- Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology, UNH, 2020
- Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), 2018
- MSW, St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, 2003
- dual degree with Master of Divinity, Luther Seminary, 2005
- B.A., Social Work and Religion, Wartburg College,2001
Jay is the Program Coordinator of the New Hampshire Statewide Assistive Technology Program (ATinNH) with the Institute on Disability. Jay has worked in disability community and with assistive technology in various roles for over twenty years, including higher education accommodations, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral, social work, self-advocacy community, and direct service roles. Jay is passionate about working together to create accessibility and technology solutions for everyone to participate fully and sustainably in the community.
Jay views people seeking assistive technology as the experts in their own lives and what works best for them. Jay sees the role of assistive technology as connecting and facilitating technology and often non-technology solutions to make life more meaningful, enjoyable, full, connected, and sustainable. Jay trains and educate professionals to better center diverse people with disabilities in the processes and spaces of our shared work, and on the technical aspects of technology processes and options. Jay brings personal experience figuring out creative solutions as an autistic and disabled* trans person who uses a manual wheelchair and loves adaptive outdoor rec and gardening.
*Jay uses identity-first language when referring to personal identity and to communities who use identity-first language