Jenna Gensic

Freelance writer/editor and manager of


May 2011       Master of Arts in English                             Indiana University, South Bend, IN

May 2005       Bachelor of Arts in English                         St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

May 2005       Secondary Education Certificate           St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

Honors and Distinctions

2010 & 2013   Listener Commentary Radio Essays, South Bend NPR WVPE 88.1

2011                Wolfson Writing Award                     Indiana University, South Bend, IN      Nonfiction First Place

2010                Wolfson Writing Award                     Indiana University, South Bend, IN      Nonfiction Second Place

2009                Wolfson Writing Award                     Indiana University, South Bend, IN      Nonfiction Honorable Mention

2005                Advanced Composition Award      St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

2005                English Department Award             St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

Speaking Experience

2022 & 2023   Presentations to Exceptional Education classes at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

2021   Diversity With Dignity Global Roundtable: The Importance of Accessing Autistic Expertise

2021   Bartholomew County Library Presentation: Neurodiversity 101: Tips for promoting autism acceptance and raising more confident and capable Autistic children

2020   IUSB Presentation to SLP students

2019   Keynote Gravens Conference on the Environment of Care for High Risk Newborns

2019   Presentations to staff at Beacon Children’s Hospital NICU, South Bend

2011   NICU Parent Panel Participant, Beacon Children’s Hospital, South Bend

2009   March of Dimes South Bend Mom of the Year Presentation

2008   March of Dimes South Bend Ambassador Family Presentation

Teaching Experience

2019-2021   High School Writing Tutor

2010-2013        Middle School Writing Tutor

2005-2010        High School English Teacher of Lit. and Comp. English 10, American Lit., British Lit., Speech, Great Books Shared Inquiry

Writing/Other Work Experience

2015-present   Creator and manager of, a website connecting parents and caregivers with voices and expertise from the autistic community. I regularly interview individuals on the spectrum that are published on this website and write autism-related blog posts based on autistic expertise. I also have a Twitter and FB account devoted to supporting this mission.

2012-present  SEO freelance writing, web articles, social media, website design, webpage copywriting, project management

2012                      ND Doctoral Dissertation Editing


2021                [Under contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers] The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy: Step-by-step advice on how to ally and speak up with Autistic people and the autism community

2019                What Your Child on the Spectrum Really Needs: Advice From 12 Autistic Adults (Autism Asperger’s Publishing Company)

2019                Parent Reflections From the NICU: A Guidebook for NICU Staff (Beacon Children’s Hospital, South Bend, IN)

2013                “At Least We’re Going To Be Okay” Courier (St. Mary’s College Alumnae Magazine)

2013                But I Did Everything Right (self-published collection of personal essays)

2012                “That Other Family” Currents (IUSB Literary Journal) personal essay contribution

2011       May Memoir Contest Winner

2011                The H.A.V.E.N. Newsletter story contribution

2008                Ronald McDonald House Charities Newsletter story contribution

*See additional web-published samples in the Work Samples tab.