The JJs List Blog

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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What I Learned From My Friend, Margo

By Kellena Dunckley, Guest Blogger

Courtesy of coloradohomeandgarden.com

During my starving college years in Boulder, Colorado, one of my jobs was as a live-in caregiver for Margo, a woman with advanced MS. We were quite the team. A bad ski accident had resulted in my having a…

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How to Job Hunt with a Disability During a Pandemic

By Mary Dale Walters, Guest Blogger

Courtesy of brightview.com

Finding a job right now is difficult enough, but when you have a disability, it can seem insurmountable. In May 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 17.9%, and for…

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#SearchSTRONG

By Christine Zanca, Residential Program Manager, Search Inc.

As it became evident that the state would enact a shelter in place order, Search began brainstorming ways to keep people safe. How can we limit COVID exposure for both staff and individuals served? When Search proposed a live-in model, we did…

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Thumbs Up for Our DSPs

Valy Ghiurca and Saul Reed

JJ’s List sat down – masked and socially-distanced – with two Search Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Saul Reed and Valy Ghiurca, to learn about them and hear about their experience of living-in with residents during the stay-at-home order. Below is a…

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Celebrating Our Champions – Trailblazers Virtual Experience

Thank you so much for your continued support of Search!

As you all are aware, we are at the mercy of a pandemic. While we here at Search are making sure that those we serve are among the protected – we have your safety in mind…

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Sharing Quarantine Survival Strategies

By Sarah Armour, Business Assistant, JJ’s List

Courtesy of eiu.eu

These past few weeks have been very scary for all of us. COVID-19 is so scary because you can’t see the virus. Back in December, I heard that we shouldn’t travel internationally. I thought that was crazy…

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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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What Medical Evidence Does Social Security Require?

By Erika Riggs, Esq., Guest Blogger

As a Social Security disability lawyer, my practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and helping them obtain the benefits they deserve. While there are stringent eligibility requirements for obtaining these vital public benefits, the most…

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Tips for the Anxious Traveler

Courtesy of inc.com

By Sarah Armour, JJsList.com Business Assistant

Travel by air can be very stressful for anyone, especially for people who have anxiety. Crowded airports, a lot of stimuli, not having control, and canceled flights, for example, can be overwhelming for someone with anxiety.

Even though I…

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