The JJs List Blog

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

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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Q&A with Ignite Participant and Disability Awareness Player, Henry Davis

 

Henry Davis

We were thrilled to hear that Henry Davis was hired by the Jewel store on Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Henry is a Disability Awareness Player and attends the Search, Inc. Ignite program, located at our Evanston office. He is very excited to be working…

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Celebrating a Birthday in Style

Becky at Ignite

By Becky Shuman, Ignite Participant

Becky is a participant in the Search, Inc. Ignite program located in our Evanston office. We asked Becky to share her experiences, thoughts, and recommendations about her recent birthday celebration.

Q. When was your birthday?
A. My birthday was October 2nd.

Q. With…

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Ask Adrian Anything

Adrian Drower

Welcome back to “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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New Addition to No Boundaries!

Jenny Higgins, No Boundaries Trainer

Welcome Jenny!

We are thrilled to introduce Jenny Higgins as the new No Boundaries Trainer.

No Boundaries, Train for Work/Train for Life is a unique program for teens and adults with disabilities that focuses on building and reinforcing skills necessary for independence and employment… Read More >

 

Using Disability Awareness On The Job at Meijer

By Brian Rohde, JJsList.com Disability Awareness Player, Meijer Employee

Part 2

Read Part 1 of my story here.

Brian Rohde, Self-Advocate and Meijer employee

Thanks to my time with No Boundaries, ComEd, and the Disability Awareness Players, I improved my communication skills, gained self-confidence, and got a part-time job…

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