Chris and Becky Grandle's story helps us understand who to include in "design that's usable by all people."

And not just in Stuarts Draft, VA, but anywhere.

Chris was born in 1954 with Spina Bifida where his neural tube (which develops the spinal cord) was opened and broke, causing the spinal cord to not develop properly while he was still in the womb.

The type of Chris’ Spina Bifida is called myelomeningocele, in which his spinal cord was exposed to the air at birth. Consequently, he was born paralyzed from the waist down and used braces/crutches, and as he’s aged he’s using a wheelchair more.

He was encouraged by parents and doctors throughout his live as normally as possible and now at 60+ years of age has a wealth of knowledge to share. He also grew up prior to any of the accessibility laws in the US, so his story is quite fascinating.

Location: Stuarts Draft, VA, United States

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