The JJs List Blog

FAQs About Illinois ABLE Accounts

By JJ Hanley, Director, IL ABLE

Since the “Achieving a Better Life Experience” ABLE program launched in Illinois two years ago, people with disabilities have saved more than $4.5 million in their Illinois ABLE accounts for disability-related expenses.

With ABLE accounts, individuals with disabilities and their families…

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Hop on the Bus to Independence!

JJsList.com is excited to continue working together with Pace Suburban Bus in 2019 to offer Hop on the Bus to Independence Workshops!  These FREE workshops help people with disabilities build skills to take public transportation. The Hop Team is already busy scheduling these fun and…

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Devaluing Hindsight as a Parent of a Child with a Disability

By Barb Cohen, Guest Blogger

Photo Courtesy of 123rf.com

What If The Lesson to Learn Is That There Is No Lesson?

Hindsight in parenting rarely accounts for the complexity of the moment.

Suppose your child received feedback on her first assignment in college and called to say, “It turns out I…

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Ride Public Transportation with Confidence (Part 2)

By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach for Pace Suburban Bus

In my last blog, I talked about JJ’s List and Pace Bus’ “Hop on the Bus to Independence” workshop and how it helps build your confidence in riding public transit. To expand on this, I…

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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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