The JJs List Blog

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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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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Q&A with ADA25 Fellow Brian

Brian Rohde with 2020 Fellows

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) turns 30 at the end of July. Throughout the year there will be commemorations of progress in access and inclusion. A legacy of the 25th anniversary of the ADA is the ADA 25 Advancing Leadership….

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“Missing You Always”

Adrian is a No Boundaries participant who often writes the blog series “Ask Adrian Anything”  for JJ’s List.  In lieu of sharing his experiences of living and working independently in the community this month, Adrian has offered to share one of the lovely poems he has…

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Ask Adrian Anything – About Being Quarantined

Welcome back to another installment of “Ask Adrian Anything.” This series gives our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with Adrian, a No Boundaries participant, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community. In light of the stay at home order due…

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Q&A with Abby S.

Adrian D, Abby S, Matt R, and Michaela M

Last month Abby S gave a guided tour of the Search Inc’s  Planet Access Company Warehouse (PAC) – where she works – to her fellow No Boundaries (NB) participants, Matt, Adrian and Michaela and NB Trainer Jenny. Through…

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A Place I Can Call Home

Anton at work

By Anton Gadbois, No Boundaries Participant and Guest Blogger

When I first started working at Hewn in 2014 I was not sure that I would be the right fit for the job. I had experience as a dishwasher, but I was anxious about the…

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Favorite Memories from 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we asked  Ignite and No Boundaries program participants, Disability Awareness Players and staff what their favorite memory of 2019 was. We share some of those with our readers below:  

Sarah with Maine East students

Sarah: My favorite memory was doing the Reviews…

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Ask Adrian Anything – About Employment

Welcome back to another installment of “Ask Adrian Anything.”  This series gives our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with Adrian, a No Boundaries participant, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community. In light of last month’s National Disability Employment Awareness…

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Two Jobs and a Full Life: A Q&A with Matt

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In honor of NDEAM, we wanted to highlight the success of Matthew LaChapelle, a former No Boundaries participant. Matthew has had success with employment and is a great example of what someone with a disability can do. …

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