Charlie Downs's story helps us understand who to include in "design that's usable by all people."

And not just in Waynesboro, Virginia, but anywhere.

Charlie was diagnosed with polio in 1944 when he was only 6 years of age. Not only does he have the perspective of living with a disability for over 70 years, but he also brings prior work experience and knowledge in accessible design. He is a well-known advocate for accessibility and has served on multiple city boards in his community.

Charlie offers a unique perspective as he discusses his life living with a disability prior to the issue of access and the ADA even being addressed. He shares a wealth of information regarding the design of homes, the community, and general advice for living life more fully.

Location: Waynesboro, Virginia, United States

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