Jane Lefante

Jane Lefante

Assistive Technology Specialist


New England Assistive Technology Center - Oak Hill

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I got my undergraduate degree in elementary and special education at Wheelock College.
Worked in special ed. I went back to school to get my master's degree in reading and language arts.
I had 4 children and joyously watched each of them progress through their development.
My training as a teacher turned out to be super handy as a parent!
I worked as a reading interventionist; I saw students struggling to learn without supports.
I got my assistive technology certification - I knew AT tools were the way to help these kids.
Cold called to volunteer at a resource center to gain experience in AT. I got hired instead!!
Testified in support of learning disabilities law; it passed! All my experiences came together!
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Windsor High School
Bachelor
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Wheelock College
Graduate
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Central Connecticut State University
Certification/License
Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program
California State University-Northridge
Certification/License
Reading Specialist (OCP)
Central Connecticut State University

Career

Assistive Technology Specialist

We empower others to reach their fullest potential aided by Assistive Technology Tools and training.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Every day is a little bit different. We are constantly checking emails and returning phone calls then we'll head out to see consumers, agencies, work places or schools to evaluate the needs of individuals who are struggling. We write reports about those evaluations to make recommendations on assistive technology and provide training on assistive technology tools. We speak at conferences. We research strategies and new tech tools. We develop curriculum, build our Lending Library, consult with families. Highly Diverse!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be very analytical, but you also just need to be able to listen to people's stories and then visualize their goals. Requires strong observation and interpersonal skills. Communication, both written and spoken is key. Lots of problem solving, reflection and detective work.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Learn to be open to and accept differences in others without judgement. There is more than one way to approach a task and express an answer. Explore your comfort level with unpredictable situations. Recognize that often we don't have an answer but be committed to look for one. Develop your ability to break things down into small pieces because not everyone can see them in the bigger picture. Sometimes when given a different way of approaching a task, people can succeed.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
graduate
Graduate
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
certification
Certification/License
Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program
certification
Certification/License
Reading Specialist (OCP)

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Don't be so sensitive. Toughen up. I don't 'see' anything wrong with that child. You can't do that - it's done this way."