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Jen White-Johnson is a Afro-Latina, disabled designer, educator, and activist, whose visual work explores the intersection of content and caregiving with an emphasis on redesigning ableist visual culture.
As an artist-educator with Graves disease and ADHD, her heart-centered and electric approach to disability advocacy bolsters these movements with invaluable currencies: powerful, dynamic art and media that all at once educates, bridges divergent worlds, and builds a future that mirrors her Autistic son’s experience.
When her son was diagnosed as Autistic at age 2 she began to examine the absence of black disabled children in digital and literary media, this motivated the release of an advocacy photo zine entitled "KnoxRoxs." Dedicated to her Autistic son.
The zine is a way to give visibility to children of color in the black Autistic community. The photozine helped to contribute to the rare framework centering autism acceptance in families of color, amplify conversations with the Disability community, igniting the continued need to develop anti-racist, and anti-ableist media.
Since its release, the zine has received national and international recognition, including features in AfroPunk, Today at Apple, and is permanently archived in Libraries at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Her activist and advocacy work has been featured in The Washington Post, New York Times, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone, Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience, and she was selected as an honoree on the 2020 Diversability’s D-30 Disability Impact List.
Jen has consulted and collaborated with a number of brand initiatives and art spaces across print and digital, in addition to facilitating events centering disability design advocacy. These collaborations include Nike, Converse, Twitter, Amazon, and Google Stories.
Jen holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Visual Arts from University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Jen is currently available for speaking engagements and leading workshops that incorporate the following topics:
Art & Design Activism
Neurodiversity, Disability, & Self Advocacy
Joy as an Act of Resistance
Mothering & Caregiving Communities
Zine and Collage Making