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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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Staying Positive in 2020

Disability Awareness Players, Sarah, Brian, Molly, Billy, John V and Sarah S-T

No one on planet Earth has not been affected by Covid-19. But as difficult and challenging a year as this has been, The jjslist.com Disability Awareness Players want to share some good vibes that…

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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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What I Learned From My Friend, Margo

By Kellena Dunckley, Guest Blogger

Courtesy of coloradohomeandgarden.com

During my starving college years in Boulder, Colorado, one of my jobs was as a live-in caregiver for Margo, a woman with advanced MS. We were quite the team. A bad ski accident had resulted in my having a…

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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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“Missing You Always”

Adrian is a No Boundaries participant who often writes the blog series “Ask Adrian Anything”  for JJ’s List.  In lieu of sharing his experiences of living and working independently in the community this month, Adrian has offered to share one of the lovely poems he has…

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#SearchSTRONG

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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