JJ Hanley is Director of Illinois ABLE for the Illinois State Treasurer’s office, which offers “A Better Life Experience” ABLE accounts to people with disabilities in Illinois and across the country.
Her career evolved from financial securities trader to disability parent advocate when an individual in her family was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
JJ produced Refrigerator Mothers, a national PBS documentary on autism and founded a jjslist.com, a yelp.com style, disability consumer review website with a top-ranking disability blog. She launched a Disability Etiquette Training program for corporations that has trained more than 7,000 employees and a public transportation skills program that has trained more than 5,000 high school and transition students with disabilities in the Chicago area.
JJ co-chairs the Banking Committee of the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Financial Advisory Council for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities. She serves on the steering committee for Equip for Equality’s Illinois ADA Project and is a member of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.