Jen Jenkins

Parent, Long Term Trainee

Jennifer is a family advocate trainee participating in LEND as she is the mother of a child who has Down syndrome.  Her experience as a special educator in the public school system for over 10 years gave her a good foundation of skills needed to advocate for her own son. She recently began work at the Early Childhood Personnel Center as a family representative. Before joining the ECPC, Jennifer was the Lead Advocate at Disability Rights Connecticut, where she advocated for individual rights and worked towards systemic change in education, employment, and voting. She holds a Bachelor’s in Special Education from Fitchburg State University. Jennifer is a 2017 graduate of Partners in Policymaking where she learned that she has a powerful voice and a responsibility to use it. Through LEND, she hopes to expand her knowledge of issues affecting the larger disability community and share her experience with other families.

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