Jordan Reeves is smiling at the camera. She has long brown hair and is wearing a black, pink, yellow, and white striped sweater.

Jordan Reeves: Co-Founder, Born Just Right

The #SheInnovates stories team sat down with Jordan Reeves to discuss the role of women in innovation. Get involved at She Innovates Global.  

#SheInnovates Stories: Innovation is solving the world's problems. What problem are you solving?

Jordan Reeves: I’m trying to solve how people see disability. I think disability allows you to create things in new ways because we see the world differently.

#SheInnovates: When did you realize your innovation was a breakthrough?

JR: I created something fun: A 3D printed prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. When people noticed what I was doing, they were really happy. I realized the attention I was getting was showing disability as a positive thing. That’s when I knew I wanted to help other kids design fun and helpful things of their own. We should all see disability as an opportunity.

#SheInnovates: What were some unexpected obstacles you overcame in the innovation process?

JR: I discovered that some adults make assumptions about disability, and have a hard time hearing new ideas—especially from kids. I learned to speak up and if I’m ignored, I get help from other adults who are advocates.

#SheInnovates: What inspires you to love your work?

JR: The joy it brings to everyone. I love seeing people having fun creating new ideas.

#SheInnovates: What do you hope that young women coming behind you take from your work?

JR: Believe in yourself and follow your heart. It doesn’t matter how you look. You can come up with new ideas.

#SheInnovates: Why are women in innovation important?

JR: Because women are changing the world, with views and innovations we haven’t seen before. Women are strong and lead the way!

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Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.