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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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Breaking Down Barriers through Disability Awareness Training

Sarah Armour

I have been a Disability Awareness Player for four years. When I first heard of Disability Awareness Trainings, I was skeptical of the whole concept. I thought it was going to be about the law and how people with disabilities are treated poorly. I…

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How I Helped Others By Sharing My Past

04/02/15 - Uncategorized - 4 Comments

In January,  I had one of the most amazing experiences in recent memory! I spoke about my panic disorder to a fifth grade class at my old grade school, Joseph Sears School.  I was asked to speak by the Center for Independent Futures, an organization…

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Top 5 Businesses at Access Chicago Expo

On Thursday, July 17th, I attended the Access Chicago Expo hosted by Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities at Navy Pier in Chicago.  Philister Sidigu and I represented the jjslist.com team at the Search, Inc. booth with Jessica Leighton and Ken Bellis. We shared our…

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Tiny Catalyst Changes Hollywood

On Sunday, March 16, 2014 the Paralympics ended in Sochi, Russia, but one athlete went from the Paralympics to the dance floor. Recently, Amy Purdy, a double-amputee joined this season’s cast of “Dancing With the Stars”.  As a person with a disability, I was excited that…

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Group Homes Versus Institutions In Illinois

The state of Illinois has long been behind in serving people with disabilities. A recent article by Karen Meyers titled “Illinois Family Choosing Group Homes Over Institutions” highlights the complex issues of transitioning adults with disabilities from institutions to group homes.

Four years ago Illinois had…

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Emma’s Squeaky Shoes: A Disability Awareness Business Story

An article titled “Restaurant Apologizes After Child With Disability Asked to Remove Shoes” written by Today.com contributor Kirthana Ramisetti, January 14, 2014, tells of a mother standing up for her child.  Catherine Duke and her two daughters, Ana and Emma, recently went to Panera Bread

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People with Disabilities and Seniors: The Connection

On Thursday and Friday, October 3rd – 4th, the JJ’s List Disability Awareness Players did a Disability Awareness Training for the staff at North Shore Senior Center in Northfield, IL. This was the first time the JJ’s List Disability Awareness Players had facilitated a training for…

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Matt, Brett and Allissa, our Volunterns at their computers at JJ's List

Professionals donate time to coach our volunterns with disabilities

12/19/12 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments


JJ’s List just completed its first 8-week Voluntern Program, where five individuals with disabilities worked weekly to build their Internet and professional business skills at the JJ’s List office.

Each was paired with one of our Voluntern Coaches, who came from various professional backgrounds and had…

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