Jennifer Restle

Board Director
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San Diego
2nd Term: 3/8/14 - 3/7/20

Disability Rights California
Attn: Jennifer Restle
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Jennifer Restle educates and advocates on issues of diversity and inclusion. At Vassar College, while acquiring a degree in psychology, she realized the universality of the "disability experience," and after graduation, worked to create a voice for students with disabilities at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, educating administration while nurturing students through a peer mentoring program.

Now living in San Diego, Jen has expanded her skills by becoming active in the bisexual community, beginning by coordinating San Diego Bisexual Forum, then creating the first bisexual support and discussion groups at the LGBT Center. Missing her disability roots, Jen began a blog – People Aren't Broken: Disability from the Inside Out – as a means to articulate to the non-disabled world the day-to-day experiences of one woman who lives with blindness, a chronic illness and mental health issues. 

South of the border, Jen had her first taste of mixing disability and sexual orientation when she presented "When Crip and Queer Collide" at a conference linked with Tijuana's annual Pride festival. Asked to join the newly formed San Diego Pride Diversity Task Force, Jen finally discovered she could combine disability and bisexuality activism into one glorious, long-term undertaking, raising awareness of bisexual invisibility while helping to develop concrete accessibility measures for the annual Pride festival. Her outside passions include the local music scene and baking the perfect gluten-free muffin.