The JJs List Blog

Emma’s Squeaky Shoes: A Disability Awareness Business Story

An article titled “Restaurant Apologizes After Child With Disability Asked to Remove Shoes” written by Today.com contributor Kirthana Ramisetti, January 14, 2014, tells of a mother standing up for her child.  Catherine Duke and her two daughters, Ana and Emma, recently went to Panera Bread

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Disabilities In Film: Becoming Bulletproof Raises Questions At Good Pitch

Photo by James Richards

Last week, we had the privilege and honor of being invited to the first-ever Good Pitch Chicago, an amazing day-long event where celebrities can be spotted and documentary filmmakers pitch their films in hopes of getting funding. Enriching?  Yes! Enlightening? No doubt!

Good…

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Social Security Administration Says “No” to the R-word

Three years after Obama signed Rosa’s Law, the SSA will replace “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability.”

This move by The Social Security Administration to use appropriate terminology in its communications is a response to pressure from many in the disability community, including JJ’s List to change…

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[How-To Video] Getting Around on Pace: Staying Safe and Smart on the Bus

Fresh from the oven is the third of our four-part instructional video series starring disability advocates Tim Finnegan and Bridget Brown. This time, they cover the basics of:

What to do if you feel worried by yourself on the bus
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[How To Video] Getting Around on Pace Bus: Waiting For and Getting On The Bus

In the second of our series of four instructional videos, advocates Tim Finnegan and Bridget Brown give you the basics on how to:

Identify the correct bus stop and bus
What to do if the bus is delayed
Using the RTA Travel Information Hotline as a resource
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Behind The Scenes: Video Production Set for Pace Bus Instructional Video Series

The ability to take public transportation is a crucial part of independent living. For many people with disabilities, anxiety and lack of training are barriers to taking the bus or train.
Getting Around On Pace

JJ’s List is excited to be working with Pace Suburban Bus on…

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woman with long hair using audio description device in a theater

Audio Description and Documentary Film

Movies play a big role in many of our lives. For the 1 in 30 Americans who are blind or have visual impairments, audio descriptions make a world of difference.

Making media accessible means providing the support needed for people of all abilities to enjoy it…

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PSA for Disability with Eric Edling

PSA for Disability

Eric Edling, a disability activist and wheelchair user with Spina Bifida, recently sent is a PSA for Disability that he created with some friends. According to him, the video is about Disability being just part of the diversity of the world, and not something to…

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Connecticut School Shooting. Man in newtown jacket mourns

Don’t Blame Newtown Shooting on Autism

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With this month’s horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the town of almost 30,000 citizens mourned and grieved the loss of 26 people; 20 of whom were children around the ages of seven to ten….

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American Girl Doll with Hearing Aid

Dolls that Embrace Disabilities and Differences

Okay, I admit. Even though I grew up as a little tomboy who never played with dolls, coming across these new American Girl dolls that embrace disabilities and differences has got me excited!

Did you know that among the accessories available are crutches, a wheelchair, a…

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