The JJs List Blog

My Experience with an Internship

By Abbie Volkmann, JJ’s List.com Social Media Assistant and Disability Awareness Player

From January to May of this year, I was the communications intern for Openlands, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that protects and preserves open spaces throughout the Chicago area, from as far north as the…

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The Greatest Show on Earth vs a Disability Awareness Training

By Bill Sitter, Self-Advocate with Autism

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 movie about the life of P.T. Barnum and how he built a circus empire. A key entertainment in his show were individuals called “freaks.” Many of those folks had various types of disabilities.

The…

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How Much Can You Work While Receiving Disability Benefits?

By: Rachel Gaffney, Outreach Specialist, Disability Benefits Center

Did you realize that it’s still possible to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits? If you or someone you love would like to return to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it possible for people of…

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Q and A with Quincy: Learning to Ride the Bus Independently

Quincy, Lincoln Park High School student

JJ’s List recently interviewed Lincoln Park High School student Quincy Bane about how she learned to use public transportation. Quincy learned how to use the bus with the help of her Travel Trainer, Kyle. Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Travel Training…

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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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Get Ready for Taste of Evanston

Mark your calendars for Taste of Evanston! This event will combine food, entertainment, and raffles to support local organizations such as No Boundaries that provide assistance to individuals who are looking for jobs. The event will be held on July 9th from 4-7 pm at…

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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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Kicking Off the Taste of Evanston

Matt and John with Rotarians

Recently, participants John Doetsch and Matt LaChapelle were guest speakers at a meeting of the Evanston Lighthouse Lighthouse Rotary Club (ELRC) to help kick off the Rotary’s upcoming Taste of Evanston. The July 9 event at the historic Dawes House will benefit…

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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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Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow

Disability Awareness Players Build Diversity and Inclusion

When we started training companies and organizations to welcome customers and employees with disabilities through disability awareness, we didn’t realize that the Players were helping to plant the seed for something equally important: including people with disabilities in volunteerism…

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