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

And not just in Staunton, Virginia, but anywhere.

Miriam and Daniel Burrows share about their three-year old daughter Cordelia, who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in August of 2017, to help others learn more about how this disorder has impacted their life. Rett Syndrome is a rare postnatal genetic neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls, caused by a mutation on the MECP2 gene. This mutation leads to severe impairments which impact nearly all aspects of an individual’s life. Symptoms generally start to emerge between 6 to 18 months of age. Typically, the skills a child has acquired associated with motor development will stagnate, and eventually start to regress.

Cordelia’s parents discuss the joy their daughter brings to their life, as well as the challenges they anticipate as she gets older regarding their home and participating in the community.

Location: Staunton, Virginia, United States


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