Jennifer L. Brown is a Deaf writer and activist whose work focuses on disability rights, disability history, and their intersection with body and thought politics. She has lovingly been nicknamed Little Light, because she is a mere five feet tall – and her tenacity and perseverance in activism while still holding space for mindfulness and healing has been said to be a light to others.
As an RYT-200 yoga instructor who is trauma-informed certified, Jennifer believes that although yoga is not necessarily for all people, it can be a valuable tool to learn about embodiment and to begin a healing journey. As an ASL yoga teacher, she desires to lead classes where space is held for Deaf oppression –where other Deaf people can talk about their experiences and leave with tools to work through that pain. Jennifer is also a certified Barre instructor.
As an anthropologist, Jennifer has spent a lifetime studying Deaf culture and communities. She is especially interested in dismantling the medical model of disability and revealing medical oppression of disabled and chronically ill people. She holds a BA in Anthropology with a focus on Cultural Anthropology.
Previously, Jennifer held a legal assistantship with Colorado Legal Services. There, she worked specifically on Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Insurance claims, as well as gaining valuable experience in educating lawyers about their responsibilities to disabled clients under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Originally from Colorado, Jennifer currently resides in Baltimore with her Deaf partner and their three schnauzers and two house panthers. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram to learn more.