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What I Do

Born without hands and feet, my lived experience as a disabled woman informs my advocacy for more inclusive and accessible education and workforces. I'm on a mission to interrupt the narratives we are often led to believe about people with disabilities in order to make the world more equitable.

About Me

Jessica Lopez is a Policy Intern at ODEP’s Employer and Workplace Policy Team as an AAPD Intern for the 2023 year. Jessica is a disability advocate and full-time student triple-majoring in Business, Economics, and Communications at Coastline College. Born without hands and feet, Jessica's lived experience as a disabled woman informs her advocacy for more inclusive and accessible education and workforces.As President of Coastline Associated Student Government, Jessica authored and championed a disability inclusion resolution that advanced to the state level. Her resolution advocates for greater institutional support for students with disabilities. She collaborates with college leadership, constituency committees, and work groups to develop student equity strategies. Jessica formerly served as the Treasurer of Region VIII of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC), a non-profit student organization recognized by California law to represent 2 million students in state-level legislative advocacy. She has also taken her passion for advocacy to the California state capitol, where she met with legislators to advocate for more accessible education.Alongside her academic and advocacy work, Jessica formerly served as Community and Social Media Manager, and Partnership Coordinator at Diversability. In her role, she elevated disability pride and amplified the disability community in order to change the way people see disability. Jessica formerly interned within the marketing team at Alation, a tech company based in Silicon Valley. She is a Coelho Law Fellow for 2023-2024. She was also named a Disability:IN NextGen leader for 2022 and 2023.Currently, Jessica is active in the corporate world, developing training modules on disability inclusion and consulting on accessibility and disability-inclusive DEI strategy. She has worked with Milt Wright & Associates on updating the Windmills program, and is a Corporate Training Consultant for the Center for Disability Inclusion. With experiences spanning social enterprises, B2B tech, nonprofits, and public institutions, Jessica works to interrupt the narratives we are often led to believe about people with disabilities in order to make the world more equitable

Speaking Engagements


Anthology Together Asia Pacific 2022

California Community Colleges: California Virtual Campus Online Education Initiative

Center for Disability Inclusion

Future Talent Council

Publicity


LinkedIn

VeryWell

Ms Magazine

Justice For Society Magazine

Portfolio



Highlights

Key creations that exemplify my work.

The History of Disabled People

by Jessica Lopez and Eric Prince

From ugly laws, to eugenics, to the ADA, this an article on the rarely told history of disabled people.

Student Experience and Universal Design

Fall 2022

Presented to the California Virtual Campus, this presentation demonstrates why online education is important and how teachers can deliver instruction for the next generation of students with and without disabilities.

Coastline ASG Disability Inclusion Resolution

Spring 2022

This presentation gives an overview of the resolution I spearheaded as Vice President of Coastline Associated Student Government for greater accessible education.


Presentations

Payan v. LACCD case brief

Spring 2022

An overview of this landmark case to present actions that can be taken to advocate for disabled students.

The SSCCC

Fall 2021

The background, history, and purpose of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC), and the role of student delegates in the legislative process.


Articles

My Adventure as an Intern at Alation

by Jessica Lopez

When I discovered Alation's internship program, I only knew two things. I loved learning and storytelling. This is the story of my 12 weeks at Alation.

How Simplify helped Jessica land her first internship!

by Jessica Lopez and Michael Yan

Sit down with Jessica Lopez to talk about her experience using Simplify this past year!


Social Media

@RealJessL

LinkedIn

As a disability advocate, my most powerful audience lies within LinkedIn.

@Diversability

As former social media manager for Diversability, I spent a year developing the social media content and investing in the community.

Instagram Guides

TikTok

  • 132,000+ likes

  • 658,000+ views

* As of February 2022


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Let's work together!


Hire me as a speaker

Having spoken in front of over 800 people, I've developed presentations covering disability inclusion, accessible education, and issues currently impacting the disability community. I'd love to partner with you to tailor a message for your needs that center disability perspectives.


Partner with me

With a reach of over 1 million in 2022 on LinkedIn, I've developed a strategy to reach audiences on technologies and programs, reaching over 20,000 people per post. I'd love to collaborate with you on a potential partnership.


Consulting & thought partnership

Accessibility is vital, but difficult to manage without integration into the disability community. I can help you develop and execute an inclusion or accessibility plan that suits your organization's needs. Possibilities include a disability-inclusive DEI plan, developing a custom workshop, or something else you have in mind.