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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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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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Self-Advocates University – a New Self-Advocacy Initiative

By Jennifer Gledhill, Community Inclusion Coordinator, Search Inc.

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Back in 2016, Search, Inc. (Search) adopted the principles of the Council on Quality Leadership (CQL), an accreditation body that uses several principles to guide agencies like ours further towards person-centered services. CQL put into words…

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Grateful for the Partnership Between Search and Oak Point University

By Jackie Rovner, Division Director of Clinical Services, Search Inc.

Oak Point University Nursing Students

Search staff and individuals are incredibly grateful for the partnership we have established with Oak Point University! Nursing students from the university participate in a six-week, hands-on, clinical rotation at our Adult Learning…

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Search Inc. Celebrates Direct Support Professional Week

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the heart and soul of Search Inc. They provide the support that allows the individuals we serve to live to their fullest potential each and every day. Search celebrated our wonderful DSPs during DSP Recognition Week, held on September 12…

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Farewell to a Long-Time Search Staff

Carolyn at Search’s Kensington Site

Carolyn Bernett, Search’s Senior Program Manager in our Adult Learning Program, is retiring from Search, on Friday, September 3rd. With over 35 years of service at Search, Carolyn has made a tremendous impact on our Search family and on the thousands…

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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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