The JJs List Blog

My Experience with an Internship

By Abbie Volkmann, JJ’s List.com Social Media Assistant and Disability Awareness Player

From January to May of this year, I was the communications intern for Openlands, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that protects and preserves open spaces throughout the Chicago area, from as far north as the…

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4 Tips on Living Alone with a Disability in Chicago

A Guest Blog by Adrian Drower

Adrian at His Job at The Fine Line

As Frank Sinatra once sang, “This is My Kind of Town.” Though I was born in Illinois, Northbrook was my kind of town for a while. Now I agree with Frank Sinatra, Chicago is…

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Letting Go for Two Bus Stops

Anna and her travel trainer

The Day My Teenager Learned Public Transportation

I finally got a call from the Chicago Public Schools district travel trainer to let me know that he was ready to begin teaching my teenage daughter how to take fixed-route public transportation.  She is…

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Audio Described Performances Now Available At Bumppo

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company believes, as many Chicago theatres do, that the arts have a responsibility to reflect and explore the interests and concerns of the communities to which we belong. While we at Remy Bumppo strive to serve our communities through our play selection, our partnerships…

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Last Week in the Snow as a Wheelchair-User

Many people are unaware of the difficulty wheelchair-users face when maneuvering through snow. The news covers the story from many angles. Everyone sees people shoveling their cars out, plow drivers working over-time and people climbing over snow banks.  However, people with disabilities are never shown…

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Wine Walk Raises Almost $6,000, $3,000 for No Boundaries!

Chicago/Dempster Merchants Association and JJ Hanley

The Chicago/Dempster Charity Wine Walk in Evanston was a rousing success! We are humbled by the support of our Chicago/Dempster community, the Chicago/Dempster Merchants Association and Evanstonians in general, who turned out in droves to support our No Boundaries program….

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How Karen Meyer Reshaped Disabilities in the News

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Tribune, Karen Meyer

In Chicago it’s hard to get the message out about people with disabilities working and living in the community. On television it’s nearly impossible. Karen Meyer, unlike other reporters, dedicated her career to doing just that.

For 23 years, she…

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Evanston Parklet Opens!

State Senator Robyn Gabel, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, and the jjslist.com Team

Evanston’s first parklet is officially open! Located right here on Dempster Street, the parklet  had its official ribbon-cutting this afternoon, July 30, 2014, before a good crowd outside Hewn.

Our very own jjslist.com crew arrived just in…

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Chicago Based Dare2tri Sponsors ITU World Paratriathlon Chicago Summer 2014

Chicago is home to Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, the nation’s first USA Triathlon sanctioned club exclusively for athletes with physical and visual disabilities. Dare2tri was honored and excited to be named the presenting sponsor for the 2014 ITU World Paratriathlon Chicago, on June 28, 2014 and the…

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Disabilities In America: Fellowship Gives Hope

This month I got a chance to work at jjslist.com through my participation in the US Department of State’s Professional Fellowship Program implemented by Hands Along the Nile Development Services in partnership with WorldChicago. I was excited to see the work Americans are doing around disability awareness. In Tunisia,…

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