As a young girl growing up in poverty and abuse, Linda Smith faced insurmountable challenges that would have left most people broken and defeated. During her troubled youth she was pressed to find her voice and become a self-advocate, or lose her voice and become a victim. As a new mother the world told her yet again to “give up,” as her baby boy was born with Down syndrome and a disclaimer and expiration date. It was said, “Your son will be a burden. He won’t live long. Give him up to an institution and move on!” Since that time, Linda Smith has made it her life’s mission to be a champion for all people with disabilities.
Linda Smith is mother, wife, philanthropist, author, fundraiser, public speaker, disability advocate, and storyteller. Learn about Linda’s Life now.