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Demetrice Smith


Dr. Demetrice Smith is a writer, entrepreneur, mentor, ordained Elder, and community activist with over 20 years of professional experience in developing leaders and equipping individuals toward strategic and destined growth and purpose. A skilled and credentialed teacher and master facilitator, Dr. Smith frequently develops customized corporate, small business, and individualized training programs and curricula and seminars on a wide range of topics. Her success as a special needs advocate and community liaison has helped thousands of individuals and families with an intellectual or developmental disability obtain opportunities for inclusion, engagement, and more fulfilling lives of independence and excellence.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and holds bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Communications, a Master of Science Degree in Leadership, and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Walden University. She is an ordained minister by the State of Texas and holds a Master Coaching Certification from The Association for Talent Development.

As a personal and professional coach, Demetrice uses her talents and skills to empower others to develop and execute strategies for professional, personal, organizational, and purposeful goals. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Creeping Vines Online, a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to brain health awareness and education.

Project Title 

You’re Included: Empowering Communities Through Awareness, Accessibility, and Accommodation

Project Description 

Smith has created a community pilot project to assess the accessibility standards of businesses and organizations. In collaboration with a local grocery store, the pilot project will allow self-advocate community members to provide recommendations on improvements and accommodations that would enhance their shopping experience. Participating grocery stores will be given a “You’re Included” window sticker to identify their location as a place that is committed to creating more accessible pathways for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to be independent in their communities.