The ability to take public transportation is a crucial part of independent living. For many people with disabilities, anxiety and lack of training are barriers to taking the bus or train.
Getting Around On Pace
JJ’s List is excited to be working with Pace Suburban Bus on a series of fun instructional videos on how to get around on the Pace bus. Starring Advocates Bridget Brown and Tim Finnegan, these videos will cover topics such as “Planning Your Trip”, “Waiting For and Getting Onto the Pace Bus”, “Staying Safe and Smart on the Pace Bus” and “Getting Off The Pace Bus”. Look out for the release of one video every month starting this June.
Sneak Peek Behind The Scenes
Meet Our Stars
Tim Finnegan, 18 – Speaker and Advocate for Individuals with Disabilities
Tim’s first-hand experience as an advocate for people with autism spectrum disorder made him just the person to help star in these videos. Here’s what Tim has to say about himself:
“I’ve been involved with JJ’s List for a long time. I’ve been a Disability Awareness Player and I’ve also spoken about JJ’s List. I’m currently a Junior in High School at New Trier and I’m a resident of Wilmette. I also currently have two part time jobs at McDonald’s and at AMC Theatres. During my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, and getting around the community independently. I’ve been great at taking the pace bus independently and also teaching other people how to use the pace bus and other types of public transportation.”
Bridget Brown, 27 – National Public Speaker & Inclusion Advocate
Bridget advocates for individuals with disabilities to be included in their school and community. She also speaks to students about treating all people with respect and dignity. Bridget dwells in the possibilities and speaks for people who don’t have a voice. Bridget also has her own consulting organization called Butterflies for Change. Here’s what Bridget has to say about herself:
Keep your eye out for the official release of the first video next week!
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Shuling Yong is the Digital Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist at jjslist.com, a disability awareness training, credentialing and digital marketing social enterprise connecting businesses and people with disabilities. You can find her on Google+ and Twitter.