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By Christine Zanca, Residential Program Manager, Search Inc.

As it became evident that the state would enact a shelter in place order, Search began brainstorming ways to keep people safe. How can we limit COVID exposure for both staff and individuals served? When Search proposed a live-in model, we did…

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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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Sharing Quarantine Survival Strategies

By Sarah Armour, Business Assistant, JJ’s List

Courtesy of eiu.eu

These past few weeks have been very scary for all of us. COVID-19 is so scary because you can’t see the virus. Back in December, I heard that we shouldn’t travel internationally. I thought that was crazy…

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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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Q&A with Abby S.

Adrian D, Abby S, Matt R, and Michaela M

Last month Abby S gave a guided tour of the Search Inc’s  Planet Access Company Warehouse (PAC) – where she works – to her fellow No Boundaries (NB) participants, Matt, Adrian and Michaela and NB Trainer Jenny. Through…

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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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Tips for the Anxious Traveler

Courtesy of inc.com

By Sarah Armour, JJsList.com Business Assistant

Travel by air can be very stressful for anyone, especially for people who have anxiety. Crowded airports, a lot of stimuli, not having control, and canceled flights, for example, can be overwhelming for someone with anxiety.

Even though I…

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A Place I Can Call Home

Anton at work

By Anton Gadbois, No Boundaries Participant and Guest Blogger

When I first started working at Hewn in 2014 I was not sure that I would be the right fit for the job. I had experience as a dishwasher, but I was anxious about the…

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Connecting To The World Through Travel

Search Inc’s Search for Adventure (SFA) is a program that connects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the world beyond their own communities through vacation experiences. Since 2004, SFA has taken a total of 135 trips under the guidance of Search Inc’s Community Inclusion…

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Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Courtesy of healthyplace.com

By Sarah Armour, Michaela Moran and Matt Rizzo

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time of year. However, we often get overwhelmed and stressed out over the things we want to do and/or are expected to do, such as shopping, gift wrapping,…

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