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Your Story is Your Legacy: The Intersection of Disabled and Queer Identity

By: Melanie Ausbrook, Adult Learning Program Manager, Search Inc

Both neurodiversity and queerness/sexual identity are often viewed as spectrums. The Kinsey Scale places sexual identity on a continuum with no person being totally ‘straight’ or ‘gay.’ Similarly, autism is defined as a spectrum disorder with no…

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Disability Lead – Inspiring People with Disabilities and Building Leaders

By Brian Rohde, Guest Blogger

Recently, Disability Lead, formerly ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, hosted another webinar in their Power Series highlighting leaders in the community who have disabilities. In this series, Disability Lead hosted Actor and Comedian, Maysoon Ziyad. Maysoon Ziyad told her story about how…

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Ask Adrian About Returning to Life Post-Pandemic

In this installment of “Ask Adrian Anything,” JJ’s List asked Adrain about getting back to “normal” after living with restrictions because of the global pandemic.  Adrian shares his hopes for the future and how he coped during the difficult months of the global pandemic.

What are…

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Reigniting Friendships at Ignite

Everyone is excited to begin getting back to a pre-pandemic “normalcy” after a long, arduous year of quarantine. When Ignite Evanston reopened its doors to participants just a few weeks ago in mid-May, there were smiles all around. The staff was excited to welcome old…

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Spotlight on Alana K.

Last month was Autism Awareness Month. To help mark the event, JJ’s List sat down to talk with No Boundaries participant, Alana K. We are grateful for her willingness to share her story, insight, and advice with our readers.

Tell me about yourself:

Alana at No Boundaries

My…

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Three Visibility Artists Raising Their Profile

Artwork by Juan

Three of our Visibility Arts artists, John, Orman and Juan, will be among a total of 179 professional artists showing their work at an in-person Group Art Show at Evanston Art Center. Tina Zemen, Visibility Arts Manager, was instrumental in getting Search Inc….

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Pace Encourages COVID-19 Vaccination to Help Keep Riders Safe

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

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your community healthy, which is why we’re answering some of the key questions riders have about getting vaccinated.

Why should I…

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Autism Acceptance vs Awareness

By Amanda Bulgrin, Program Development Coordinator, Search Inc

This April, autistic self-advocates are calling for change. In the past, the month of April has been observed as Autism Awareness month, but advocates point out it is more effective and necessary to practice Autism Acceptance not just…

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Spotlight on John G

To celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Month, JJ’s List had the chance to spotlight one of our own Disability Awareness Players, John G. We are grateful for John’s willingness to tell us his story and excited to share with our community. John shares stories about independence and…

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Beyond the Doctor’s Office: Resources for Health and Well-Being

By Laura Chicoine, Guest Blogger

The Adult Down Syndrome Center is a clinic for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome located in Park Ridge, IL. Our mission is to enhance the well-being of people with Down syndrome by using a team approach to provide comprehensive and…

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