Disability Advocate & Technology Specialist
Jordan worked in IT as an embedded systems engineering assistant and a computer technician, before finding her passion in emergency medical services (EMS). Several ankle & knee injuries occurred throughout her career in EMS.
Recovery from these was prolonged and difficult, and eventually this led to a diagnosis with a connective tissue disorder, but the damage was already done, and her career in EMS was over. She moved on to an office position for a few years, but this wasn't satisfying work, and eventually the progression of her disability meant that she could no longer do many of the job functions she originally handled. Wanting to get back to helping people she returned to college and pursue a career in counseling, so that she could help people, and not be held back by her disability.
She completed an internship in rehabilitation counseling with the State of Indiana's vocational rehabilitation program. During her time in college, she took several design technology courses and found that by combining her skills she could create assistive technology solutions that worked well for herself and others. Jordan furthered her education pursing several professional training and certification programs, and graduate certificates in post-secondary disabilities and digital fabrication. During this time she led research studies in assistive technology and developed new technology solutions for evaluating accessibility.
Jordan is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America where she also serves as a member of the RESNA Standards Committee on Wheelchairs (including Scooters) (WCS).