Every year, a week in September is dedicated to celebrating Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and their devotion to individuals with disabilities. This year, Direct Support Professional Recognition Week takes place from September 10-16. The celebration is a great time to highlight these employees and their commitment each and every day. What is a DSP? Direct […]
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to elevate your mind and body. Whether that means learning a new skill or venturing out to events in your area, now is the time to prioritize your well-being based on your specific needs and interests. While summer self-care might look different for each person, we’ve gathered a few tips […]
Each year in May, organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and Mental Health America (MHA) lead a national movement and awareness campaigns to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. According to NAMI: 1 in 5 U.S. […]
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopment disorder that affects the way the brain functions. The autism spectrum is broad and varied and no two people are alike. Each person has their own strengths and abilities that everyone should celebrate.
You landed the job interview! Congratulations! Now what? By this point you’ve likely spent significant time and effort exploring different careers, writing resumes and filling out job applications. The work isn’t over. Now, it is time to prepare for the interview so you can make a great first impression. Here are some tips on how […]
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. Typically diagnosed during early childhood, it can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships and self-regulation. It affects people in different ways and to varying degrees. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 44 children have been identified […]
At school, you are likely learning skills like using a computer and software programs, typing, writing and solving math problems. As you transition from school to employment, you will continue to learn technical skills required to be successful in your chosen career. These are known as hard skills because they are measurable skills that enable […]
In an earlier post, we talked about the importance of community engagement and shared some ideas for community activities. But, how do you remain engaged during unexpected and challenging times like the ongoing pandemic, weather-related disasters or while recovering from an injury or illness?One thing COVID-19 has taught us is that it is important to stay […]
By high school, you likely already transitioned multiple times. As you consider life after high school as a person with disabilities, think about how you would like to engage in your community. Are you interested in getting a job, attending post-secondary school or participating in a day support program to build valuable skills?
Community integration is important because we all need to feel connected with others. As active members of the community, people with disabilities have richer life experiences and more fulfilling lives. The community is also enriched when everyone participates. Find ways to get involved with your community.