The JJs List Blog

PAC Makes a Difference in the Lives of People with Disabilities

We recently sat down for a Q&A with Jackie Alfirevic, Production Coordinator at Search, Inc. to find out more about Planet Access Company!

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Q: What is PAC?

Jackie: Planet Access Company (PAC), a social enterprise of Search, Inc, is a third party logistics warehouse and vocational…

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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership – a Q&A with Fellow Molly Wiesman

Mentor Melissa Reishus and Molly Wiesman, 2019 Fellow

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the legacy project of ADA 25 Chicago, a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The mission of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is to increase civic engagement and…

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Promoting Self-Advocacy Through Reviews for Change Workshop

Workshop facilitator, Sarah Armour, assisting Ignite’s Erich

JJslist.com offers FREE Reviews for Change Workshops to agencies and organizations interested in teaching clients with disabilities a new way to self-advocate.

Reviews for Change Workshops, lead by Sarah Armour, Business Assistant at JJslist.com, teach individuals with disabilities how…

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Q&A with Search’s Community Employment Team

At JJslist.com and No Boundaries, we interface with the Search Career Services team quite a bit. We love what they have done for many of our participants and wanted to share their story with our readers. Below is a Q&A with our small, but mighty,…

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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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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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Dance Program Enriches the Lives of People of All Abilities

By Jenny Higgins, JJ’s List Instructor and Dance Instructor

Evanston Dance Ensemble’s J4J Mentors

“Jump for Joy” is a dance program for young people with disabilities that takes place each spring at Dance Center Evanston in Evanston, IL.  Jump for Joy (J4J) began 11 years ago as…

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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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Search Trailblazers 2018 Celebrates 50 Years of Service!

Please join us on Thursday, May 17th for SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2018: Celebrating 50 Years of Service at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago! This exciting evening will celebrate the 50th anniversary of JJ’s List’s parent company, Search, Inc.

Search was founded in 1968, in Cabrini Green, Chicago, to…

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New Beginnings at No Boundaries

Tricia and Stephanie at our Evanston, IL Workplace

This week was a bittersweet one at No Boundaries, as we said goodbye to our No Boundaries Trainer Tricia Luzadder and welcomed our new Trainer Stephanie Minich.  Tricia will begin a full time position as an Employment Consultant with…

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