The JJs List Blog

Could This Be Game-Changing Autism Research?

Assistant Professor Alysson Muotri, UC San Diego

Recently, an article by NBC San Diego entitled “UC San Diego Autism Research Described as ‘Game Changer’” has come to our attention. Researchers at UC San Diego have taken stem cells from children with autism and converted them into…

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Cindy Walker sailing

Sail On Cindy Walker

Cindy Walker and Ryan Porteous

With spring upon us and summer around the corner, it is only natural to turn our focus the Summer Paralympics as we continue our blog series about athletes with disabilities.  Welcome our spotlight athlete, Cindy Walker! Cindy, a Paralympic sailor out…

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Autism On The Job: Really?

SAP employees Patrick Brophy, right, and coach David Sweeney. Ciaran Dolan for The Wall Street Journal

Recently, an article in The Wall Street Journal came to our attention. While it is a step in the right direction, we do have a couple of issues with the…

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Tiny Catalyst Changes Hollywood

On Sunday, March 16, 2014 the Paralympics ended in Sochi, Russia, but one athlete went from the Paralympics to the dance floor. Recently, Amy Purdy, a double-amputee joined this season’s cast of “Dancing With the Stars”.  As a person with a disability, I was excited that…

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I/DD Month

March Is Our Month: Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

March is Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  (I/DD) Month, and The Arc is promoting it all across the United States.  On Saturday, March 29, 2014, The Arc is asking people with disabilities, their friends and family to go out in the community and do activities that people enjoy doing…

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Sled Hockey

Sochi Paralympics Ends: Love For New Sport Begins

Although the Sochi Paralympics have ended, the excitement continues for many of the sports featured in Sochi. We’ve kept our eyes on the events this winter and one sport we were really excited about is sled hockey! Played like regular hockey but with a few…

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Sexuality and Disability

Danielle Sheypuk

Model Danielle Sheypuk hit the runway of Carrie Hammer’s show at Fashion Week on February 6th in New York City wearing a striking black dress and beige pump heels; Her blonde hair was flowing and she sported a beautiful smile. Sounds like any other…

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Polar Plunge: Taking An Icy Dip for A Good Cause

Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Rham Emanuel Take the Polar Plunge

Last week, we gave you a list of five American Paralympic athletes to watch, but what about the Olympics closer to home?

This past weekend, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon jumped into the icy Lake Michigan…

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5 Athletes to Watch at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games

It’s that time again. The time when the best athletes in the world gather in one place to celebrate the best aspects of sport and humanity. Yes, it’s the Olympics–Winter Olympics, of course. But it’s not just the regular Olympics we’re interested in. We’ve got…

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Wheelchair

Group Homes Versus Institutions In Illinois

The state of Illinois has long been behind in serving people with disabilities. A recent article by Karen Meyers titled “Illinois Family Choosing Group Homes Over Institutions” highlights the complex issues of transitioning adults with disabilities from institutions to group homes.

Four years ago Illinois had…

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