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Empowering Self-Advocates Through Education, Experience and Discussion

Courtesy of hoover.org

By Jennifer Gledhill, Community Integration Coordinator, Search, Inc.

Q: How, in 2020, does a non-profit agency serving adults with intellectual disabilities conduct voter education classes without injecting any personal bias into the narrative?

Courtesy of connectionspittsburgh.com

A: By listening to the candidates’ own words, of course.

In…

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Advocating for Disability Inclusion in Elections

By Brian Rohde, Self-Advocate

Stacey Abrams, Courtesy of kpbs.org

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the host of the Disability Power Series, in-depth group discussions with influential people that empower people with disabilities. As a 2020 Fellow, I had the privilege of attending a discussion on voter suppression…

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Interview with Allan Bergman in Celebration of ADA30

Courtesy of ADA National Network (adata.org)

We continue to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights law that protects people with disabilities against discrimination and gives them equal rights in all aspects of life. We had the honor…

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Brian’s 3 Top Energy Tips

By Brian Rohde, Search Inc’s Energy Force Ambassador and former No Boundaries participant

The ComEd Energy Force Ambassador Program was the country’s first energy-efficiency education program taught by people with disabilities. This program benefits the public, as well as the Ambassadors.

Brian Rohde, ComEd Energy Force Ambassador for…

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How to Job Hunt with a Disability During a Pandemic

By Mary Dale Walters, Guest Blogger

Courtesy of brightview.com

Finding a job right now is difficult enough, but when you have a disability, it can seem insurmountable. In May 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 17.9%, and for…

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Q&A with ADA25 Fellow Brian

Brian Rohde with 2020 Fellows

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) turns 30 at the end of July. Throughout the year there will be commemorations of progress in access and inclusion. A legacy of the 25th anniversary of the ADA is the ADA 25 Advancing Leadership….

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Calling All Leaders

Courtesy ADA25 Advancing Leadership

If you are a civically impassioned leader with a visible, invisible, or acquired disability who lives in the Chicago region, then listen up: we have the perfect network for you! ADA 25 Advancing Leadership—a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that fosters power and influence…

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Covid-19 Information from Green Mountain Self-Advocates and SARTAC

By Green Mountain Self-Advocates,  a partner of Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

What is COVID-19?
• It is a new illness spreading around the world.
• It’s nickname is coronavirus.

How do you get it?
• Someone with COVID-19 gives you their germs.
• When they cough or sneeze, their…

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What Medical Evidence Does Social Security Require?

By Erika Riggs, Esq., Guest Blogger

As a Social Security disability lawyer, my practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and helping them obtain the benefits they deserve. While there are stringent eligibility requirements for obtaining these vital public benefits, the most…

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