Amanda Morin is a mission-oriented expert within the fields of education and neuro-diversity, who serves as the Vice President, Learning & Knowledge for The Jed Foundation (JED). She also is a nationally known speaker, published author, early childhood specialist, and trained special education advocate. She has dedicated her career to working in social impact, professional development, instructional design, and programmatic development to ensure families, educators, and employers have resources and support to build accessible, empathetic spaces for neuro-divergent people.
Amanda has worked in print and digital media as a writer and editor, empowering parents and educators to affirm the pivotal roles they play in children’s education. She played an integral role in launching Understood.org in 2014 and headed up a team of committed researchers, subject matter experts, and thought leaders in efforts to build knowledge about neurodiversity, to ensure the organization’s work is evidence-based, and includes the most up-to-date thinking in the field.
Amanda is the author of five books: The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education, The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book, On-the-Go Fun for Kids: More Than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy — Anytime, Anywhere!, What Is Empathy? A Bullying Storybook for Kids, and Adulting Made Easy: Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-Up Act Together.
Amanda received special education advocacy training from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. She holds a certificate in Universal Design for Learning from the UDL Implementation and Research Network, sits on the Center for Inclusive Learning (CISL) advisory council and the advisory board of Digital Promise’s Learner Variability Project.