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Bob Gilbert, Employment Specialist

I am an Employment Specialist at PILR.  I am relatively new to this position but have been involved with PILR for over 20 years.  I am a retired CPA and PILR was my client.  During that time I developed a keen awareness and appreciation of the plight of people with disabilities.  After I retired I [...]

By | July 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bob Gilbert, Employment Specialist

Don’t hate, Appreciate! By Rachael Thompson

Our world has changed so much! Just in the last 40 years we have completely overhauled almost everything we do and will do. Some things were changed for the better, somethings just changed neither better nor worse and some things just became weird. My grandmother, who is 87 talks about how things were in the [...]

By | June 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Don’t hate, Appreciate! By Rachael Thompson

Communication: A win for everyone By Rachael Thompson

My daughter is an awesome person. She is one of those wonderful and rare people. She thinks about everything she says and I have never heard her say anything that might offend anyone or be deemed unkind. I would love to say that is because she has an amazing mother who taught her how to [...]

By | May 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Communication: A win for everyone By Rachael Thompson

The meaning of Memorial Day by Rachael Thompson

When I was a kid I LOVED Memorial day. I didn’t know the true meaning behind it but I knew that meant Family reunion. My father’s family always held a giant memorial weekend family reunion. My grandma would pick me up from school on Friday and we would be together by the pool and in [...]

By | May 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The meaning of Memorial Day by Rachael Thompson

We’ll do that together too. By Rachael Thompson

If you have read my other blogs it should come as no surprise to you when I say I LOVE MOVIES. My family does too. My husband is a huge Marvel fan and that has not diminished with the new movie End Game. Don’t worry, I am not giving spoilers to the movie but I [...]

By | May 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on We’ll do that together too. By Rachael Thompson

Coming Home by Rachael Thompson

My family has a strong group of military personnel in it. My father was in the Army reserves, my uncle was a Marine in Vietnam, my grandfather was in Germany during World War 2 with the Navy and 7 of my father’s cousins were in the military as well. So it was not really a [...]

By | May 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Coming Home by Rachael Thompson

From Apple Trees to Fairy Doors

It’s never dull at PILR; last week the excitement happened in my office. Debbie came to talk to me about something and suddenly asks, “How long has that door been in your office?” Now I am seriously confused. The only door I know of is the one she walked through to enter my office. She [...]

By | April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Apple Trees to Fairy Doors

Understanding Life in a Wheelchair By Janice Talyor

When we were out in the public, I started noticing disturbing reactions from some people. Most people were helpful and opened doors for me or let us pass first. But sometimes people would bump into me when passing; they never stopped to apologize. They didn’t seem to have much patience if I was in front [...]

By | April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Understanding Life in a Wheelchair By Janice Talyor

Post-Secondary programs more inclusive for people with disabilities.

Every year for the past 17 years, PILR has been proud to host Disability Mentoring Day. It’s a day for local youth with disabilities and employers to get together and learn from each other. It shows the employers how much the youth have to offer and shows the youth how many wonderful jobs are open [...]

By | April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Post-Secondary programs more inclusive for people with disabilities.