Her personal, professional and educational experiences give her a unique perspective unmatched by competitors in the field.
She is a business owner who has worked in the non and for-profit fields, has employed hundreds of people and has a masters degree in business administration and marketing. Annette has been formally trained to identify problems and offer solutions. She understands business strategies, the importance of consistency in services, as well as what employers are looking for in an employee.
She is a parent of a child with developmental disabilities. Jett started her journey long ago to uncover the way systems work (and don’t work) within her state and local community for the maximum benefit of her child, with an ulterior motive to help other families along the way.
She is a graduate of the Kentucky UCEDD, the Human Development Institute, There, Annette was exposed to numerous learning opportunities, field leaders, and topics that contribute to barriers to access in our community in the areas of education, employment and independent living. She continues her educational journey to this day. Notably, she attended the Supported Employment Leadership Series in KY, including intense trainings in Social Role Valorization, Systematic Instruction, Discovery and Job Development. (Recently, she earned her Certificate in Discovery from Marc Gold & Associates and is working toward the same in Job Development).
She worked as Parent Liaison for Special Education in the second largest public school district in Kentucky. Here she worked closely with parents of students with disabilities and the schools to solve the similar issues that students and families face during their educational experience, especially as it relates to transition from high school to adulthood. She later co-taught parent advocates how to navigate the systems and learn more about Special Education law, regulations, rights and how to negotiate these in a non-controversial manner. She is called on often to accompany parents to IEP meetings and maintains relationships school transition specialists.
She is Executive Director of a Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) in KY. Jett has first hand experience in realizing the enhancement that Pre-ETS can offer to the Discovery process with the ultimate goal of providing meaningful, competitive and integrated employment opportunities that match the job seekers skills, strengths and interests. In addition, by providing direct service and training others to do the same, Annette knows UDL strategies and how to work with people with varying capacities including those with the most significant impact of disability.
She is a local, state and national disability advocate, With an informed understanding of public policy issues and the systemic changes that need to happen to improve post-secondary outcomes, access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities, Jett is not afraid to speak out for equality and full inclusion. Though based in Kentucky, many of those issues are consistent throughout our nation.
If your organization needs help navigating these systems to provide better services for your clients, contact Annette. You may qualify for a 30-minute complimentary Q&A session with her.