About Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith

I have a passion for motivating and educating others about living the impossible through my speaking and writing. My desire is to see people of all abilities living a full and active life. I am trained as a counselor and serve as advocate, peer mentor and encourager.


I am a dynamic speaker and love to share my message of motivation and education with students, medical professionals, and faith-based groups. I welcome the opportunity to speak to your group. 


Sharing the lessons I’ve learned from 30+ years as a quadriplegic has become my passion. I hope to encourage others to live the impossible in their own lives.


Whether it’s pushing for new laws to increase accessibility or educating the public about spinal cord injury and disability, I believe I have a responsibility to advocate for people with disabilities whenever possible.

Providing education, practical solutions, resources, and hope so people can live full and productive lives.

A bit more on Jenny

When I was 16 years old, I sustained a C6-7 spinal cord injury, leaving me paralyzed from the chest down. After completing my master’s degree in counseling psychology, I distributed wheelchairs for eight years in developing countries. Currently I work with a non-profit organization supporting our workers while they live overseas. I am also a contributing writer at Bard Care. Rowing on the Ohio River and playing tennis and wheelchair rugby are just a few of the ways I enjoy staying physically active.

Audiences love Jenny’s honest yet humorous take on discussing life with a spinal cord injury.

  • Live the Impossible: How a Wheelchair Has Taken Me Places I Never Dared to Imagine
  • Hope in a Tube of Mascara: The Importance of Peer Mentors
  • What You Want to Know about SCI: The Physical, Emotional, Sexual and Spiritual Impact
  • The Life-Changing Value of Adapted Athletics
What People Have to Say

“Jenny did a wonderful job of relating her story with an emphasis in all of the right places.”- Wayne Jacks, President, Quality Life Association

“Ms. Smith has been well received by my students; I have received many positive comments on course evaluations, often stating that her presentation was a highlight of the course.”
– Dr. Gwendolyn Rinker, PhD, APRN

“Jenny’s message comes from the heart, and you feel like you’re sitting across the kitchen table talking together. I highly recommend her!”
– Cathy Fyock, Author, The Speaker Author

“Jenny’s visit to UT Martin allowed my undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology students to apply classroom facts to real life. Her presentation provided a valuable and personal learning experience for students considering careers in healthcare.”- Dr. Ann Gathers, Ph.D.

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