Jason Harris, M.A.

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Research Associate

Email : jharri05@syr.edu

Jason P. Harris is joining the staff at Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, as a Research Associate, working to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities around the globe.

In 2018, Jason earned an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Disability Studies from Syracuse University. Jason was also one of the founders of the student organization On The Spectrum at Syracuse University.

Jason also has a B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was introduced to disability advocacy in his class Disability, Culture and Equity that nurtured his passion for civil rights and to spread awareness and advocate for independence and inclusion to improve lives and empower people in the disability community.   Jason graduated with Honors in December 2013.

In 2013, Jason founded the non-profit organization Jason’s Connection. Jason’s Connection is an online community promoting inclusion, independence and equality of opportunity for individuals with disabilities, mental health, aging and diverse abilities and needs. It explores the cultural and social aspects of disability and shares ideas to change cultural perceptions of differences by featuring expressions of art and personal-experience blogs contributed by our online community, and one of the largest national, organic searchable directories for medical, housing, employment, and other resources. Additionally, it provides a personalized service to assist those with specific needs locate resources in their area.  The site operates concurrently with an active Facebook page, which currently has over a quarter of a million followers.  Since its inception, Jason’s Connection has grown to be one of largest, comprehensive, and diverse online presence that is run by a person with a disability.

Jason has actively participated in speaking engagements across the country including at ReelAbilities Film Festivals and continues to speak nationally to groups about hidden and invisible disabilities, and he works to build relationships with other national disability organizations.


February 20, 2019 |Jason participates in discussion on Dislocation, Disability and Domestic Policy: Transnational DPOs in the NGO World, co-hosted by BBI's Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach ngo-group

Mirjakhon Turdiev, Jason Harris, Xuehong Wang, Andrew Horsfall and others at the discussion

January 24, 2019 | BBI Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, Diane Wiener; BBI Research Associate, Jason Harris; Disability Cultural Center Coordinator, Kate Pollack; and graduate student, Rikki Sargent are members of an upcoming Newhouse classroom panel, to discuss representations of disability and ability in the media. Read the full story here.

Representation of (Dis)Ability in the Media Video

January 8, 2019 | Jason Harris, M.Ed, Research Associate at Burton Blatt Institute and Founder of Jasonsconnection.org was recently part of a library staff training on providing good services to patrons with disabilities. It was hosted by Katherine Deibel, Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. This topic has been the most requested by Syracuse University library staff personnel.

Jason at SU library

Jason Harris was asked to participate in this informative panel with the belief it is best to learn from the lived experiences of others, hence having a panel of respected members of the Syracuse Community with disabilities. Some key ideas discussed were the following:

  1. What do you value about having your disability? (I want to start off with disability being a positive experience)
  2. How does your disability impact you? What are common frustrations?
  3. What makes an interaction a positive experience? When providing assistance, what works? What doesn’t?
  4. What can SU Libraries do better? For you? For all patrons with disabilities?

November 5, 2018 | Jason spoke to RespectAbility staff and Fellows.

Jarris Harris and Diane Weiner

October 17, 2018 | Diane Wiener, Director of the Disability Cultural Center at  Syracuse University, and Jason Harris, Research Assistant at Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and Founder of Jason’s Connection, are thrilled and honored to share that Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comics, will be coming on April 13, 2019, for the 6th "Cripping" the Comic Con at Syracuse University. 

Jason Harris at SOTA ConferenceOctober 11, 2018 | Jason Harris, Research Assistant at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and the founder of Jason’s Connection, represented BBI and Jason’s Connection at the State of the Art Conference at Syracuse University. This popular conference of 300+ participants provides opportunities for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to learn about the current state of research and practice in the field, and to network with each other. Panels that include faculty and staff from postsecondary education initiatives, parents, self-advocates, and other experts, share effective practices during break-out sessions with opportunities for group discussion. The Student Leadership Conference is a new, parallel conference on Syracuse University's campus, which brings more high school and college students into the conversation.

September 30, 2018 | Jason Harris, Research Associate at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and founder of Jason’s Connection, spoke on a panel with Nancy Silberkleit, CEO of Archie Comics and film producers at the Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival on the topic of "Beyond Stereotypes" Archie Comics has introduced a new character named Scarlett, a teenage girl on the autism spectrum. Jason has been consulting with Archie Comics to assure that Scarlett authentically represents an autistic person.

Beyond Stereotypes Video

Jason Harris with Nancy Silberkleit