The mission of the WVU CED is to improve the lives of West Virginians with disabilities by supporting more diverse, inclusive communities.

Why design should include everyone

Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for herself. Here she tells us what it's like to navigate the world as a little person and asks: "Who are we not designing for?"

Disability Facts

Adults with Disabilities in West Virginia are more likely to:

  •   • be inactive (47.5%)
  •   • have high blood pressure (44.9%)
  •   • smoke (40.7%)
  •   • be obese (46.9%)

In the United States, 22% of adults have some type of disability.


In West Virginia, 29.8% of adults have some type of disability.

DD Network Links

  • West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Disability Rights WV
  • AUCD

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CED North

959 Hartman Run Road
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-293-4692
(888) 829-9426
TTY: (800) 518-1448

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CED South

4510 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite B.
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: 304-720-3200

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