The JJs List Blog

7 Tips to Help You Be A Smart Shopper

Grocery shopping can be a challenge for anyone.  There are many temptations in stores that make it easy to spend over your budget.  Search Inc.’s Ignite participants have been working on building skills needed for greater independence, including how to be a smart shopper. 

Here…

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Devaluing Hindsight as a Parent of a Child with a Disability

By Barb Cohen, Guest Blogger

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 was supposed to…

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Q&A with Joe T

Joe Torricelli

Joe originally found Search through our No Boundaries  program and then connected with our Career Services team. In October 2018, we were able to help him secure his new full-time job as a Pastry Assistant at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines!

We sat down for a short Q&A…

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Ask Adrian Anything … About the Holidays, Voting and More!

Welcome back to another installment of “Ask Adrian Anything.”  This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with one of our No Boundaries participants, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community. This past month people asked asked about Adrian’s…

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Conquering a Fear and Landing on Both Feet

By Sarah Armour, jjslist.com Business Assistant and Self-Advocate

Willis Tower

On October 12th, I had a business meeting at the Willis Tower in Chicago, IL. This made me very anxious because I have panic disorder.  This means taking elevators, trains, buses, airplanes, and being anywhere else 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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Celebrating a Birthday in Style

Becky at Ignite

By Becky Shuman, Ignite Participant

Becky is a participant in the Search, Inc. Ignite program located in our Evanston office. We asked Becky to share her experiences, thoughts, and recommendations about her recent birthday celebration.

Q. When was your birthday?
A. My birthday was October 2nd.

Q. With…

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My Experience with an Internship

By Abbie Volkmann, JJ’s List.com Social Media Assistant and Disability Awareness Player

From January to May of this year, I was the communications intern for Openlands, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that protects and preserves open spaces throughout the Chicago area, from as far north as the…

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Ask Adrian Anything

Adrian Drower

Welcome back to “Ask Adrian Anything!” This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with  one of the No Boundaries participants, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community.  It will be conducted in…

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Using Disability Awareness On The Job at Meijer

By Brian Rohde, JJsList.com Disability Awareness Player, Meijer Employee

Part 2

Read Part 1 of my story here.

Brian Rohde, Self-Advocate and Meijer employee

Thanks to my time with No Boundaries, ComEd, and the Disability Awareness Players, I improved my communication skills, gained self-confidence, and got a part-time job…

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