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Why Growing Your Support Network Is a Must for Caregivers of Disabled Adults

By Beth Rush, Guest Blogger

Western culture celebrates independence almost to a fault. To many Americans, being self-reliant represents strength of character. Of all the cultural myths you grow up hearing, this one couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s rarely a good idea to go…

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Celebrating Juneteenth at Search

By Martina Conley, Community Life Coordinator, Search Inc

Juneteenth, aka Freedom Day, is a federal holiday commemorating the freedom of enslaved African Americans. The holiday was signed into federal law by President Joe Biden on June 17, 2021. Juneteenth is celebrated across the country with classes, picnics,…

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Search Inc. Employee Appreciation Day Blog

Search staff: Angie, Coco, Jennifer, Carmen, Nichol, Aisha

By Tasha Grant, Director of Operations Support, Search Inc

On Friday, June 17th, Search Inc. hosted its annual Employee Appreciation Day (EAD) picnic at Linne Woods in Morton Grove. The picnic was an epic one! We had great weather,…

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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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Growing Up With “Boot,” A Sister Just Like Any Other

Joe Luzadder with his younger siblings, Jack and “Boot”

By Joe Luzadder, Guest Blogger and Sibling

To me, growing up with a little sister with Down syndrome was a blessing. It was also typical, however, because I did not know what it was like to grow up…

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My Sister’s Positive Impact

By Jack Luzadder, Guest Blogger & Sibling

Anna and Jack

Sympathy is almost always the feeling people express when they find out you have a sibling with a disability. Oftentimes they’ll try to relate by giving a hardship they faced while growing up. While the good intentions…

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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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Self-Advocates University – a New Self-Advocacy Initiative

By Jennifer Gledhill, Community Inclusion Coordinator, Search Inc.

Courtesy of pixabay.com

Back in 2016, Search, Inc. (Search) adopted the principles of the Council on Quality Leadership (CQL), an accreditation body that uses several principles to guide agencies like ours further towards person-centered services. CQL put into words…

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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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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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