Jenn Wolff, OT
Jenn Wolff is a disability justice advocate, an occupational therapist and 2011 Ms. Wheelchair Iowa. Jenn began using a wheelchair after she was paralyzed due to surgery and radiation that was intended to remove and treat a tumor in her spine.
She has had the honor of meeting hundreds, if not thousands, of people with disabilities across the nation through her past role in leading UsersFirst, a United Spinal Association advocacy initiative, and by presenting at Abilities Expos nationwide. Today, this native of Waverly, Iowa is focused on empowering her fellow Iowans to share their stories as a means of improving policies and access throughout the state.
Jenn also serves a program coordinator for the Backbones Leadership Program (new this year!), and leads community programs as the advocacy chair of the Iowa Chapter of United Spinal Association. She is also a member of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium’s Executive Council.
“Getting involved with advocacy helped me find my voice,” Jenn shares. “Telling our stories is essential in creating change and it’s become my life goal to create spaces where people with disabilities find inner strength and power in their lived experiences.“
As a grassroots advocacy guide for the NATURALLY ABLE community, Jenn often shares why it’s important to get involved with advocacy on the local level and how mindfulness can influence a person’s resiliency!