The JJs List Blog

Self-Care: First Aid for Depression

Sarah Armour

By: Sarah Armour, Self-Advocate

I had a rough time during the holidays and winter months that resulted in depression. Having depression stinks so much! When I am depressed, I feel like nothing in life really matters. It feels like a dark cloud even when fun…

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Route to Independence: How My Daughter Learned to Take the CTA in Chicago

By Cheryl Bane, Parent 

Last month I got a call telling me that my 20-year-old daughter, Quincy, was going to begin Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Travel Training Program. Gulp. The thought of Quincy taking the city bus completely on her own made me nervous because Quincy…

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The Good Doctor and Autism: A Behavior Analysts’ Perspective

By Amanda Bulgrin, QDIP and ABA Master’s Student

Dr. Shaun Murphy in The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor is one of many medical dramas to hit the airwaves over the past year, however there is something about it that has got people talking. The protagonist, Shaun Murphy,…

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The Good Doctor and Autism: A Self-Advocates’ Perspective

By Bill Sitter, Self-Advocate with Autism

We have come a long way with how we regard people with disabilities. Several years ago there were few, if any, individuals with disabilities on TV.  Today, shows like The Good Doctor are making record ratings. The Good Doctor is…

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4 Tips on Living Alone with a Disability in Chicago

A Guest Blog by Adrian Drower

Adrian at His Job at The Fine Line

As Frank Sinatra once sang, “This is My Kind of Town.” Though I was born in Illinois, Northbrook was my kind of town for a while. Now I agree with Frank Sinatra, Chicago is…

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Apartment Hunting As a Person with a Disability

A Guest Blog by Dave Thompson

For all of my life, I had lived in Indiana.

Dave showing off his new apartment.

That is, until recently. During the span of the last several weeks, I have been in the process of moving from my longtime home in Griffith,…

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On The Job: Q&A With Anton Gadbois

A guest blog by Anton Gadbois

Q: How long have you been at Hewn?
A: I have worked at Hewn since 2015.

Q: What type of business is Hewn?
A: Hewn is a hand-forged bakery in Evanston, IL. We make pastries, bread, sandwiches and coffee.

Q: What do you do…

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Self-Advocate Educates Others About Benefits of Public Transportation

Guest Blog by Bridget Brown, Self-Advocate and Disability Advocate

Hop Team with Thornwood High School Students

I am part of a team who teaches students and adults with disabilities about the benefits of riding public transportation and how to do it! I work with Ed from PACE…

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First Hand Advice on How to Be Successful On the Job With Autism

A Guest blog by Bill Sitter

Guest Blogger Bill Sitter at his job at PeopleScout

There are a lot of misconceptions about Autism, especially in the workplace.

There is a stereotype that folks on the spectrum are only good at menial jobs or computers. I think that’s because…

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Is Society Progressing in Its Response to Autism?

A Guest Blog by Education Advocate with Special Family Support, Barb Cohen

Barb Cohen, Author of “Mom, Am I Disabled?”

College professors do not call to check in with parents. I had been warned about this aspect of transition repeatedly and anticipated my impending ignorance with both dread and enthusiasm. When…

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