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National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2024

Every year in March, we celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). DDAM raises awareness for developmental disabilities and works to build a community where everyone is empowered to succeed, both people with and without disabilities. This year’s theme is a World of Opportunities, celebrating…

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Action Alert: Stop the Elimination of Direct Support Professional Hours

Update as of 1/25/2024: Thanks to your advocacy, the Illinois Department of Human Services – Developmental Disabilities Division (DHS-DDD) has decided not to move forward with funding cuts to Direct Support Professional hours, and will keep the current rate reimbursement structure until July 1, 2024….

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JJ’s List 2023 Recap

Looking back on this past year, our JJ’s List team is so grateful for all that we have accomplished. Thank all of our amazing partners who made this year’s successes possible! Our Disability Awareness Trainings trained many organizations throughout Chicagoland in 2023, including the Museum…

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Happy Holidays from JJ’s List

In the spirit of the holidays, we asked our Ignite group at Search and our Disability Awareness Players what they are grateful for and their favorite holiday music and movies. Read their responses below:

What are you most grateful for this year?

Ignite Group

Abby: I am grateful… Read More >

 

Thanksgiving Favorites with the Disability Awareness Players

The holiday season is officially here! We talked to our Disability Awareness Players about what they are grateful for this year, their favorite holiday traditions and more. Read their responses below. 

What are you most grateful for this year?

Brian: I am most grateful that I am… Read More >

 

Summer Highlights

Ignite, one of our Search Day programs, went on many adventures this summer. They explored the Chicagoland area by going to plays, movies, restaurants, beaches and more. They are excited to share their experience and they had so much fun! Read on to hear more…

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Navigating the Changing Landscape of I/DD Services with Greg Petersen

Within the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) sector, the last few years have witnessed a surge of transformative changes in Illinois. This month, our team had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Petersen, Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Alliance, to gain valuable insights into the recent…

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Pride Month: Reflection, Connection, and Celebration!

By Beth Ann Kimura

Pride month is bittersweet for LGBTQIA+ community. It is a time of rememberance for what occurred during the Stonewall riots and discrimation that our community has faced. It is a time to recognize the pain and limitations our community continues to face….

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Celebrating Juneteenth at Search

By Princess Porter

June 19, 1865 commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Although slavery is not discussed in history classes, being able to educate the clients about a significant historical event was exciting.

Surprisingly, Juneteenth is not as well-known as the Fourth of July…

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Mental Health Awareness and Today’s Perspective

By Beth Ann Kimura and Angela Reynolds

If it feels like there are days you are always talking about mental health with your close ones, it is most likely you are not the only one. The conversation of mental health and self-care have been at the…

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