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Why Growing Your Support Network Is a Must for Caregivers of Disabled Adults

By Beth Rush, Guest Blogger

Western culture celebrates independence almost to a fault. To many Americans, being self-reliant represents strength of character. Of all the cultural myths you grow up hearing, this one couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s rarely a good idea to go…

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What Disability Pride Means to Us

July is Disability Pride Month, a time for people with disabilities to celebrate their disabilities as integral parts of who they are; raise awareness; promote inclusion and belonging; to lift up the disability community.

This year, JJ’s List is joining the greater disability community in the…

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What’s Your Favorite Way to Ride Pace?

By Edward Madden – Pace Suburban Bus

Affordable and accessible transit options

In addition to ADA paratransit service, Pace, CTA, and Metra operate several accessible transit services.

Fixed Route Bus Service

For senior citizens and people with disabilities, fixed route is a less expensive way to get around your…

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Celebrating Juneteenth at Search

By Martina Conley, Community Life Coordinator, Search Inc

Juneteenth, aka Freedom Day, is a federal holiday commemorating the freedom of enslaved African Americans. The holiday was signed into federal law by President Joe Biden on June 17, 2021. Juneteenth is celebrated across the country with classes, picnics,…

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10 Tips for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

By Sarah Armour, Business Assistant, JJ’s List

Courtesy of www2.illinois.gov

According to the World Health Organization, the Covid-19 pandemic that we’ve been dealing with for the past two years triggered “…a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide.” Social isolation – having to isolate…

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Building Community Connections

Visibility Artists Jimmy and John with City Elementary students

Earlier this month, our Search Inc. Visibility Arts Artists volunteered their time and talent to mentor the students at City Elementary, a private specialty school in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

City Elementary was founded by a small group…

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National Access Pass Provides Opportunities Nationwide

By Tricia Luzadder, JJ’s List

After two years of staying put because of Covid, the seemingly endless cold weather, and general antsiness (as we’ve been living in an apartment while our house is under construction), our family decided to travel outside of Illinois for our daughter’s…

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Meet Our New ComEd Energy Force Ambassador, Abby S

The Energy Force Ambassador Program, currently in its 11th year, provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work on skills needed for employment and empowers them to teach the public about energy efficiency. We are so excited to introduce Abby S as the new…

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Growing Up With “Boot,” A Sister Just Like Any Other

Joe Luzadder with his younger siblings, Jack and “Boot”

By Joe Luzadder, Guest Blogger and Sibling

To me, growing up with a little sister with Down syndrome was a blessing. It was also typical, however, because I did not know what it was like to grow up…

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My Sister’s Positive Impact

By Jack Luzadder, Guest Blogger & Sibling

Anna and Jack

Sympathy is almost always the feeling people express when they find out you have a sibling with a disability. Oftentimes they’ll try to relate by giving a hardship they faced while growing up. While the good intentions…

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