Jennifer L. White has worked in the field of rehabilitation since her first paid job with the ARC of Bucks County, PA. After a career as a special education teacher, she opened Able Opportunities, Inc., a national consulting and local vocational rehabilitation company. She works with a broad range of people, specializing in vocational, education, and communication goals and programs for children and adults. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Washington to develop accommodation strategies and tools to increase integration for those with more severe disabilities, in Alaska designing vocational, residential and educational programs serving First Nation People and communities, and has developed and trained nationwide on non-linguistic communication strategies that promote self determination and autonomy. In 2006 she created the Work Independence Network (WIN) Program, a replicable business model for hiring and retaining employees with developmental disabilities in collaboration with Harrison Medical Center and Kitsap County DD. Jennifer is known for innovative, business-minded strategies and for working in minority populations where issues of privilege and cultural respect are vital to long-term success. In 2014 she launched the Work Autonomy App, a person-driven accommodation tool. As a technical assistance consultant and a Subject Matter Expert for the national Employment First project, she works with state teams, schools, employers, families, counties, providers and agencies on Employer Engagement, Customized Employment, Innovative Technology Tools and Collaborative Design that lead to increased paid employment opportunities. Jennifer brings contagious enthusiasm, functional tools and exceptional services molded by decades of experience and a genuine belief in the value of diversity.
Amanda Faber works as an Employment Consultant with Able Opportunities, Inc. Previous to this position, she had a 16 year career working as a caregiver for adults with disabilities and with the aging population. Throughout her years as a caregiver Amanda developed many skills that directly translate to supporting customers to develop their highest levels of independence in the work place. Amanda’s empathy, patience, problem solving, positivity, and communication skills make her a most valuable asset. She is very excited to be part of the Able Opportunities team, and looks forward to learning something new everyday. She graduated from the Highline Program in 2020.
Ethan Loescher works as an Employment Consultant with Able Opportunities. Ethan had a largely blue collar background, working in warehouses and on rooftops. That changed in 2021 when he met his very good friend and now brother-in-law Peter, who taught him what was possible for people with disabilities. Ethan is new to this field, and excited and passionate about empowering people to meet their dreams and goals.
Danielle Taijeron works as an Employment Consultant for Able Opportunities, Inc. She worked in this role for a brief stint in 2015-2016 before relocating to California due to a family emergency. She is now back in Kitsap County and excited to be on the team. Danielle has 6 years prior experience working as a Team Lead for a behavior management company, supporting people with disabilities to gain social and vocational skills needed for volunteer and employment opportunities. Danielle has a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. Her main focus is creating opportunities, advocacy and using tools & strategies that support people to reach their full potential.
Andrew McQuaide is a brother to Emily and Daniel, both with I/DD. He brought the wisdom of lived experience into his professional career, starting as a Direct Support Professional, through to becoming the Director of Services at Perspectives Corporation and Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, supporting each organizations’ commitment to advancing employment and inclusion for all Rhode Islanders with I/DD. Andrew helped facilitate the State of Rhode Island entering into its landmark settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice responding to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and was appointed by Governor Lincoln Chafee to serve as the State’s Consent Decree Coordinator. As a thought leader in the field of disability justice, Andrew now consults for a variety of organizations serving people with I/DD and co-hosts the podcast “Disability News You Can Use”. He also serves as an elected representative on the Chariho Regional School District School Committee.
Andrew holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in African & African-American Studies and Writing & Rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island.