The JJs List Blog

Empowering Self-Advocates Through Education, Experience and Discussion

Courtesy of hoover.org

By Jennifer Gledhill, Community Integration Coordinator, Search, Inc.

Q: How, in 2020, does a non-profit agency serving adults with intellectual disabilities conduct voter education classes without injecting any personal bias into the narrative?

Courtesy of connectionspittsburgh.com

A: By listening to the candidates’ own words, of course.

In…

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Advocating for Disability Inclusion in Elections

By Brian Rohde, Self-Advocate

Stacey Abrams, Courtesy of kpbs.org

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the host of the Disability Power Series, in-depth group discussions with influential people that empower people with disabilities. As a 2020 Fellow, I had the privilege of attending a discussion on voter suppression…

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Your Health & Safety is Our Top Concern

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

Pace Bus’ top priority remains the safety of our passengers and personnel. Pace is a vital service that provides crucial transportation access for the communities we serve, including transportation for many essential workers traveling to and…

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Brian’s 3 Top Energy Tips

By Brian Rohde, Search Inc’s Energy Force Ambassador and former No Boundaries participant

The ComEd Energy Force Ambassador Program was the country’s first energy-efficiency education program taught by people with disabilities. This program benefits the public, as well as the Ambassadors.

Brian Rohde, ComEd Energy Force Ambassador for…

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What I Learned From My Friend, Margo

By Kellena Dunckley, Guest Blogger

Courtesy of coloradohomeandgarden.com

During my starving college years in Boulder, Colorado, one of my jobs was as a live-in caregiver for Margo, a woman with advanced MS. We were quite the team. A bad ski accident had resulted in my having a…

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How to Job Hunt with a Disability During a Pandemic

By Mary Dale Walters, Guest Blogger

Courtesy of brightview.com

Finding a job right now is difficult enough, but when you have a disability, it can seem insurmountable. In May 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 17.9%, and for…

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#SearchSTRONG

By Christine Zanca, Residential Program Manager, Search Inc.

As it became evident that the state would enact a shelter in place order, Search began brainstorming ways to keep people safe. How can we limit COVID exposure for both staff and individuals served? When Search proposed a live-in model, we did…

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Calling All Leaders

Courtesy ADA25 Advancing Leadership

If you are a civically impassioned leader with a visible, invisible, or acquired disability who lives in the Chicago region, then listen up: we have the perfect network for you! ADA 25 Advancing Leadership—a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that fosters power and influence…

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Sharing Quarantine Survival Strategies

By Sarah Armour, Business Assistant, JJ’s List

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These past few weeks have been very scary for all of us. COVID-19 is so scary because you can’t see the virus. Back in December, I heard that we shouldn’t travel internationally. I thought that was crazy…

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Covid-19 Information from Green Mountain Self-Advocates and SARTAC

By Green Mountain Self-Advocates,  a partner of Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

What is COVID-19?
• It is a new illness spreading around the world.
• It’s nickname is coronavirus.

How do you get it?
• Someone with COVID-19 gives you their germs.
• When they cough or sneeze, their…

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