Billy Price of Billy Footwear - Universal Design with Fashion in Mind
The Disability Guru, Dr. Michelle Hernandez, catches up with Billy Price, co-founder and designer of her new favorite line of shoes, Billy Footwear, which she happened to find in her local Nordstrom's. Universal design means that everyone can wear these fashionable kicks, and Billy's own story of how he came to design these shoes is a bit of a kick, too!
After breaking his neck from a three-story fall in October of 1996, Billy Price became paralyzed from the chest down and lost the ability to move much of his body, including his fingers. Not only did he suddenly face mobility challenges, but daily tasks that he took for granted, such as putting on clothes, became much more difficult.
Between Billy’s propensity for problem-solving and co-Founder Darin Donaldson’s spark for business innovation, they created a prototype that fulfilled Billy’s personal needs.
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