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

And not just in Illinois, but anywhere.


I was injured and paralyzed in a car accident at the age of 13 and now use a power wheelchair to navigate my community and move around the world.

I am an artist and also founder and director of a nonprofit called BACKBONES, for people with spinal cord injury. My work requires travel and event planning – so I encounter good design and bad terrible not-accessible design in every aspect of travel, hospitality, event planning…and my own housing experiences.

Housing and Health

As an adult with a disability finding affordable and accessible housing has been a challenge. When inquiring about apartments or homes most don’t understand what ACCESS really means and how it impacts the independence and autonomy of individuals with disabilities. Lack of accessible housing impacts EVERY aspect of life -from mental health and feelings of isolation – to safety entering/exiting the home or bathrooms – to the foods we are able to prepare in our kitchens!

Location: Illinois, United States