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Meet Our New ComEd Energy Force Ambassador, Abby S

The Energy Force Ambassador Program, currently in its 11th year, provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work on skills needed for employment and empowers them to teach the public about energy efficiency. We are so excited to introduce Abby S as the new…

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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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NeuroDIVERSED 2022: Self-Care and Being Kind to Your Mind

Happy, upbeat music and dancing can have a positive effect on your mood!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Evanston Arts Council in 2021, NeurodiVERSED was created to address the misconceptions and misinformation surrounding those who identify as neurodiverse, as well as the damaging narrative…

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End of Year Musings by the Disability Awareness Players

Disability Awareness Players Michaela M, Billy C, Sarah A, Sarah ST, Bring R, and Henry

The end of the year is a time of reflection, so we asked the Disability Awareness Players a question for reflection. Below are some of their thoughts.

“What was your favorite thing…

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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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Paving The Way By Bringing Customized Employment Training To Illinois

By Dennis Deany, Program Specialist, ICDD

Since October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD or the Council) would like to share that during 2020 we have partnered with Marc Gold & Associates to bring a project to Illinois…

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A Reflection on NDEAM: Working lets me…

National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held every October to celebrate the important contributions that people with disabilities have made to workplaces and to the economy in general. This year, NDEAM’s theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” We are proud that so many of…

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Losing Season, Winning Team

By Tricia Luzadder, Manager, JJ’s List

Anna at the gate at Gallagher Way

Like many, if not most, Chicago Cubs fans, I was disappointed with the way the 2021 season went for the Northsiders. However, as a disability advocate and parent of a young woman with Down…

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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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Welcome Back Pace Riders!

By Edward Madden – Pace Suburban Bus

The Covid-19 pandemic has been very challenging for all of us and public transportation was hit particularly hard.  In Spring 2020, Pace’s ridership dropped to as low as 30% of 2019 levels and many of our fixed routes were…

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