August 2020 Newsletter: Meet the Staff: Jed Barton
Meet Jed Barton, history buff, trivia expert, and fervid advocate of cultural change.
Jed brings to his job a passion for enhancing the lives of the Independent Living community. He splits his time between communicating with advocates, legislative committees, working on public policy initiatives and assisting disabled people navigate the confusing maze of government regulations, applications, and independent living skills.
Jed has cerebral palsy and autism. He grew up in Billings and felt he was fortunate to have completed “nine-tenths” of his education in mainstream classrooms where he received the help he needed to succeed. His efforts resulted in a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science from Montana State University Billings. While attending MSUB, Jed participated in the university’s College Bowl team, which won the Northwest Regional three consecutive years, earning three trips to Nationals. Jed believes every disabled person deserves these types of academic opportunities.
Before joining LIFTT ten years ago, Jed worked as a journalist and for Montana political campaigns. He finds it rewarding to apply his knowledge to help LIFTT consumers achieve their personal goals. He also finds fulfillment in his work throughout the country to foster cultural and political change.
With a head for trivia and a heart for change, Jed strives to provide full access for the disabled, and to reach more people who will benefit from LIFTT resources.