The JJs List Blog

Exercising Our Rights and Responsibilities

By Jennifer Gledhill, Search Inc Community Inclusion Coordinator

Bobbie after casting her ballot

Of the approximately 4.4 million votes cast in Illinois’ 2018 general election, 30 were cast by residents of Search, Inc.’s group homes. But the journey of those 30 ballots began long before the polls…

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How Much Can You Work While Receiving Disability Benefits?

By: Rachel Gaffney, Outreach Specialist, Disability Benefits Center

Did you realize that it’s still possible to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits? If you or someone you love would like to return to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it possible for people of…

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5 Steps to a More Accessible Home

By Caitlin Hoff, Health & Safety Investigator

Whether you are adjusting to a newly acquired disability or living with a long-term disability from childhood, having an accessible living space allows you a sense of independence and mobility in your home. Most homes are not built with…

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How To Plan A Wheelchair Accessible Road Trip

By Sam Casteris, Accessibility Advocate

Sam Casteris and mom on the road to LA

While public transportation is a great option for travel when you’re venturing out into the city or are travelling by train, there aren’t too many long distance public transportation options out West. In…

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Benefitting from ABLE

Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, and Guest Blogger Bill Sitter

A Guest Blog by Bill Sitter

The ABLE Act, also known as the Achieving Better Life Experience Act, is probably the most important piece of legislation regarding people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act. ABLE

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Hello JJ’s List Community!

Tricia Luzadder, Ventures Program Manager

I am very happy to be writing you from JJ’s List and Search! My name is Tricia Luzadder and I am the new Ventures Programs Manager at Search’s Evanston site. While I am new in this role, I am not entirely…

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New Employment Tool for People With Disabilities

Here at JJsList.com, we champion the inclusion of people with disabilities as customers and as employees, and we believe in standing up for your rights when you have a disability.  Luckily, Equip for Equality has set up a new Employment Rights Helpline. The goal of…

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Wheelchair Bowling:  Do Wheelchairs belong in Bowling Alleys?

A Wheeling, IL Bowling Alley Reportedly Says Wheelchairs Don’t Belong.

Recently, a special education teacher posted a review on JJ’s List.com about Pinheads Jeffery Lanes in Wheeling, IL, saying that the manager denied her a reservation for her school group because the wheels of a wheelchair user…

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6 Things You Need to Know About ABLE

JJsList.com fans know that we are always looking for new ideas that can help people with disabilities fully participate in every part of the community.  We listened to a great webinar put on by the National Disability Institute and want to share 6 basic things…

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Vote to Override Community Disability Living Wage Act Veto!

Today is the day! Support the override of the Community Disability Living Wage Act Veto!

Back in August, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the Community Disability Living Wage Act, weakening efforts to secure a living wage for employees with disabilities. However, today (November 15th), a Fall…

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