Djenana Jalovcic is an inclusive development practitioner with over 20 years of international experience as an educator, policy advisor, and team leader of disability and community based rehabilitation projects. She is a passionate advocate for human rights of women and men, girls and boys with disabilities. She has worked in NGOs, UN agency and academia. Djenana conceptualized, developed and directed dozens of disability inclusive health, education and social reform initiatives worth over $30 million in countries affected by human made and natural disasters, and countries in transition in Central and North America, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe.
She has experience of studying, developing and implementing technology mediated education, training and service programs for persons with disabilities and interprofessional groups of practitioners. She conducted a participatory action research with a group of women with spinal cord injury developing a successful telephone peer support group program. She also led the development of the first online continuing education program on disability, community based rehabilitation and international development.
Currently she is a doctoral student in distance education. Her research focuses on lived experiences of digital learning for students with disabilities. This research gives a voice to students with disabilities, the voice that is absent from the mainstream digital education research. She also a consultant, volunteer in her community and internationally, and teaching adjunct professor at Algoma University, Canada. Above everything else Djenana is an integrator and innovator who facilitates connections between people and ideas across sectors to create new opportunities accessible to all.