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Cognitopia Think Work: How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Getting a job is a crucial accomplishment and one that must be prepared for. The job interview process consists of you being invited in personally, on zoom, or on the telephone, where you are asked many questions about who you are, what you enjoy, how you might handle certain aspects
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Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week September 11-17

The work performed by direct support professionals (DSPs) is critical to quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In Oregon alone, where Cognitopia is based, over 30,000 people with IDD rely on DSPs for support at work, at home, and in the community. Cognitopia joins the National
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New Video: Cognitopia MyLife Digital Portfolio Helps Tell Child’s Story

If you are the primary caregiver for a neurodiverse child, you understand how tiring and frustrating it can be to tell their story over and over again. Cognitopia My Life Digital Portfolios make this easy. Your child might be young, an adolescent, or an adult, but you want other supporters
picture shows the 171-unit housing project CVS is helping fund in Austin, Texas.

CVS Funds New Housing for People with Disabilities

CVS is a champion of people with developmental disabilities (DD), those at risk of becoming homeless, Through their Workforce Initiatives effort, CVS Health has established itself a leader in diversity and equity in employment, including their Abilities in Abundance program, focused on hiring people with disabilities. But CVS also recognizes that employment is just
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Cognitopia Fosters Independence

Through Cognitopia’s long-time collaboration with Supporting Living, Learning, andEarning with Autism (SLLEA), we’ve been helping young adults with autism to be moresuccessful in learning how to live on their own, find successful employment, and pursuecollege degrees. This recently-produced video showcases how for one SLLEAparticipant, Cognitopia systematically builds independence and optimizes
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Holiday Recipe: Hot Chocolate Floats

Perhaps you have enjoyed some of our recipe routines in the recent past? Hopefully so. And to keep it rolling, here we go again! This time we are featuring some fun and tasty “floats” that you can make to put into mugs of hot chocolate! Whether just for yourself, your
this picture shows Spooky Brownies, the result of a step-by-step recipe featured on Cognitopia.com's blog for Halloween

Halloween Recipe #3: Spooky Brownies

Certainly the Ice Cream Sandwich Ghosts we posted last week were fun. So let’s keep the fun rolling here with our final installment of Halloween recipes! This week it’s “Spooky Brownies.” Here again, it’s all about creativity. You can decorate your brownies however you want to, mixing and adding colors,
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Halloween Recipe #2: Ice Cream Sandwich Ghosts

Well, if you enjoyed making the Witches Broomsticks last week, you’re in for an even sweeter treat this time around. Yes, ice cream is sooo good…so any excuse to work with it and, of course, eat it takes very little push! So, without further adieu, let’s make some Ice Cream
fun and easy to make witches broomsticks, a great recipe for Halloween

Halloween Recipe #1: Witches Broomsticks

With Halloween fast approaching there is a certain chill in the air. Indeed it’s getting colder outside, but the chill I’m referring to is that of ghosts, ghouls and witches! So, to keep them happy, and any of your guests who might be coming over for Halloween-style activities, check out

Healthy Cooking Becomes Routine for Residents of Independent Living Program

Surprising Gifts of a Better Meal Living in affordable housing units at Willakenzie Crossing, residents of SAIL Housing in Eugene, Oregon call over a dozen one-bedroom and studio apartments home-sweet-home. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, SAIL stands for “Supported Access to Independent Living” and operates with a mission of supporting sustainable