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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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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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“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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Thumbs Up for Our DSPs

Valy Ghiurca and Saul Reed

JJ’s List sat down – masked and socially-distanced – with two Search Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Saul Reed and Valy Ghiurca, to learn about them and hear about their experience of living-in with residents during the stay-at-home order. Below is a…

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Celebrating Our Champions – Trailblazers Virtual Experience

Thank you so much for your continued support of Search!

As you all are aware, we are at the mercy of a pandemic. While we here at Search are making sure that those we serve are among the protected – we have your safety in mind…

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Ask Adrian Anything – About Being Quarantined

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. In light of the stay at home order due…

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Covid-19 Information from Green Mountain Self-Advocates and SARTAC

By Green Mountain Self-Advocates,  a partner of Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

What is COVID-19?
• It is a new illness spreading around the world.
• It’s nickname is coronavirus.

How do you get it?
• Someone with COVID-19 gives you their germs.
• When they cough or sneeze, their…

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Q&A with Abby S.

Adrian D, Abby S, Matt R, and Michaela M

Last month Abby S gave a guided tour of the Search Inc’s  Planet Access Company Warehouse (PAC) – where she works – to her fellow No Boundaries (NB) participants, Matt, Adrian and Michaela and NB Trainer Jenny. Through…

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