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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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Volunteering at ReelAbilities Film Festival

Volunteering at ReelAbilities Film Festival

JJsList.com Social Media Assistant Abbie Volkmann

A blog by Abbie Volkmann

One of my first times as a Disability Awareness Player was in February when we trained a group of filmmakers at Kartemquin Films in Chicago. At the training, our contact at Kartemquin…

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Benefitting from ABLE

Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, and Guest Blogger Bill Sitter

A Guest Blog by Bill Sitter

The ABLE Act, also known as the Achieving Better Life Experience Act, is probably the most important piece of legislation regarding people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act. ABLE

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Building Skills While Following My Passion

By Brian Rohde, ComEd Ambassador

ComEd’s Paula Conrad, Michele Ptasik, Anne Pramaggiore & ComEd Ambassador Brian Rohde

On Wednesday August 23rd, I attended the ComEd Key Managers Meeting at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL. There were between 150-200 ComEd and Exelon employees and managers in attendance…

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6 Money Management Tips When You Receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

6 Money Management Tips When You Receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

A guest blog by Maricel Tabalba

If you’re receiving SSDI payments due to a disability, you understand how crucial it is to have some type of plan so that you can make every dollar of…

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