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What the Heck is Person First Language?

Simply put, person-first language is a way of talking with or about disability that focuses on the person first and the disability second, if at all.  It’s easy! And it makes a difference in effectively connecting with your co-workers and employees who have disabilities.  

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Deaf Students Learn to Take Public Transportation

Bridget at one of the Hop on the Bus Trainings

When a class of deaf and hard of hearing students boarded a public bus recently, they got a surprise.  Bridget, a disability self-advocate, who was there to train them spoke her lines in sign language!

The students…

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Forest Preserves of Cook County Learns About Disability Awareness

Last week was a busy one for our Disability Awareness Players as they did not one, but THREE trainings for the Forest Preserves of Cook County at the Brookfield Zoo. Everyone had a great two days, and even got to spend some time at the…

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Glencoe Illinois School District Gets Disability Awareness Educated

When the JJ’s List.com Disability Awareness Players trained Glencoe Schools in Glencoe, IL. to be disability aware, they were helping teachers, administrators and teachers assistants build the knowledge they want and need to educate future generations in how to communicate comfortably and confidently with people…

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Disability Awareness Players Visit a Comcast Meeting

Last week, our Disability Awareness Players were special guests at a Comcast meeting at Pinstripes in Oak Park, Illinois. Everyone was actively engaged, and we received a lot of positive feedback, such as this quote from an audience member:

“Truly enjoyed this experience! You all did…

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Lyric Opera Gets Disability Aware Trained

Yesterday, our Disability Awareness Players visited the Lyric Opera in Chicago to train their staff on how to be Disability Aware. Here’s what one of the audience members had to say of the Training:

“So engaging! I’m so inspired by your work and assistance!”

We’re looking forward to…

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Gets Disability Awareness Trained

The Disability Awareness Players visited the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events the other day to successfully train its staff members to be Disability Aware. Everyone enjoyed the Training, and we received a lot of positive feedback. Here’s what one audience member had to…

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Goodman Theatre Gets Disability Trained

Our Disability Awareness Players completed yet another successful Disability Awareness Training at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Everyone was actively involved, and we received a lot of positive feedback, such as this quote from one of the audience members:

“This takes away some of the concerns…

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I Started Taking the Public Bus…

…instead of Paratransit
By Alex Tello, No Boundaries Participant

Alex with timetable

I decided to start taking the public bus instead of Paratransit or a ride from my family because I knew I could learn and I wanted to be more independent.  It makes me happy!

Before I started…

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“It Opened My Eyes.”

Municipal Employees get Trained

Officer in training

Asked how a Disability Awareness Training would help others in business, employees of the Village of Northfield, IL said the experience would be, “good for first responders,” and “at restaurants and stores for better customer service.”

And they should know because they…

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