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

And not just in Bridgewater, Virginia, but anywhere.

In September 2017, Tabitha had an unexpected accident that changed how she was able to take care of her family (she has three kids), and participate in the community.

One day she and her daughters decided to go for a bike ride and she scooped up their little dog into her arms to go with them. Unfortunately she forgot that she needed to brake the bike on her handlebars with both hands and as she was going down a hill she lost control, swerved, and crashed. She broke her tibia and her tibial plateau in her right leg and required a surgery with lots of plates and pins.

Many say “oh it’s just a broken leg”, but Tabitha explains even almost 9 months after her injury, she’s still recovering. It impacts things she does at home and community, plus leisure pursuits like shopping, gardening, and walking long distances.

Location: Bridgewater, Virginia, United States

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