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People with Disabilities Count, too! Census 2020

Courtesy of charlestonchronicle.net

The 2020 Census is about to begin. In fact, starting in January, the census will begin counting people in remote parts of Alaska.

The census is a short questionnaire that asks about who you are and where you live. It’s the way to count…

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Disability Employment in the News for NDEAM!

We are excited to share that Search, the parent company of JJ’s List, has been featured twice in the news this October for NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month)!

Search CEO Beth Valukas was interviewed on the The Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand on WGN…

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Two Jobs and a Full Life: A Q&A with Matt

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In honor of NDEAM, we wanted to highlight the success of Matthew LaChapelle, a former No Boundaries participant. Matthew has had success with employment and is a great example of what someone with a disability can do. …

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Equal Access Online Tool Connects People With Disabilities To Jobs

By Pat Maher, Director, Civic Engagement, SPR

Many great organizations, municipalities and companies have committed to improving work and career opportunities for people with disabilities…and yet? The objective truth is that from a participation and employment perspective we haven’t even nudged the needle since statistics have…

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The Greatest Show on Earth 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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