Jennifer Bertrand

Jennifer Bertrand

Jennifer lives in Mont Vernon, NH and is a dedicated mother of four beautiful children.  Born with one hand she has found a different way of doing things all throughout her life.  She is a passionate volunteer advocate for the Parent Information Center, a certified NH Educator, graduate of the 2010 UNH IOD Leadership Series, and Policy Chairperson and member of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities.  She also serves on the Institute on Disability Consumer Advisory Council.

Jennifer provides information and training related to the legislative process and public policies that impact families through her work as a Legislative Liaison for Community Crossroads, one of New Hampshire’s ten area agencies.  She founded the Southern Chapter of ABLE NH, a growing grassroots organization that takes on issues that impact people with disabilities.

She believes “taking direct action even with the tension and conflict it stirs is necessary to move our values forward and realize a dream of dignity, equity, equality, full-citizenship, & independence” for her daughter Chloe and others who experience a disability.

During the 2013-14 legislative session Jennifer successfully coordinated hearing testimony on behalf of parents and mobilized many stakeholders across the state to contact their representatives in favor of Senate Bill 396 relative to child restraint and seclusion practices.   This collaboration and effort led to the successful passage of this legislation, which will improve parent notification and student safety particularly the safety of vulnerable students with disabilities.  Jennifer was the honored recipient of the Hillsborough County Democrats 2014 Grassroots Activist of the Year award.

  • Company/Org:Parent Information Center NH
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