Leslie Myers joined Vera in October 2010 as a Senior Program Associate for the Accessing Safety Initiative (ASI). She provides technical assistance to grantees. Leslie also collaborates on the OVW national grant on Improving the Accessibility of OVW Funded Technical Assistance and Training project and works to prepare self-advocates to work with their peers who have experienced violence and abuse. In addition, Leslie is the co-project director for the Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities grant which is funded through OVC.
Leslie has been working on issues related to violence against people with disabilities since 1994. In 1997, after losing her leg, Leslie made the issue her life’s mission while standing at the bottom of a set of stairs leading to a sexual violence agency where she was applying for an internship.
Leslie worked as the Project Director for Milwaukee’s Disability Grant Program’s multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on enhancing the capacity of service providers and improving the coordination of supports and services for women with disabilities who are victims/survivors of violence.