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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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Volunteering at ReelAbilities Film Festival

Volunteering at ReelAbilities Film Festival

JJsList.com Social Media Assistant Abbie Volkmann

A blog by Abbie Volkmann

One of my first times as a Disability Awareness Player was in February when we trained a group of filmmakers at Kartemquin Films in Chicago. At the training, our contact at Kartemquin…

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Benefitting from ABLE

Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer, and Guest Blogger Bill Sitter

A Guest Blog by Bill Sitter

The ABLE Act, also known as the Achieving Better Life Experience Act, is probably the most important piece of legislation regarding people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act. ABLE

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Building Skills While Following My Passion

By Brian Rohde, ComEd Ambassador

ComEd’s Paula Conrad, Michele Ptasik, Anne Pramaggiore & ComEd Ambassador Brian Rohde

On Wednesday August 23rd, I attended the ComEd Key Managers Meeting at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL. There were between 150-200 ComEd and Exelon employees and managers in attendance…

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6 Money Management Tips When You Receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

6 Money Management Tips When You Receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

A guest blog by Maricel Tabalba

If you’re receiving SSDI payments due to a disability, you understand how crucial it is to have some type of plan so that you can make every dollar of…

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Make Your Summer Camp Great for Kids with Disabilities

Tips to Make Your Summer Camp a Disability-Aware Business
A Guest Blog by Alex Robbins

Singing songs, performing skits, roasting marshmallows over a fire to make s’mores, and of course, forming new friendships with fellow campers:  these are just a few of the most memorable aspects that children…

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Julia on Sesame Street and the Disability Awareness Players

A guest blog by Bill Sitter

At JJsList.com we always say, “When you have met one person with a disability, you have met one person with a disability.” It’s all about focusing on the person as an individual who is part of a group rather than as an…

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4 Tips for Getting the Best Healthcare for Your Disability

A guest blog by Diamond Grant

When you have a disability, you sometimes need very specific care which may require more frequent doctor visits and help from specialists who are familiar with your condition. The process of keeping up with so much can quickly become confusing, and…

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I Started Taking the Public Bus…

…instead of Paratransit
By Alex Tello, No Boundaries Participant

Alex with timetable

I decided to start taking the public bus instead of Paratransit or a ride from my family because I knew I could learn and I wanted to be more independent.  It makes me happy!

Before I started…

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The Benefits of a Job Coach – A Perspective from a Person with a Disability

From my own experience, I can tell you having a job coach was critical part of my personal and professional growth.  In order to demonstrate this, I will cite examples of my time at Target and my time at an internship with the Illinois State…

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