The JJs List Blog

Advocating for Disability Inclusion in Elections

By Brian Rohde, Self-Advocate

Stacey Abrams, Courtesy of kpbs.org

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the host of the Disability Power Series, in-depth group discussions with influential people that empower people with disabilities. As a 2020 Fellow, I had the privilege of attending a discussion on voter suppression…

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Interview with Allan Bergman in Celebration of ADA30

Courtesy of ADA National Network (adata.org)

We continue to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights law that protects people with disabilities against discrimination and gives them equal rights in all aspects of life. We had the honor…

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Your Health & Safety is Our Top Concern

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

Pace Bus’ top priority remains the safety of our passengers and personnel. Pace is a vital service that provides crucial transportation access for the communities we serve, including transportation for many essential workers traveling to and…

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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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Q&A with ADA25 Fellow Brian

Brian Rohde with 2020 Fellows

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) turns 30 at the end of July. Throughout the year there will be commemorations of progress in access and inclusion. A legacy of the 25th anniversary of the ADA is the ADA 25 Advancing Leadership….

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Person-First Language

By Sarah Armour, JJ’sList Business Assistant & Disability Awareness Player

The language we use often defines the way we think about things and people, including people with disabilities. When referring to people with disabilities, we at JJ’s List prefer to use something called person-first language.

What is…

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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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People with Disabilities Count, too! Census 2020

Courtesy of charlestonchronicle.net

The 2020 Census is about to begin. In fact, starting in January, the census will begin counting people in remote parts of Alaska.

The census is a short questionnaire that asks about who you are and where you live. It’s the way to count…

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“I Wish I Had This Disability Awareness Training 20 Years Ago!”

The Disability Awareness Players with Jeremy Gill of the Lincoln Park Zoo

By the Disability Awareness Players

It’s a new season and the Disability Awareness Players are out in full force spreading disability awareness!  We’ve had a busy few months training folks all over the Chicagoland…

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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership – a Q&A with Fellow Molly Wiesman

Mentor Melissa Reishus and Molly Wiesman, 2019 Fellow

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the legacy project of ADA 25 Chicago, a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The mission of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is to increase civic engagement and…

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