The JJs List Blog

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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Oh The Places They’ll Go (Using Public Transportation)!

GSB Work Study and Independent Living Classes

Since 2012 JJ’s List and Pace Suburban Bus have been working together to train students and adults with disabilities about fixed route bus transportation. Our workshops are called “Hop on the Bus to Independence” and they are fun, interactive…

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Ask Adrian Anything

Welcome back to the second installment of “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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From “Earth Child” to the Internet Age: 50 Years of Search

In 2018, Search, Inc. celebrates 50 years of service to individuals with disabilities, their families and the broader community. 

Search got its start in 1968 as a grassroots movement of parents in the Cabrini Green neighborhood of Chicago advocating for the inclusion of their children into…

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Benefits of Inclusion

By Tricia Luzadder

Anna showing her Wildcat Pride

My daughter Anna – a 17 year old with Down syndrome – has been included in school since pre-K. Overall it has been a good experience for Anna both academically and socially. However, as the academic gap widened, the…

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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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Self-Care: First Aid for Depression

Sarah Armour

By: Sarah Armour, Self-Advocate

I had a rough time during the holidays and winter months that resulted in depression. Having depression stinks so much! When I am depressed, I feel like nothing in life really matters. It feels like a dark cloud even when fun…

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Route to Independence: How My Daughter Learned to Take the CTA in Chicago

By Cheryl Bane, Parent 

Last month I got a call telling me that my 20-year-old daughter, Quincy, was going to begin Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Travel Training Program. Gulp. The thought of Quincy taking the city bus completely on her own made me nervous because Quincy…

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The Good Doctor and Autism: A Behavior Analysts’ Perspective

By Amanda Bulgrin, QDIP and ABA Master’s Student

Dr. Shaun Murphy in The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor is one of many medical dramas to hit the airwaves over the past year, however there is something about it that has got people talking. The protagonist, Shaun Murphy,…

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