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

And not just in Fishersville, VA, but anywhere.

Over five years ago, Janice was diagnosed with a noncancerous tumor located behind her left eye. The tumor was the size of a golf ball and had attached to her optic nerve. She started tasting metal in her mouth and would get pictures or songs stuck in her head on repeat. She’d also have episodes of not remember where she was or struggling to speak or understand what others were saying. The surgery was successful in removing the tumor, but she developed some double vision after the procedure, and continues to have episodes of focal onset aware seizures due to the scar tissue in her brain. This has changed how she uses her home and community, plus has an impact on transportation and things she does socially.

Location: Fishersville, VA, United States


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