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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership – a Q&A with Fellow Molly Wiesman

Mentor Melissa Reishus and Molly Wiesman, 2019 Fellow

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the legacy project of ADA 25 Chicago, a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The mission of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is to increase civic engagement and…

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5 Tips for Traveling with Pace

By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach, Pace Suburban Bus 

Pace Suburban Fixed-Route Bus

Everyone needs to get from place to place safely, but sometimes the “how” can be more challenging. For many, public transportation is a great way to get around. However, the process can feel…

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Frequently Asked Questions about ADA Paratransit Service

The Role of Your Driver

By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach, Pace Suburban Bus

As an outreach professional for Pace Bus, I am often asked about the role of our ADA paratransit drivers. I have found that not all riders have an accurate idea of exactly…

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Relocation Tips for People with Disabilities

By Emily Love, Guest Blogger

Moving is a physical and mental challenge for everyone. Sorting through and packing up your possessions, saying goodbye to friends and family, and searching for the right moving company takes a lot of time and energy. But for people living with…

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Who’s Who at No Boundaries

EXTRA, Extra, read all about it!  We have No Boundaries – and we’re going to shout it!  

Courtesy of www.socialnorms.org

Here at No Boundaries we help people with disabilities gain more independence by preparing for employment. Our motto, “train for work, train for life,” means the skills…

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No Boundaries Visits the Visual Comfort Group Warehouse

No Boundaries Participants Matt R and Abby S with Visual Comfort President Joe Higgins

Our No Boundaries team visited and toured the Visual Comfort Group Warehouse in Skokie in February.  The Warehouse Manager, Scott Christman, gave us a tour of their warehouse and the President, Joe…

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Ask Adrian: All About Travel

Welcome back to another installment of “Ask Adrian Anything.”  This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with one of our No Boundaries participants, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community. Recently people asked…

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FAQs About Illinois ABLE Accounts

By JJ Hanley, Director, IL ABLE

Since the “Achieving a Better Life Experience” ABLE program launched in Illinois two years ago, people with disabilities have saved more than $4.5 million in their Illinois ABLE accounts for disability-related expenses.

With ABLE accounts, individuals with disabilities and their families…

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7 Tips To Help You Be A Smart Shopper

Grocery shopping can be a challenge for anyone.  There are many temptations in stores that make it easy to spend over your budget.  Search Inc.’s Ignite participants have been working on building skills needed for greater independence, including how to be a smart shopper. 

Here…

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Devaluing Hindsight as a Parent of a Child with a Disability

By Barb Cohen, Guest Blogger

Photo Courtesy of 123rf.com

What If The Lesson to Learn Is That There Is No Lesson?

Hindsight in parenting rarely accounts for the complexity of the moment.

Suppose your child received feedback on her first assignment in college and called to say, “It turns out I…

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