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Losing Season, Winning Team

By Tricia Luzadder, Manager, JJ’s List

Anna at the gate at Gallagher Way

Like many, if not most, Chicago Cubs fans, I was disappointed with the way the 2021 season went for the Northsiders. However, as a disability advocate and parent of a young woman with Down…

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Finding My Purpose

By Ashley Alcantar, Guest Blogger

I thought I was going to be at a completely different stage in my life career-wise than where I am presently, and it is frustrating. It is frustrating because I’m having a “mid-life” crisis at the age of 24 and it’s…

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10 Tips for Respecting People with Disabilities

By Ignite, Evanston

Graphic created by Ignite Participants

July is Disability Pride Month, a time for people with disabilities to celebrate who they are. It is also a time for others to learn how to become better neighbors, colleagues, friends, and acquaintances with people with disabilities whom…

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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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Disability Lead – Inspiring People with Disabilities and Building Leaders

By Brian Rohde, Guest Blogger

Recently, Disability Lead, formerly ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, hosted another webinar in their Power Series highlighting leaders in the community who have disabilities. In this series, Disability Lead hosted Actor and Comedian, Maysoon Ziyad. Maysoon Ziyad told her story about how…

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Ask Adrian About Returning to Life Post-Pandemic

In this installment of “Ask Adrian Anything,” JJ’s List asked Adrain about getting back to “normal” after living with restrictions because of the global pandemic.  Adrian shares his hopes for the future and how he coped during the difficult months of the global pandemic.

What are…

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Autism Acceptance vs Awareness

By Amanda Bulgrin, Program Development Coordinator, Search Inc

This April, autistic self-advocates are calling for change. In the past, the month of April has been observed as Autism Awareness month, but advocates point out it is more effective and necessary to practice Autism Acceptance not just…

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Spotlight on John G

To celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Month, JJ’s List had the chance to spotlight one of our own Disability Awareness Players, John G. We are grateful for John’s willingness to tell us his story and excited to share with our community. John shares stories about independence and…

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10 Tips for Being a Self-Advocate

 

 

Sarah in her home office

Sarah Armour, jjslist.com Business Assistant and Self-Advocate. wrote these helpful self-advocacy tips for NeurodiVERSED, a self-advocacy awareness initiative that Search is taking part in.  What a great way to celebrate Developmental Disabilities…

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