She taught me how to recognize THE hurdles THAT Deaf people face and how to mitigate those challenges



JENNIFER L. BROWN has been an activist her whole life. As a Deaf, chronically ill woman with mobility issues, she has always had to advocate for herself. Now she advocates for others, through her writing, social media presence, and through offering lectures and workshops.

In the past, Jennifer has been a student teacher at the collegiate level for American Sign Language classes and taught for CHIP in Colorado. She also obtained a paralegal certification, working specifically with raising awareness for disability justice at Colorado Legal Services and in a local office with Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Insurance claims, among others, and as a Deaf Adult Mentor with Hands and Voices International. She now brings those skills to you.

Whether you’re looking for a dynamic, engaging speaker on disability justice, accessibility, or culture identity, Jennifer is available to collaborate with your organization, conference, or university.



I hold her in high regard because of her desire to help other people and push forward even when things are difficult





GROWING UP DEAF IN A HEARING WORLD: One in 20 Americans have some hearing loss – and one million are functionally deaf. Despite this vastness, many hearing people are unaware of the struggles faced by this population. In this presentation, Jennifer uses her own personal story and connection to Deaf culture as a catalyst for transformative conversations about the necessity of accessibility. Participants will leave this presentation with the tools to advocate for accessibility in public spaces, helping to make change in their community.

WHAT IS ACCESSIBILITY?: DISABILITY JUSTICE AND DEAF AWARENESS: Disability justice is a key component in US American history, yet is rarely taught in schools. This basic knowledge – of the lengths that disabled people have gone through (and continue to go through) to achieve even minimal access to the world – is something that every person should understand. In this presentation, Jennifer employs her background in law, as well as her experience as a cultural anthropologist, to help participants understand how disability justice applies to their own lives.

THE RIGHT TO WORK: ACCESSIBILITY AND WORK SPACES: Accessibility doesn’t only apply to how people get around and interact with the world. It’s also about folks’ ability to function within the system – and that includes the right to work. People need to be able to evaluate a space for public access, as well as to talk about the changes that need to be made. Using a world model that talks about universal design, in this presentation, Jennifer helps the audience to explore how their work spaces measure up – and offers solutions for a more accessible future.



She taught me several things which I wouldn't have recognized outside of her help




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