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JJ’s List 2022 Recap

This past year, we were thrilled to resume in-person trainings, continue our momentum with virtual offerings and welcome new Disability Awareness Players. As we are nearing the end of the year, we would like to pause and thank our community for their continued support as…

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2023 Will Be an Exciting Year for Pace Riders

New UZURV and taxi options, new low-cost passes, free transfers – and electric buses are coming too!

Edward Madden – Pace Suburban Bus

For riders able to utilize the more convenient, last minute travel option of regular fixed bus routes, Pace is offering new low-cost passes and…

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5 Year Reflection: Visiting the Willis Tower

In October 2018, Sarah, our Visibility Arts and Community Education Assistant, visited the Willis Tower. Now 5 years later, Sarah reflects on her experience.

Q: Do you have any reflections on your experience at the Willis Tower in 2018?

A: I still feel proud of what I…

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Katy W – Employee of the Month Blog

JJ’s List and Search Inc are so proud of Katy W for reaching her personal goal for 2022 and for being named Employee-of-the-Month!

Katy W

Sarah, Katy’s Job Coach, shared, “From the time of her interview to the present, the Chili’s management team and servers have…

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What’s Your Favorite Way to Ride Pace?

By Edward Madden – Pace Suburban Bus

Affordable and accessible transit options

In addition to ADA paratransit service, Pace, CTA, and Metra operate several accessible transit services.

Fixed Route Bus Service

For senior citizens and people with disabilities, fixed route is a less expensive way to get around your…

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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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Embracing Disability in the Workplace: Tips to Make Your Workplace Disability-Inclusive

By Diane Royanto, Guest Blogger

Did you know that more than one billion people live with some form of disability? That’s a lot of potential employees! Unfortunately, many businesses have yet to embrace disability inclusion in their workplace. This is despite the fact that doing so…

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NDEAM 2021: Spotlight on Bridget Brown and Pace Suburban Bus

By Bridget Brown, Self-Advocate

My name is Bridget and I am a self-advocate who works on behalf of Pace Suburban Bus

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and it is a perfect time to talk about how taking the bus and transportation is the key…

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Welcome Back Pace Riders!

By Edward Madden – Pace Suburban Bus

The Covid-19 pandemic has been very challenging for all of us and public transportation was hit particularly hard.  In Spring 2020, Pace’s ridership dropped to as low as 30% of 2019 levels and many of our fixed routes were…

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Your Story is Your Legacy: The Intersection of Disabled and Queer Identity

By: Melanie Ausbrook, Adult Learning Program Manager, Search Inc

Both neurodiversity and queerness/sexual identity are often viewed as spectrums. The Kinsey Scale places sexual identity on a continuum with no person being totally ‘straight’ or ‘gay.’ Similarly, autism is defined as a spectrum disorder with no…

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