mW: Could you tell us a little about your background?On June 13, 1998, my husband Mark Leder and I went for a bicycle ride on a rural wooded bike trail in Granville, OH. After riding for a few minutes, Mark thought he heard a gunshot and slowed down to investigate. As he scanned the scene he saw a large tree falling. He shouted, “Stop!” But the warning was too late. Instantly, I was crushed by a 7,000 pound tree and paralyzed from the waist down.
mW: What is your profession?
Speaker, trainer, consultant, and author
mW: What are you passionate about?
My family and my work.
mW: Do you have any current projects?Coming home from the hospital in a wheelchair, I realized how my home intensified my disability. My husband and I knew that we had to sell our home and find something more suitable. We decided to build our home and the Universal Design Living Laboratory was born. This has been the catalyst for many of my projects.