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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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People with Disabilities Count, too! Census 2020

Courtesy of charlestonchronicle.net

The 2020 Census is about to begin. In fact, starting in January, the census will begin counting people in remote parts of Alaska.

The census is a short questionnaire that asks about who you are and where you live. It’s the way to count…

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Ask Adrian Anything – About Employment

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 last month’s National Disability Employment Awareness…

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From “Earth Child” to the Internet Age: 50 Years of Search

In 2018, Search, Inc. celebrates 50 years of service to individuals with disabilities, their families and the broader community. 

Search got its start in 1968 as a grassroots movement of parents in the Cabrini Green neighborhood of Chicago advocating for the inclusion of their children into…

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Benefits of Inclusion

By Tricia Luzadder

Anna showing her Wildcat Pride

My daughter Anna – a 17 year old with Down syndrome – has been included in school since pre-K. Overall it has been a good experience for Anna both academically and socially. However, as the academic gap widened, the…

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Search Trailblazers 2018 Celebrates 50 Years of Service!

Please join us on Thursday, May 17th for SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2018: Celebrating 50 Years of Service at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago! This exciting evening will celebrate the 50th anniversary of JJ’s List’s parent company, Search, Inc.

Search was founded in 1968, in Cabrini Green, Chicago, to…

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Self-Care: First Aid for Depression

Sarah Armour

By: Sarah Armour, Self-Advocate

I had a rough time during the holidays and winter months that resulted in depression. Having depression stinks so much! When I am depressed, I feel like nothing in life really matters. It feels like a dark cloud even when fun…

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Route to Independence: How My Daughter Learned to Take the CTA in Chicago

By Cheryl Bane, Parent 

Last month I got a call telling me that my 20-year-old daughter, Quincy, was going to begin Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Travel Training Program. Gulp. The thought of Quincy taking the city bus completely on her own made me nervous because Quincy…

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