The JJs List Blog

The Greatest Showman vs a Disability Awareness Training

By Bill Sitter, Self-Advocate with Autism

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 movie about the life of P.T. Barnum and how he built a circus empire. A key entertainment in his show were individuals called “freaks.” Many of those folks had various types of disabilities.

The…

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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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Ride Public Transportation with Confidence

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

We are all aware of the necessities of life: air, water, food, sports. I’m joking about the sports, of course, but I think that we should add transportation to this list as well.

Experiential Learning with Bridget…

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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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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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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 lead 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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Celebrating 25 Years of Work

By Sheila Hebein, Parent & Advocate

Chris at work at Evanston Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston

On April 26, 2018, my son Chris celebrated his 25th Anniversary working as a Mail Clerk at Rotary International’s World Headquarters in Evanston, IL. He has been working there since high…

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Self-Care: First Aid for Depression

Sarah Armour

By: Sarah Armour, Self-Advocate

I had a rough time during the holidays and winter months that resulted in depression. Having depression stinks so much! When I am depressed, I feel like nothing in life really matters. It feels like a dark cloud even when fun…

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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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