The JJs List Blog

Devaluing Hindsight as a Parent of a Child with a Disability

By Barb Cohen, Guest Blogger

What If The Lesson to Learn Is That There Is No Lesson?

Hindsight in parenting rarely accounts for the complexity of the moment.

Suppose your child received feedback on her first assignment in college and called to say, “It turns out I was supposed to…

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Equal Access Online Tool Connects People With Disabilities To Jobs

By Pat Maher, Director, Civic Engagement, SPR

Many great organizations, municipalities and companies have committed to improving work and career opportunities for people with disabilities…and yet? The objective truth is that from a participation and employment perspective we haven’t even nudged the needle since statistics have…

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Q&A with Joe T

Joe Torricelli

Joe originally found Search through our No Boundaries  program and then connected with our Career Services team. In October 2018, we were able to help him secure his new full-time job as a Pastry Assistant at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines!

We sat down for a short Q&A…

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Ride Public Transportation with Confidence (Part 2)

By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach for Pace Suburban Bus

In my last blog, I talked about JJ’s List and Pace Bus’ “Hop on the Bus to Independence” workshop and how it helps build your confidence in riding public transit. To expand on this, I…

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Ask Adrian Anything … About the Holidays, Voting and More!

Welcome back to another installment of “Ask Adrian Anything.”  This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with one of our No Boundaries participants, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community. This past month people asked asked about Adrian’s…

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Conquering a Fear and Landing on Both Feet

By Sarah Armour, jjslist.com Business Assistant and Self-Advocate

Willis Tower

On October 12th, I had a business meeting at the Willis Tower in Chicago, IL. This made me very anxious because I have panic disorder.  This means taking elevators, trains, buses, airplanes, and being anywhere else I…

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Exercising Our Rights and Responsibilities

By Jennifer Gledhill, Search Inc Community Inclusion Coordinator

Bobbie after casting her ballot

Of the approximately 4.4 million votes cast in Illinois’ 2018 general election, 30 were cast by residents of Search, Inc.’s group homes. But the journey of those 30 ballots began long before the polls…

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Oh The Places They’ll Go (Using Public Transportation)!

GSB Work Study and Independent Living Classes

Since 2012 JJ’s List and Pace Suburban Bus have been working together to train students and adults with disabilities about fixed route bus transportation. Our workshops are called “Hop on the Bus to Independence” and they are fun, interactive…

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Ask Adrian Anything

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Welcome back to the second installment of “Ask Adrian Anything.”  This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with one of the No Boundaries participants, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community.  It will be conducted in…

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing an Autism-Friendly Bedroom

By: Guest Blogger Jenny Wise

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, the place where you go to get away from the world and relax. This is especially true for people with autism, for whom the wider world is often filled with overwhelming stimuli that make it…

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