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The costs of living with a disability: A conversation with Jim Sinocchi

  The costs of living with a disability: A conversation with Jim Sinocchi            by Elana Duré                                                                                                  Content and Communications, J.P. Morgan Wealth Management Oct 06, 2021 • People with disabilities encounter a wide range of expenses, from medical and transportation costs to unrealized earnings because of barriers posed by societal limitations. • Jim Sinocchi, Head of Disability Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase, informs us about the challenges people with disabilities face in their daily lives. • From the workplace to public transportation, communities have work left to do in building a more inclusive society for people with disabilities. People with disabilities encounter a wide range of out-of-pocket expenses, including medical expenses and transportation costs. Estimates show that households with an adult who has a work-disability require an average of 28% more income, or an additional $17,690

Empowering People with Disabilities to Become Leaders And Drive Inclusion Forward

Jim Sinocchi, JPMorgan Chase's managing director with the Global Office of Disability Inclusion, discusses how a growing understanding of prejudice can change the way we view disability and prepare society for a new generation of leaders. In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in America, intersectionality became a powerful tool for addressing prejudice. Coined in 1989 by American lawyer and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality explores how different aspects of a person's identity combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege. But while society has focused its attention on a variety of prejudices—including race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation—one form of discrimination has gotten far less scrutiny: Disability.  The Stark Facts This is a problem I've experienced firsthand: As head of JPMorgan Chase's Global Office of Disability Inclusion, I work to advance opp
  Empowering People with Disabilities to Become Leaders And Drive Inclusion Forward Jim Sinocchi, JPMorgan Chase's managing director with the Global Office of Disability Inclusion, discusses how a growing understanding of prejudice can change the way we view disability and prepare society for a new generation of leaders. In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in America, intersectionality became a powerful tool for addressing prejudice. Coined in 1989 by American lawyer and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality explores how different aspects of a person's identity combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege. But while society has focused its attention on a variety of prejudices—including race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation—one form of discrimination has gotten far less scrutiny: Disability.  The Stark Facts This is a problem I've experienced firsthand: As head

Pandemic Musings Amid COVID-19 -- There's much to be thankful for on this Memorial Day weekend

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I woke up Sunday morning sleeping on my left side, facing the window, and looking at a bright sunny day. My personal care assistant would be here in about an hour to help me up out of bed and get ready for the day. Body surfing can be fun, but also dangerous . As I stared out the window and listened to the birds chirping, I thought about being paralyzed for the past 40 years, since breaking my neck in a surfing accident on Condado Beach in Puerto Rico . I was 25 years old at the time of my accident and employed by the IBM Corporation. I was also an assistant swimming coach at the City College of New York, and working for my childhood coach and mentor Marcelino Rodriguez, whom I met at the St. Mary's Park Recreation Center in the Bronx, New York. At that time, I was 11 years-old, and wanted to learn how to swim. Actually, my brother Victor and I were encouraged to learn how to swim by our grandfather, after our Dad died at the young age of 28. For 40 years I have alterna

The Covid-19 Virus was depicted 178 years ago, by author Edgar Allen Poe, as the "Masque of the Red Death"

As I learned more about the infamous Covid-19 Virus in the newspaper and on television this week, as my wife and I remained secluded, the unconscious part of my brain was nagging me, pinging me that I heard about such a calamity before this news breaking occurrence.  "Where did I hear about such a pestilence before?,"  I thought. Then it came back to me, as I was having coffee this past Sunday morning as I watched the news. I recalled a story I read more than 35 years ago at Colgate University , a small but quaint college, located in Hamilton, New York. I was enrolled in an English Literature course, where we studied the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, among other authors of his generation. As many of you may know, New York State is one of the "hot spots" for the Covid-19 Virus as of this writing. And, what disturbed me was a news story that described "wealthy people" leaving New York City in the wake of the virus, and going to their mansions in the Hamp

Alumni Leverage Master’s in International Business and Policy Degree to Boost Their Globally Oriented Careers

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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business James Sinocchi, our son, was recently featured in a news story for the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service. ================================================================ What are proud parents supposed to do when they see their children succeed? We praise and brag about them, of course! Although not explicitly about disability, it is, as our children, a girl and a boy, were raised by a disabled father and able bodied mother. I hope you enjoy the read. Jim =============================================================== James Sinocchi (IBP’17) was looking for ways to advance his career and move into a leadership position. At the time, he was a counterterrorism analyst for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and he was seeking a graduate program that would deepen his knowledge in global security studies. “Government agencies were increasingly

"Deja vu" and The Red Suit

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Over the weekend, my wife Maggie was going through items in storage boxes we accumulated over the years, which we have stored in our basement. There were old files, clothes, furniture and other items, including photographs dating back 30 years or more. Many items would be discarded, others we will keep. She called me over as she sorted out decades-old pictures, a good many in black and white and in color. One of the photographs was of our five year-old son, Jimmy wearing a red  suit, tie and white shirt. The photograph brought back many memories as "Jimmy," as I fondly call him, is now 30 years old. I recall the story of Jimmy and the red suit as it has remained a legendary story in our family. From left: my son Jimmy, and daughter, Danielle, on my lap at the circus at Madison Square Garden in New York. A Shopping Weekend At the time, we lived in Rockland County, New York, and decided to go clothes shopping for our then 11-year-old daughter Danielle and 5-year-old,