Jen has a passion for technology education and believes that access to technology is a fundamental human right. She has presented for diverse groups across the state of Michigan for over 10 years, including a keynote address at the University of Michigan-Flint in 2017 and presenter for the Leaders in Policy Advocacy statewide leadership program from 2013-2017. Her areas of expertise include technology & assistive technology (AT), disability justice and political advocacy through social media. Jen’s presentations are interactive and include hands-on, experiential learning activities.
Since 2017, Jen has been with Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) within the Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP). She is the Regional Manager for Southeast Michigan and “The Thumb” working with local sites to support access to Assistive Technology for people with disabilities. Jen is also a Part-Time Faculty Member at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches in the School of Health Sciences: Therapeutic Recreation program. In her private practice, T-Rec Community Supports, Jen utilizes a person-centered & community inclusive approach to support adults on the Autism Spectrum.
Jen graduated from EMU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science; Major in Therapeutic Recreation and minor in Psychology. She earned her Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential in 2008. In 2016, Jen completed a 2-year, national Technology Navigator Fellowship with the Arc of the United States where she worked with staff and other fellows from around the country on numerous topics surrounding technology use including accessibility, coaching, and recommendations for people with disabilities.