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

And not just in Woodbridge, Virginia, but anywhere.

Maggie is 30 years old and was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) when she was 18 years old. She was at the beach on a family trip, just prior to the start of her undergraduate college program, when she felt overall weakness in her arms and legs that progressively worsened.

Within two weeks Maggie went from completely functional to completely debilitated in a hospital bed. Maggie was able to make a full recovery from the acute exacerbation of symptoms associated with this rare neurological disorder, which took around 13 months.

Maggie’s experience with GBS inspired her to pursue a career as an occupational therapist, as she understands the impact short term disability has on leisure activities, functional mobility within the home and community, and participating in meaningful life activities.

Location: Woodbridge, Virginia, United States

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