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10 Tips for Respecting People with Disabilities

By Ignite, Evanston

Graphic created by Ignite Participants

July is Disability Pride Month, a time for people with disabilities to celebrate who they are. It is also a time for others to learn how to become better neighbors, colleagues, friends, and acquaintances with people with disabilities whom…

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Your Story is Your Legacy: The Intersection of Disabled and Queer Identity

By: Melanie Ausbrook, Adult Learning Program Manager, Search Inc

Both neurodiversity and queerness/sexual identity are often viewed as spectrums. The Kinsey Scale places sexual identity on a continuum with no person being totally ‘straight’ or ‘gay.’ Similarly, autism is defined as a spectrum disorder with no…

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Disability Lead – Inspiring People with Disabilities and Building Leaders

By Brian Rohde, Guest Blogger

Recently, Disability Lead, formerly ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, hosted another webinar in their Power Series highlighting leaders in the community who have disabilities. In this series, Disability Lead hosted Actor and Comedian, Maysoon Ziyad. Maysoon Ziyad told her story about how…

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Reigniting Friendships at Ignite

Everyone is excited to begin getting back to a pre-pandemic “normalcy” after a long, arduous year of quarantine. When Ignite Evanston reopened its doors to participants just a few weeks ago in mid-May, there were smiles all around. The staff was excited to welcome old…

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Spotlight on Alana K.

Last month was Autism Awareness Month. To help mark the event, JJ’s List sat down to talk with No Boundaries participant, Alana K. We are grateful for her willingness to share her story, insight, and advice with our readers.

Tell me about yourself:

Alana at No Boundaries

My…

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Three Visibility Artists Raising Their Profile

Artwork by Juan

Three of our Visibility Arts artists, John, Orman and Juan, will be among a total of 179 professional artists showing their work at an in-person Group Art Show at Evanston Art Center. Tina Zemen, Visibility Arts Manager, was instrumental in getting Search Inc….

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10 Tips for Being a Self-Advocate

 

 

Sarah in her home office

Sarah Armour, jjslist.com Business Assistant and Self-Advocate. wrote these helpful self-advocacy tips for NeurodiVERSED, a self-advocacy awareness initiative that Search is taking part in.  What a great way to celebrate Developmental Disabilities…

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ComEd Energy Force Ambassador Program Celebrates 10 Years!

ComEd Energy Force Ambassador Program celebrates 10th Anniversary

Search Inc was so excited to join ComEd and 27 other agencies virtually to celebrate the kick off of the 10th anniversary ofthe ComEd Energy Force Ambassador Program!  Orientation for the 2021 milestone year gave us the opportunity…

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Is Your Company Ready to Include Disability In Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts?

If one good thing came out of 2020, it was the elevation of discussions in the media on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Last year’s health, financial and racial injustice crises knocked down barriers and highlighted many issues that have been ignored for too long….

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Search Announces Launch of NeurodiVERSED: A Neurodiversity Awareness Initiative

Search is excited to announce the launch of NeurodiVERSED, a new self-advocate driven awareness initiative. NeurodiVERSED, an Evanston Cultural Grant Fund project, was born from the need to create a platform for individuals with disabilities and mental health conditions to share their voices and further…

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