Envision Unlimited Blog

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The Benefits of Exercise

Everyone who wants a healthy lifestyle—regardless of age, gender, or ability—cannot overlook the importance of exercise. Regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, warding off chronic illness, and even helping extend our life expectancy.

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What To Expect at Your First Therapy Session

So you've made the leap and scheduled your first therapy session. Congratulations! Therapy can be an extremely powerful tool for improving your mental health, working through difficult life issues, or getting to know yourself a little better.

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How To Prepare for a Job Interview

Job interviews can be intimidating. That's particularly true if you've been out of the job market for a while or if you're a non-traditional job applicant.

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How To Be More Inclusive of People with Disabilities

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one billion people worldwide (approximately 15% of the global population) have some form of disability.  Sadly, the modern world isn't always friendly for people with disabilities. Many of them cannot access essential services such as healthcare and education, find employment, or even move around in society. 

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The Value of Respite Care

For family members of those with special needs or disabilities, caregiving can be a full-time job. The caregiver’s other responsibilities, relationships, and personal needs often take a backseat to their caregiving duties. Neglecting these aspects of one’s life typically leads to burnout. Many caregivers avoid this burnout through respite care.

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Understanding Stigma and Disability

The world hasn't always been a kind place for people with disabilities. For centuries, individuals with a disability—physical, intellectual, or mental—were believed to be cursed or punished by God. Often, they were treated as social outcasts or placed in asylums or institutions where abuse and neglect were rampant.

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A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

I like the idea of giving credit where credit is due, which is the goal of a national observance called National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Each October, they formally givecredit to employees with disabilities who make tremendous contributions to our lives, economy, and workplaces.

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DSPs Are the Heart and Soul of Envision

Envision Unlimited has more than 400 compassionate direct service professionals (DSPs) who are committed to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness. They work in our group homes (CILAs), day centers, and mental health facilities to support our members, keep them safe, encourage them to be more independent, and help them reach their highest potential.

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There's a New Lifeline for Mental Health

To help reduce the trauma and stigma surrounding mental health issues, Congress designated the 988 dialing code as an answer to the country’s mental health crisis. A toll-free phone call or text to 988 quickly connects at-risk individuals, including youth and individuals with disabilities, to confidential support and assistance through an emergency system similar to 911.

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What Is Specialized Foster Care?

Children in foster care come from a variety of different backgrounds and circumstances, and as such, each of them has a unique set of needs. In 2006, a report published jointly by Children's Rights and United Cerebral Palsy estimated that of the 500,000 children in the foster care system, at least a third of them (more than 150,000) had disabilities.