Disability Rights Activist
Leah Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and public relations, as well as a Masters of Public Administration from Texas Tech University. She has nearly a decade’s worth of experience working in the disability rights movement, serving in a wide variety of roles including case management, marketing, and quality assurance. Ms. Smith regularly facilitates the summer program “Her Power! Her Pride! Her Voice!,” a weekend event for disabled high school girls that encourages discussion around disability pride, misogyny, and media imagery. Currently, she manages #LiveOn, a web-based, anti-suicide campaign aimed at disabled people, for the Center for Disability Rights. She has also served two terms as the Director of Public Relations for Little People of America, the largest support and advocacy group for people with dwarfism in the world. Finally, her journey to becoming a first time mom to an average-sized daughter has recently been documented in the internationally acclaimed film adaptation of Andrew Solomon’s book Far From the Tree.
Watch Leah at the 2019 MAKERS Conference: