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Compass in Redwood Coast!

by Melanie Anderson Compass is very excited to introduce you to our newest region: Redwood Coast.  As of this writing, Compass is serving 5 people in Supported Living in Fort Bragg funded by Redwood Coast Regional Center.  Compass intends to begin providing ILS services soon as well.   If you have ever been to Fort…

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Day of the Deaf

by Melanie Anderson September 24, 2018 is the start of Deaf Awareness Week and during the month of September, many organizations hold activities to celebrate and to educate people about deafness. Companies and agencies often mark the event, and schools, colleges, and universities hold awareness events. Amusement parks, such as Six Flags hold special Deaf…

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Point Positive: Person Centered Thinking

by Melanie Anderson Having a great hair stylist is pretty important. I had the same stylist for many years and when I moved to a new area, I dreaded the trial and error of finding a new person.  In 5 years, I never found a stylist that really worked for me and it actually caused…

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Building Community: Investing in Social Capital

by Melanie Anderson It has been nearly 25 years that I’ve been in the industry of supporting people with disabilities. While I am eternally grateful to have made a fulfilling career from assisting others, I am keenly aware that our industry has a way of distorting concepts and making labels.  One of these concepts that…

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Gratitude: The Art of Thankfulness

Pain and Loss Even though my parents raised my siblings and myself to be thankful for our many blessings, I did not truly understand the concept of gratitude until I traveled through the pain and experience of loss. When I was a teenager, my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew it was serious…

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Connection in Communication

Communication. Communication.  This one word is so powerful and we all know how it can dictate outcomes, affect the quality of our lives and how it can make us feel. There is a lot of research on communication.  Even though many of us have had training on the topic of communication, it still feels like…

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