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10 Tips for Respecting People with Disabilities

By Ignite, Evanston

Graphic created by Ignite Participants

July is Disability Pride Month, a time for people with disabilities to celebrate who they are. It is also a time for others to learn how to become better neighbors, colleagues, friends, and acquaintances with people with disabilities whom…

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Search Announces Launch of NeurodiVERSED: A Neurodiversity Awareness Initiative

Search is excited to announce the launch of NeurodiVERSED, a new self-advocate driven awareness initiative. NeurodiVERSED, an Evanston Cultural Grant Fund project, was born from the need to create a platform for individuals with disabilities and mental health conditions to share their voices and further…

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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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Sharing Quarantine Survival Strategies

By Sarah Armour, Business Assistant, JJ’s List

Courtesy of eiu.eu

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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What Medical Evidence Does Social Security Require?

By Erika Riggs, Esq., Guest Blogger

As a Social Security disability lawyer, my practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and helping them obtain the benefits they deserve. While there are stringent eligibility requirements for obtaining these vital public benefits, the most…

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Tips for the Anxious Traveler

Courtesy of inc.com

By Sarah Armour, JJsList.com Business Assistant

Travel by air can be very stressful for anyone, especially for people who have anxiety. Crowded airports, a lot of stimuli, not having control, and canceled flights, for example, can be overwhelming for someone with anxiety.

Even though I…

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Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Courtesy of healthyplace.com

By Sarah Armour, Michaela Moran and Matt Rizzo

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time of year. However, we often get overwhelmed and stressed out over the things we want to do and/or are expected to do, such as shopping, gift wrapping,…

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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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Alzheimers Awareness

 

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  5.4 million Americans will face Alzheimer’s and efforts to find a cure are making very slow progress.  But since we focus on actionable feedback on this blog, we’d like to take a moment to talk about our own experiences with…

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People With Disabilities Are Not Recognized by Police

Complaints about police brutality have gotten more and more press in recent years. Thanks to social media and the prevalence of cameras, it’s easy to capture these moments. Police ineptness has also played a role in these incidents. But in recent years, there are other…

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