The JJs List Blog

FAQs About Illinois ABLE Accounts

By JJ Hanley, Director, IL ABLE

Since the “Achieving a Better Life Experience” ABLE program launched in Illinois two years ago, people with disabilities have saved more than $4.5 million in their Illinois ABLE accounts for disability-related expenses.

With ABLE accounts, individuals with disabilities and their families…

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Hop on the Bus to Independence!

JJsList.com is excited to continue working together with Pace Suburban Bus in 2019 to offer Hop on the Bus to Independence Workshops!  These FREE workshops help people with disabilities build skills to take public transportation. The Hop Team is already busy scheduling these fun and…

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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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Equal Access Online Tool Connects People With Disabilities To Jobs

By Pat Maher, Director, Civic Engagement, SPR

Many great organizations, municipalities and companies have committed to improving work and career opportunities for people with disabilities…and yet? The objective truth is that from a participation and employment perspective we haven’t even nudged the needle since statistics have…

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Ride Public Transportation with Confidence (Part 2)

By Ed Madden, Coordinator for Public Outreach for Pace Suburban Bus

In my last blog, I talked about JJ’s List and Pace Bus’ “Hop on the Bus to Independence” workshop and how it helps build your confidence in riding public transit. To expand on this, I…

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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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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing an Autism-Friendly Bedroom

By: Guest Blogger Jenny Wise

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, the place where you go to get away from the world and relax. This is especially true for people with autism, for whom the wider world is often filled with overwhelming stimuli that make it…

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FREE Reviews for Change Workshops!

By Sarah Armour, JJsList.com Business Assistant, Reviews for Change Trainer, & Self-Advocate

We at JJsList.com are so excited to announce that we are offering free Reviews for Change Workshops to agencies and organizations interested in teaching clients with disabilities a new way to self-advocate.

Reviews for Change…

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How Much Can You Work While Receiving Disability Benefits?

By: Rachel Gaffney, Outreach Specialist, Disability Benefits Center

Did you realize that it’s still possible to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits? If you or someone you love would like to return to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it possible for people of…

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5 Steps to a More Accessible Home

By Caitlin Hoff, Health & Safety Investigator

Whether you are adjusting to a newly acquired disability or living with a long-term disability from childhood, having an accessible living space allows you a sense of independence and mobility in your home. Most homes are not built with…

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