In the State Senate, Jennifer has been a staunch advocate for people with disabilities. She passed legislation that closed a loophole and extended parental support for severely disabled and special-needs children over age eighteen, giving relief to single parents. She also created a law that stems the school-to-prison pipeline, which disproportionately impacts children with disabilities, by implementing alternatives to suspension. She has fought for increased funding for Intellectual Disabilities (ID)/Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver slots to shrink waiting lists, the implementation of a more inclusive environment for students with disabilities, expanded state and local employment opportunities for those with disabilities, a focus on patient-centered, community-based centers and housing options, and Medicaid expansion to cover our most vulnerable Virginians.
In Congress, Jennifer will continue to be an advocate for a more inclusive America for people with disabilities. She will defend the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, expand educational and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and protect funding for Medicaid and other affordable healthcare programs.