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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Using Disability Awareness On The Job at Meijer

By Brian Rohde, JJsList.com Disability Awareness Player, Meijer Employee

Part 2

Read Part 1 of my story here.

Brian Rohde, Self-Advocate and Meijer employee

Thanks to my time with No Boundaries, ComEd, and the Disability Awareness Players, I improved my communication skills, gained self-confidence, and got a part-time job…

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The Greatest Show on Earth vs a Disability Awareness Training

By Bill Sitter, Self-Advocate with Autism

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 movie about the life of P.T. Barnum and how he built a circus empire. A key entertainment in his show were individuals called “freaks.” Many of those folks had various types of disabilities.

The…

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Foundation Funded Trainings Experience Success

The Disability Awareness Players had another record-breaking year in Fiscal Year 2017!

JJsList.com Disability Awareness Players at Lincoln Elementary School in Highland Park

Overall 40+ Disability Awareness Trainings were provided to over 2,600 people in the most recent year. A recent grant from the Reva & David…

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Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow

Disability Awareness Players Build Diversity and Inclusion

When we started training companies and organizations to welcome customers and employees with disabilities through disability awareness, we didn’t realize that the Players were helping to plant the seed for something equally important: including people with disabilities in volunteerism…

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Julia on Sesame Street and the Disability Awareness Players

A guest blog by Bill Sitter

At JJsList.com we always say, “When you have met one person with a disability, you have met one person with a disability.” It’s all about focusing on the person as an individual who is part of a group rather than as an…

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Disability Awareness Players Share Their Experiences With Filmmakers

Last week, our Disability Awareness Players trained a group of filmmakers at Kartemquin Films to be disability aware. In addition to the training, the Players shared their experiences with living with a disability, as well as their thoughts on disability representation in the media. It was…

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Achieve Anything: Earn Everything You Receive

I have always believed that everything we achieve in life is well earned. Looking back on all of my most recent accomplishments, such as receiving my Associates Degree from Oakton Community College, working three part-time jobs, and independently paying a good amount of my bills,…

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Sam’s Club Rocks A Disability Awareness Training

 

Sam's Club – Evanston, IL

I am honored to be a part of the Disability Awareness Players, we just completed a Disability Awareness Training at Sam’s Club in Evanston, IL and I am impressed that such a well known company understands the importance of being disability-aware. …

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SNAILS: Developing Accessible and Welcoming Libraries

Have you ever wondered what librarians are doing to make public libraries more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities?  Let me introduce you to SNAILS.  SNAILS, which stands for Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services, is a networking group made up of professionals from…

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