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Should independent living be a choice?

Ben is a JJ’s List volunteer who now lives independently. In this post, he shares his feelings about institution vs. independent living, and the recent Olmstead class action suit in Cook County. The proposed agreement as a result of the class action suit, entitled the Olmstead decision allows people with disabilities who live in nursing … Continue reading

The Theater Audio Description Experience

This entry was written by JJ’s List Social Media Assistant, Jake Joehl. Jake, an individual who is blind, shares with us what he experiences when he goes to the movies and uses audio descriptions. In light of the recent decision by the Regal Theater chain to equip all their theaters with closed-captioning and audio-description capabilities, … Continue reading

Finding Bauer, my angel with paws

Sarah Goldberg is a JJ’s List volunteer with Cerebral Palsy. This post, she shares with us what it’s been like trying to get a service dog, and how she, after 2 long years, finally has Bauer in her life. Hi, my name is Sarah Goldberg and I am 22 and I am a person who is living … Continue reading

Why restroom labels impact people with disabilities.

We met Darby Morris at this year’s Chicago Disability Pride Parade and really enjoyed hearing her story, so we’ve invited her to do a special guest post for the JJ’s List Blog. Enjoy! One stall restrooms can be big road blocks to a variety of individuals, primarily for the reason that people have been taught … Continue reading

Walgreens and disability-friendly service

Thanks Laurie, for sharing your story: By now almost all of us are familiar with JJsList.com and the good work they do spreading the word about businesses providing good ‘disability aware’ customer service. Several months ago I’d posted a review on jjslist.com about our local Walgreens store, one employee in particular there who treats Sarah like any … Continue reading

Tim’s Walk for Autism 2011

JJ’s List volunteer Tim Finnegan shares his experience at this year’s Walk for Autism. Tim is a high school student on the Autism spectrum and a proud JJ’s List self-advocate. On May 21, 2011, I participated in a Walk for Autism. It was at Soldier Field in Chicago. This was my first year participating in … Continue reading

Zach Anner on Oprah – Disability on TV like never before

Article written by John Gier, a JJ’s List volunteer and self-advocate with Cerebral Palsy. Zach Anner, a young male with Cerebral Palsy from Texas, is going to have his own show. “Rolling Around the World with Zach Anner” will be on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which reaches millions of people, starting this month. Cerebral … Continue reading

Buses and Tie Downs

I have been riding public transportation for about 8 years now. For the most part, this has been a really easy process.  All buses, and a large portion of the train stations are physically accessible for people with disabilities.  The only issue I have is that the policy requiring tie downs is applied inconsistently. Tie … Continue reading

Yes, Laurie, There Really Is a Way. And it’s not Santa Claus.

My friend and fellow disability advocate Laurie and I communicated recently about whether the disability community really puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to patronizing disability-aware businesses.  “Do I shop at our local Walmart, for example, over the local Target, because I know they employ a young man who uses a … Continue reading