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

And not just in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, but anywhere.

Jean is 82 years old, and talks about growing up with two parents who became deaf at a very young age. Her dad was 9 months old when he contracted mumps and lost his hearing from damage to his cochlea. At age 5 her mother was shoved into an outhouse, hit her head, and became deaf due to eardrum damage.

They both were sent by train to a Deaf school in Philadelphia and connected not at school, but on the train ride many years later. Jean shares how they met and the love story that began with a rose.

Jean also shares many stories how they were able to function at home and in their community, plus what it was like to live with parents who couldn’t hear. Jean briefly discusses how her own aging process and her health (heart issues, breast cancer, diabetes) has impacted her environment as well.

Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, United States

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