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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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Working with Neighbors

Search Inc is excited to be part of Evanston’s 2020 Year of Kindness and Nonviolent Action (YKNA), a Public Art and Community Engagement initiative that uses the transformative power of the arts to bring people together around the common goal of fostering an inclusive and…

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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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Favorite Memories from 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we asked  Ignite and No Boundaries program participants, Disability Awareness Players and staff what their favorite memory of 2019 was. We share some of those with our readers below:  

Sarah with Maine East students

Sarah: My favorite memory was doing the Reviews…

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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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Two Jobs and a Full Life: A Q&A with Matt

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In honor of NDEAM, we wanted to highlight the success of Matthew LaChapelle, a former No Boundaries participant. Matthew has had success with employment and is a great example of what someone with a disability can do. …

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Welcome to Ignite Norwood Park!

Search is excited to share that we have opened a new Adult Learning Program, our second in the Ignite model. The new site is located in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago.  Our Ignite programs are community-based, small and flexible licensed day services programs…

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“I Wish I Had This Disability Awareness Training 20 Years Ago!”

The Disability Awareness Players with Jeremy Gill of the Lincoln Park Zoo

By the Disability Awareness Players

It’s a new season and the Disability Awareness Players are out in full force spreading disability awareness!  We’ve had a busy few months training folks all over the Chicagoland…

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Ask Adrian Anything – About Staying Healthy

Welcome back to another installment of “Ask Adrian Anything.”  This series gives our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with Adrian, a No Boundaries participant, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community. Recently people asked Adrian about how he stays…

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Q&A with Search Inc’s Ignite Team: Community Outings

Ignite, a program of Search Inc, is an innovative, small and flexible licensed Adult Learning Program designed to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities pursue and achieve their personal goals and actively participate in community life. Ignite offers a dynamic mix of classroom instruction,…

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