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Military Service Defies Stereotypes


Great In Uniform

For Israeli youth with disabilities, the fact they can’t join the Israeli Defense Forces when they turn 18 is a massive disappointment. Now, thanks to the help of the Israeli non-profit Lend a Hand to a Special Child, youths with developmental and physical…

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Disabilities In America: Fellowship Gives Hope

This month I got a chance to work at 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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5 Athletes to Watch at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games

It’s that time again. The time when the best athletes in the world gather in one place to celebrate the best aspects of sport and humanity. Yes, it’s the Olympics–Winter Olympics, of course. But it’s not just the regular Olympics we’re interested in. We’ve got…

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More Than A Job


October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and many of us focused our energy on expanding the recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities. However, we should acknowledge employment of people with disabilities as much more than a source of economic benefit.

Individuals with disabilities want…

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Veteran’s Day Celebration? Hire A Veteran With A Disability First

As the Digital Marketing and Community Engagement Manager at, I have been blessed to learn about disability awareness at an organization that values community integration. I focus most of my time on online marketing, advocacy for individuals with disabilities, and maintaining the strategic partnerships with…

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Obamacare Goes Live: What You Need To Know

10/04/13 - Uncategorized - 5 Comments

Despite the debates, website glitches and the government shutdown, Obamacare went live this week. Unfortunately, most of us are still confused about what this means and whether or not we will be covered. This can de especially confusing for those who have never signed up…

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Free Training For Businesses

Want to grow your bottom line? This is your chance!

If you are a business owner or manager, plan to “clock-in” for this, interactive training, taught by experts in disability – people with disabilities themselves.

Date: Thursday, Oct 10, 2013

Venue: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4999 Old Orchard Ctr Ste A28,…

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Social Security Administration Says “No” to the R-word

Three years after Obama signed Rosa’s Law, the SSA will replace “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability.”

This move by The Social Security Administration to use appropriate terminology in its communications is a response to pressure from many in the disability community, including JJ’s List to change…

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Postcard to Pakistan

Pakistani Disability Advocate, and Guest of Chicago Mayor’s Office, Experiences JJ’s List Innovations


When Pakistani advocate and businessman Fahad Bilal visited Chicago recently as a guest of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, he spent a day at JJ’s List learning how we use social…

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Disability State Rankings 2013

Which states rank best when it comes to services for people with disabilities? The Case For Inclusion 2013, released yesterday by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), ranks states – not on their spending – but on their outcomes for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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