The JJs List Blog

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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Workshops Have Team Hopping

Pace Suburban Bus Training Team, Ed and Bridget

Pace Suburban Bus and JJ’s List Training Teams have been busy with the Hop on the Bus to Independence Workshops throughout the Chicagoland area. Just this month the team has been to Lincolnshire, Orland Park, Elgin, Aurora and many…

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Letting Go for Two Bus Stops

Anna and her travel trainer

The Day My Teenager Learned Public Transportation

I finally got a call from the Chicago Public Schools district travel trainer to let me know that he was ready to begin teaching my teenage daughter how to take fixed-route public transportation.  She is…

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Deaf Students Learn to Take Public Transportation

Bridget at one of the Hop on the Bus Trainings

When a class of deaf and hard of hearing students boarded a public bus recently, they got a surprise.  Bridget, a disability self-advocate, who was there to train them spoke her lines in sign language!

The students…

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I Started Taking the Public Bus…

…instead of Paratransit
By Alex Tello, No Boundaries Participant

Alex with timetable

I decided to start taking the public bus instead of Paratransit or a ride from my family because I knew I could learn and I wanted to be more independent.  It makes me happy!

Before I started…

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How an Educator and Pace Made Good Things Happen

Ed Madden leading a Hop on the Bus Workshop

We often hear that transportation – or lack thereof – is a barrier for teens and young adults with disabilities when it comes to getting and keeping employment.  We know it can be very tricky to get…

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Service Provider is Person-Centered

Latasha with colleague Elisabetta

For many service providers, when it comes to transportation for adults with developmental disabilities, ADA Paratransit appears to be the only option. But it’s not a person-centered or integrated experience for riders. So when Latasha Grant, Adult Learning Program Manager for Chicago-area…

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New Hop on the Bus Workshop

Last Thursday we did a Hop on the Bus Workshop with the Glenbrook South Transition High School. The students and teacher were very engaged. The students seem to know a lot of questions we asked. There were 10 students and 5 staff members in the…

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Is it Time for Your Agency or School to Hop on the Bus to Independence?

Here at JJslist.com, we believe that you have to be able to get around your community if you are going to be a part of your community.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Pace Suburban Bus to lead workshops for agencies and schools that help individuals with…

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Tips for Riding Public Transportation

Sponsored by Pace Suburban Bus

Public transportation gives people with disabilities the freedom and independence to get to where they need to go, easily. One very important benefit of taking Pace Suburban Bus’ fixed route service is safety. The accessibility features and the helpful drivers keep…

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