Leonard Blades

USS Graduate Delegate, Student Association


I was born on September 9, 1989 in Brooklyn, NY. From birth, I was diagnosed with the condition of Arthrogryposis which affects the muscle growth in a person’s body through areas such as one’s hand and legs. Therefore, I lack the muscle strength needed in order to be able to walk and my primary means of traveling is using a wheelchair. Despite that, I’ve never let that stop me from enjoying and making the most out of life. My family is my biggest support system. My mom and my older sister always encouraged me and never made me feel that I had to live my life with restrictions because I was physically challenged. While growing up, my dad often told me “Never settle for less, always strive for the best.” To this day, those words are instilled within me and have positively influenced me throughout my life, especially when it came to getting an education. With that said, graduating from college and getting my BA in Psychology was one of the proudest moments of my life. It was a prime example that hard work does indeed pay off. As I’ve gotten older, there are two quotes that I try to live by.

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”

These quotes are a reminder to me that an important aspect of life is taking chances and having the courage to put yourself out there no matter whether you succeed or fail. Everything in life is a learning experience and I believe you may discover your true potential with the more life experience you have.

Recent Publications

Leonard Blades Appointed to University Student Senate Steering Committee

October 29, 2018

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to announce that MS in Disability Services in Higher Education student Leonard Blades has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair of Disabled Student Affairs on the University Student Senate (USS) Steering Committee for the 2018-2019 academic year.