"Great program! I wish more programs like this were out there to help students. Washington has the school to work program where students in their last years of high school begin to work on job readiness skills. But the part that is lacking is just what On-Land/On-Line offers. Building confidence in the process of finding a job, speaking to employers, using a calendar to schedule appointments, all of this is just so great!"
-Member, Association of People Supporting Employment First
No Boundaries supports the meaningful integration of individuals with disabilities into the workplace and the community, through innovative on-land and on-line classroom and experiential learning.
No Boundaries was born through a unique partnership between JJ's List and Search, Inc. Search has provided high quality services and supports to persons with disabilities in the community, for more than 40 years. JJ's List helps businesses incorporate disability-aware practices into their core business strategies. At the same time it provides people with disabilities experiential training for career paths involving internet technology, communications and digital marketing for people with disabilities.
JJ's List and Search share a commitment to innovative models of service that support the integration of people with disabilities into every aspect of the community and workplace. No Boundaries builds on this foundation to open new doors to employment and community life for people with disabilities.
About the Program
No Boundaries is a first-of-its-kind, experiential, on-land and on-line training program for transitioning teens and adults with disabilities. No Boundaries builds essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today's world.
Participants in No Boundaries advance through curriculum-based classroom instruction, complimented by opportunities for practical, hands-on experiences in the workplace and community. Participants build real-world skills for employment and community living, including communications, independence, self-advocacy, self-organization, personal responsibility, judgment and social thinking.
Academic interns from area universities, along with community members and volunteers from Chicagoland companies, serve as mentors to No Boundaries participants. Mentors reinforce all concepts and skills learning.
Participants have access to internship opportunities in technology, communications, marketing, retail, warehouse order fulfillment, office administration, and more. No Boundaries integrates on-land and on-line skills building with access to community resources and individualized supports, to attain personal goals in the areas of employment and community life. Social enterprises providing internships, where participants gain hands-on experience in supportive environments, include:
- jjslist.com - technology, communications and marketing
- Planet Access Store - retail
- Planet Access Warehouse – warehouse and order fulfillment
- Keystone Alliance - office administration
- Disability Awareness Players - training businesses in disability awareness