Don and Donna Shiflet's story helps us understand who to include in "design that's usable by all people."

And not just in Mcgaheysville, Virginia, but anywhere.

Donna had treatment for cancer back in the 1970s and experienced gradual loss of mobility over the past 15 years due to the radiation not being as pinpointed as it should have, plus additional back surgeries and aging caused permanent changes. Her diagnosis was called Post Radiation Plexopathy and she eventually became a paraplegic. She went from using canes, to walkers and scooters, to eventually a power chair.

Her husband, Don, is the primary person who helps her take care of things when she needs assistance. They had time to adjust to the changes as her progression was gradual; however, their life experience has given them a great perspective in speaking into what is needed for increased independence at home and in the community.

Location: Mcgaheysville, Virginia, United States


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