Donna Smith is the director of training for Easter Seals Project ACTION. Donna has over thirty years experience as a professional in the field of disability advocacy with most of those years as
a training and technical assistance specialist on disability-related laws and issues. Since 2002, she has focused specifically on transportation issues. Her areas of knowledge pertinent to accessible transportation include community approaches to implement systems change needed to improve accessible transportation, ADA rights and responsibilities, coalition building, the transit experience from the customer’s perspective, the increasing role of technology in transportation access, and the accessible pedestrian environment. Her strongest skills are the ability to communicate clearly and to help diverse groups find common ground from which to seek and create solutions. Donna understands firsthand the essential role of accessible, affordable transportation in the lives of people with disabilities, and it is both her job and her passion to help find solutions to transportation needs.
Donna is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has a daughter who lives in Jackson, MS. Donna has a Seeing Eye dog and lives in Arlington, VA. She enjoys books, music, audio described movies and travel.