Jason P. Harris

Founder, Spokesperson, CIO

Jason’s Connection www.jasonsconnection.org

As a neurodiverse individual on the autism spectrum, Jason knows firsthand the challenges faced by individuals to find supports to assist them to live their lives in a way that meets their needs and goals.  In 2013, he founded the non-profit organization Jason’s Connection, an online community for individuals with disabilities, mental health, aging, and diverse abilities and needs, providing information, resources, and art and personal-experience blogs contributed by its online community.  It includes the largest national, organic searchable resource directory, as well as a personalized service to assist people to locate resources in their area.  The site operates concurrently with an active Facebook page with over a quarter of a million followers. Jason speaks nationally to groups about hidden and invisible disabilities and works to build relationships with other national disability organizations.

Jason has a B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph and an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Disability Studies from Syracuse University.  This fall, he will be joining the staff at Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, working to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities around the globe.