Accessibility is about 'every body'

Suzan Jennings was 46 and at the height of her career in corporate sales when suddenly she was paralyzed from the neck down.

At St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare nervous disorder, and told she would never walk again.

She did, though, and in fact last Friday walked out of the Parksville Starbucks, albeit leaning on the arm of a reporter because her legs at times cease to function and turn to jelly.

Jennings never knows what each day will bring. It can be anything from bedridden to her wheelchair to walking with a cane and relatively pain-free.

And that's a lesson for everyone, she says. Accessibility and mobility issues aren't just about blind people or people in wheelchairs or people with strange diseases; they're about everyone. “We're all living longer,” she says. “We're all going to need assistance at some point.”

Brian Wilford Reports

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