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Jane Lefante

Jane Lefante

New England Assistive Technology Center - Oak Hill

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Jane's work combines: Education, Technology, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Assistive Technology Specialist

We empower others to reach their fullest potential aided by Assistive Technology Tools and training.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Windsor High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs

    Wheelock College

  • Graduate Degree

    English/Language Arts Teacher Education

    Central Connecticut State University

  • Certification

    Reading Specialist (OCP)

    Central Connecticut State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Healthcare Social Workers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs

Graduate Degree: English/Language Arts Teacher Education

Certification: Reading Specialist (OCP)

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I got my undergraduate degree in elementary and special education at Wheelock College.

  • 2.

    Worked in special ed. I went back to school to get my master's degree in reading and language arts.

  • 3.

    I had 4 children and joyously watched each of them progress through their development.

  • 4.

    My training as a teacher turned out to be super handy as a parent!

  • 5.

    I worked as a reading interventionist; I saw students struggling to learn without supports.

  • 6.

    I got my assistive technology certification - I knew AT tools were the way to help these kids.

  • 7.

    Cold called to volunteer at a resource center to gain experience in AT. I got hired instead!!

  • 8.

    Testified in support of learning disabilities law; it passed! All my experiences came together!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Don't be so sensitive. Toughen up. I don't 'see' anything wrong with that child. You can't do that - it's done this way.

  • How I responded:

    No one can tell you how YOU feel inside. My sensitivity aided me to be insightful, not only reflecting on my own decisions and feelings but to be more intuitive toward people around me. Helped me to pave my own road, connecting with many others along the way. I think it made me a more effective interventionist and while I listen to opinions of others, I have never based my decisions solely on what is obvious, but rather on a full range of subtleties.