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The JJs List Blog

Career Services Stellar Year

By Robert Parkinson, Career Services Program Manager, Search, Inc.

Sarah Meyerson, Coordinator, Career Services

Sometimes it is just plain nice to look back over a year and see good things. The end of this past fiscal year (FY22) is one of those times!

With a recent past of…

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Adrian Asks the Questions: An Interview with Alana K

Adrian D

Typically, Adrian addresses his readers’ questions in his “Ask Adrian Anything” blog series.  But this month, Adrian asked questions of his fellow No Boundaries participant, Alana, to learn about her successful job placement as she surpasses a milestone.  Below is his interview:

Working at a…

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10 Tips for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

By Sarah Armour, Business Assistant, JJ’s List

Courtesy of www2.illinois.gov

According to the World Health Organization, the Covid-19 pandemic that we’ve been dealing with for the past two years triggered “…a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide.” Social isolation – having to isolate…

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Building Community Connections

Visibility Artists Jimmy and John with City Elementary students

Earlier this month, our Search Inc. Visibility Arts Artists volunteered their time and talent to mentor the students at City Elementary, a private specialty school in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

City Elementary was founded by a small group…

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Join Search for TRAILBLAZERS 2022: Celebrating Our Community Roots!

 

Please join Search on Thursday, June 9th from 6 – 9 pm at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614) for SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2022: Celebrating Our Community Roots!

For the first time in three years, we are thrilled to gather together in…

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National Access Pass Provides Opportunities Nationwide

By Tricia Luzadder, JJ’s List

After two years of staying put because of Covid, the seemingly endless cold weather, and general antsiness (as we’ve been living in an apartment while our house is under construction), our family decided to travel outside of Illinois for our daughter’s…

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Meet Our New ComEd Energy Force Ambassador, Abby S

The Energy Force Ambassador Program, currently in its 11th year, provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work on skills needed for employment and empowers them to teach the public about energy efficiency. We are so excited to introduce Abby S as the new…

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Growing Up With “Boot,” A Sister Just Like Any Other

Joe Luzadder with his younger siblings, Jack and “Boot”

By Joe Luzadder, Guest Blogger and Sibling

To me, growing up with a little sister with Down syndrome was a blessing. It was also typical, however, because I did not know what it was like to grow up…

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My Sister’s Positive Impact

By Jack Luzadder, Guest Blogger & Sibling

Anna and Jack

Sympathy is almost always the feeling people express when they find out you have a sibling with a disability. Oftentimes they’ll try to relate by giving a hardship they faced while growing up. While the good intentions…

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What Inclusion Means to Us

To mark National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM), JJ’s List joined Down Syndrome International’s inclusion campaign, a global conversation to empower people around the world to advocate for the full inclusion of all people with disabilities in their communities.

Courtesy of Down Syndrome International

We asked several…

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