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The Greatest Showman vs a Disability Awareness Training

By Bill Sitter, Self-Advocate with Autism

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 movie about the life of P.T. Barnum and how he built a circus empire. A key entertainment in his show were individuals called “freaks.” Many of those folks had various types of disabilities.

The…

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The Good Doctor and Autism: A Behavior Analysts’ Perspective

By Amanda Bulgrin, QDIP and ABA Master’s Student

Dr. Shaun Murphy in The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor is one of many medical dramas to hit the airwaves over the past year, however there is something about it that has got people talking. The protagonist, Shaun Murphy,…

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The Good Doctor and Autism: A Self-Advocates’ Perspective

By Bill Sitter, Self-Advocate with Autism

We have come a long way with how we regard people with disabilities. Several years ago there were few, if any, individuals with disabilities on TV.  Today, shows like The Good Doctor are making record ratings. The Good Doctor is…

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Volunteering at ReelAbilities Film Festival

Volunteering at ReelAbilities Film Festival

JJsList.com Social Media Assistant Abbie Volkmann

A blog by Abbie Volkmann

One of my first times as a Disability Awareness Player was in February when we trained a group of filmmakers at Kartemquin Films in Chicago. At the training, our contact at Kartemquin…

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Disability Awareness Players Share Their Experiences With Filmmakers

Last week, our Disability Awareness Players trained a group of filmmakers at Kartemquin Films to be disability aware. In addition to the training, the Players shared their experiences with living with a disability, as well as their thoughts on disability representation in the media. It was…

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The Accountant (An Audit from Someone on the Spectrum)

The movie The Accountant (2016) recently premiered in theaters. The main character was Christian Wolf (Ben Affleck).

The story started off with the challenges that a child faces with being raised with autism. I myself did play with puzzles, absorb myself in limited interests, but thankfully I…

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JJ’slist.com Is In The News!

 

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Last week, we at JJslist.com got TV time when local news station WGN Chicago broadcast a story about our work to build disability awareness. The story featured interviews with a few of our staff members, and a clip from our work…

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Disability in Disney Part 2

I believe it’s important for individuals with disabilities to be represented in the media, especially in films, and a few months ago, I wrote about how Disney portrays individuals with disabilities in a positive light through films like Finding Nemo (2003). Last month, I saw…

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Walking the Streets of Disability Pride

Chicago’s Disability Pride Parade is on Saturday, July 23, 2016, stepping off promptly at 11 a.m.  Hooray!

What does Disability Pride mean to me?  It means being proud to be yourself without fear of being judged.  Being willing to stand up for who you are.  Being…

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Alzheimers Awareness

 

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  5.4 million Americans will face Alzheimer’s and efforts to find a cure are making very slow progress.  But since we focus on actionable feedback on this blog, we’d like to take a moment to talk about our own experiences with…

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