Coach Latrea Anita Russ
Latrea Anita Russ
Life Coach, Author & Disability Advocate
Hello, my name is Latrea Anita Russ, I live in Wilmington, NC with my sixteen-
year-old daughter and husband. I was born with a rare genetic syndrome called Pfeiffer
syndrome; this disorder causes the bones to not fuse properly. In my case the bones
did not fuse correctly in my skull which meant there were areas of my brain that was
exposed. I also had no stims to prevent my skill from crushing my brain at birth. I have
had forty plus surgeries to try and correct various issues with my skill and brain. This is
one of many reasons why my company “More than My Disability” was created.
My daughter is sixteen and she has ADHD as well as other challenges, so I
understand from a parent perspective what it is like having a child with a disability.
Here’s another reason my company “More Than My Disability” was created! My
daughter needs a haven somewhere safe to be free of the judgement. I know that
painful place and I didn’t want her to have to experience that. Helping children not feel
the pain I felt is important to me. Starting with my daughter, I can show what allowing
children to be free and truly who they are through my daughter.
Let’s shift gears to my husband. I am happily married to a man with Cerebral
Palsy. He is wheelchair bound, however that wheelchair doesn’t stop NOTHING! My
husband is a phenomenal DJ. ( I promise I am not just saying that because he’s, my
husband! LOL ) Our relationship is one of the main reasons “More Than My Disability”
exists. People have this incorrect perception that individuals with disabilities don’t have
successful relationships, don’t have sex, and don’t have children. Truth is there are
many of us within this community that have great marriages, children etc. The barrier is
being apart of a world that doesn’t see nor hear us! A world that assumes the word
DISABILTY means fully incapable.
My company “More Than My Disability” was created to show those who live a
similar lifestyle as me the endless possibilities. It’s not easy living in a world that
doesn’t see nor hear you. My intentions are to advocate for those like me and educate
those who are unaware of me and my community. Recently I’ve become apart of the
Our Children’s Story, Inc board and offer services through this organization. I along with
Mia Lee and Libra J. Hicks serve on the board of directors, offering our time and
services to help the disability community while educating typical society.