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JJ’s List

History

JJ Hanley founded JJ’s List as a commitment to help improve the long-term economic and social futures of people with all disabilities. She was inspired to build the organization while making Refrigerator Mothers, an award-winning PBS documentary on autism, where she learned about the tremendous barriers to basic participation in the community encountered by people with disabilities after they finish high school. Barriers include challenges finding an appropriate place to live, accessing employment, getting around town and participating on the Internet. Her experience as the parent of a teenager with autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities gives her personal insight into the critical need to address these challenges.