Leigh Ann Davis, M.S.S.W., M.P.A.
Program Manager, Justice Initiatives
With almost 20 years of experience in the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disability) and criminal justice field, Ms. Davis has worked with both disability and criminal justice professionals and agencies, as well as self-advocates, to build stronger lines of open communication and understanding between these two worlds. She has authored numerous publications, including curricula, scholarly articles, fact sheets and brochures on a broad array of topics (including victims, offenders/suspects, death penalty, victims with FASD) and presented at state, national and international conferences to enlighten others about the unique issues faced by people with I/DD in the criminal justice system. Ms. Davis serves as The Arc’s subject matter expert related to criminal justice issues and as consultant for other agencies, such as The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center and Vera Institute of Justice. As a childhood survivor of sexual abuse, she intuitively understands the challenges victims face and their need for timely and effective support, and brings this passion to the goal of ensuring people with I/DD have access to accommodations in the criminal justice system, whether suspect, offender or victim.