Author: Pat Maher

SPR, Year Up Chicago Partner to Support PwD Following Harvey Destruction

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POSTED 10/10/2017

Roudy’s expression suggests a combination of determination and disbelief as he wheels through water that nearly crests the cushion of his bright blue manual chair. He is living in one of dozens of shelters after the hurricane that left South Texas devastated tore through his apartment in late August. Roudy is well-liked within the disability
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New Realities…In a Galaxy Not So Far Away!

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POSTED 09/13/2016

Quantum computing, cognitive services, mixed reality, computational cryptography… a laundry list for the next sci-fi blockbuster? Actually, these are working topics that Paul Edlund, Chief Technologist for the Microsoft Technology Center, and his colleagues are unraveling daily. “It’s hard to explain quantum computing to a high school kid, but my job is to take complex topics and
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Year Up Grads Shine at the Chicago Cultural Center!

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POSTED 08/10/2016

Passion, drive, resilience, commitment, flexibility, diverse thought, ability, humor, intelligence, creativity. All qualities that companies covet in new hires. Year Up grads exhibit all of these sought-after qualities and many more. As I leafed through the ceremony program, I had both a comfort and deep pride that SPR was partnered with this exceptional organization.

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3D Derby Day Embraces Hands-on Learning to Benefit LEARN Charter School Scholars!

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POSTED 06/14/2016

There are many impressions from SPR’s recent 3D Derby Day for LEARN Charter School’s 4th and 5th grade Scholars that embody why we support challenged communities. The explosion of young arms raised high in response to Matt Mead, SPR CTO, asking one of many probing questions related to the principles of 3D printing. The anticipation on the
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SPR and Year Up Chicago Team up Again!

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POSTED 04/11/2016

SPR’s Director of Civic Engagement, Pat Maher, recently sat down with Charlotte Norman, SPR’s 2nd intern from Year Up Chicago, for a conversation related to her early career and the internship experience. Year Up works with 18-24 year-olds from resource challenged areas of the city to support their professional and, often, personal development during an intensive, year-long program.

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An exciting new partnership with ITKAN and Marriott Foundation’s Bridges

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POSTED 10/29/2015

This post, authored by Pat Maher and Adam Hecktman (Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Engagement for Chicago), originally appeared on Microsoft Chicago‘s blog on October 23, 2015. IT Knowledge Abilities Network (ITKAN) is a professional development, networking and educational group here in Chicago. It is focused on strengthening career opportunities in technology roles for
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NMHM Chicago Sheds Light on Tech’s Impact on Disability Experience

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POSTED 10/06/2015

I’m currently rehabbing from two reconstructive spinal surgeries that were required due to my Charcot Arthropathy of the lower spine that was first diagnosed in 2005. This has been a very challenging year beginning in January when the first signs of further deterioration developed. Through months of successive CT scans, x-rays, MRIs, and blood panels
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ITKAN Members Travel around the Globe via Skype and the Beam Robot!

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POSTED 07/13/2015

Here are some shots from July 9th’s monthly meeting. It was a great night with Henry and Jane Evans and Bob Bauer – who took us around the globe – Boston, Kansas City, Lyons (FR) and China – controlling 4 Beam Robots real-time while we watched with our jaws dropping from the MTC Executive Conference
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UCP and Smart Chicago Team up at 2-day Innovation Lab!

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POSTED 06/29/2015

I headed into the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago on a chilly Tuesday after an early morning at an ADA 25th Anniversary program at Marianjoy Rehabilitation and Abilitylinks in the west suburbs. If I hadn’t been on a panel at the event, I’d have been at the kickoff of UCP’s Innovation Lab early, but this is a seminal year
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Year Up and SPR Consulting: Partnering to Overcome Career Adversity in Chicago

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POSTED 06/11/2015

Year Up is committed to taking their candidates from poverty to a professional career in one year. It was an easy decision to support Year Up’s mission. Read more about Year Up and our first intern who works alongside our seasoned testers as a part of our onshore testing team.

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