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

And not just in Grottoes, VA, but anywhere.

Daniel was born three months earlier than expected. He had a lack of oxygen going to his brain and experienced some bleeding which led to Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, which means that all of his limbs are affected. He weighed only 2 pounds and 4 ounces. With all the complications, he was in an incubator in the NICU for many months. Now in his 20s, he shares what it was like to grow up as someone with a disability, and how that has impacted him into his adult life in work, relationships, mental health, and connecting with others who have similar experiences to him.

Daniel enjoys writing poetry and going to movies with his friends. He is going through courses to become a pastor, and currently works in advocating for more inclusive wellness opportunities in his community. He’s constantly trying to become independent and shares ways homes, community places, and events in the community can be more welcoming.

Location: Grottoes, VA, United States


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