WVU CED

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

How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars

Wanda Diaz Merced studies the light emitted by gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic events in the universe. When she lost her sight and was left without a way to do her science, she had a revelatory insight: the light curves she could no longer see could be translated into sound. Through sonification, she regained mastery over her work, and now she's advocating for a more inclusive scientific community. "Science is for everyone," she says. "It has to be available to everyone, because we are all natural explorers."

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%)
22%

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

29.8%

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
cedcontact@hsc.wvu.edu

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CED South

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

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