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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Oh The Places They’ll Go (Using Public Transportation)!

GSB Work Study and Independent Living Classes

Since 2012 JJ’s List and Pace Suburban Bus have been working together to train students and adults with disabilities about fixed route bus transportation. Our workshops are called “Hop on the Bus to Independence” and they are fun, interactive…

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New Addition to No Boundaries!

Jenny Higgins, No Boundaries Trainer

Welcome Jenny!

We are thrilled to introduce Jenny Higgins as the new No Boundaries Trainer.

No Boundaries, Train for Work/Train for Life is a unique program for teens and adults with disabilities that focuses on building and reinforcing skills necessary for independence and employment… Read More >

 

Q&A with Travel Trainer, Kyle

Kyle at work with student on the CTA

JJ’s List recently sat down for an informative Q&A with Kyle, the Travel Trainer for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

Q. What is the CPS’ Transportation/Travel Training Program? And what is your role?

A. The Chicago Public School’s (CPS) Travel…

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Teaching Disability Awareness To A New Generation

Disability Players introducing themselves to the students at Fairview Elementary School

On April 4th, 2018 the Disability Awareness Players led a Disability Awareness Training (DAT) for 540 students and 40 teachers at Fairview Elementary School in Mt. Prospect, IL. The gymnasium was packed with students ranging…

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Benefits of Inclusion

By Tricia Luzadder

Anna showing her Wildcat Pride

My daughter Anna – a 17 year old with Down syndrome – has been included in school since pre-K. Overall it has been a good experience for Anna both academically and socially. However, as the academic gap widened, the…

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Route to Independence: How My Daughter Learned to Take the CTA in Chicago

By Cheryl Bane, Parent 

Last month I got a call telling me that my 20-year-old daughter, Quincy, was going to begin Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Travel Training Program. Gulp. The thought of Quincy taking the city bus completely on her own made me nervous because Quincy…

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Breaking Down Barriers through Disability Awareness Training

Sarah Armour

I have been a Disability Awareness Player for four years. When I first heard of Disability Awareness Trainings, I was skeptical of the whole concept. I thought it was going to be about the law and how people with disabilities are treated poorly. I…

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Self-Advocate Educates Others About Benefits of Public Transportation

Guest Blog by Bridget Brown, Self-Advocate and Disability Advocate

Hop Team with Thornwood High School Students

I am part of a team who teaches students and adults with disabilities about the benefits of riding public transportation and how to do it! I work with Ed from PACE…

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Is Society Progressing in Its Response to Autism?

A Guest Blog by Education Advocate with Special Family Support, Barb Cohen

Barb Cohen, Author of “Mom, Am I Disabled?”

College professors do not call to check in with parents. I had been warned about this aspect of transition repeatedly and anticipated my impending ignorance with both dread and enthusiasm. When…

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