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Identity, Diversity and Inclusion | Lean In Seattle

BILLY Footwear is honored to participate in this month's Lean In Seattle workshop, Foundation & Movement Series: Identity, Diversity & Inclusion.  Please join us on Saturday, February 4 at Galvanize in Pioneer Square.  Doors open at 9am.  This month's workshop tackles one of the most pressing issues in today's world: diversity and inclusion. The workshop will provide individuals with the opportunity to develop their own narrative - "who am I" - in this conversation, include an overview of the wealth of D&I initiatives and goals in Seattle, and dive into how each individual can contribute to inclusion in our community. This will be a powerful workshop for everyone who wants to participate in creating authenticity and belonging for all in...

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Designing for the Full Range of Human Experience | Open to All

JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 18, 2017 THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN 1010 WESTERN AVENUE, SEATTLE, WA 98104 | 206.667.9184    A woman pulls a rolling suitcase up a curb ramp in a city sidewalk.  A box-laden customer opens a shop’s power door with the touch of a hip. Young people around their cell phones, texting. Our environment is full of innovations – curb cuts, power doors, texting — that were designed to support people with disabilities, but benefit all members of our community.   At the same time, our world is still full of places and things designed for a mythical “average user,” not for the majority of us who don’t fit that standard description. A light switch that’s too high, a touch-screen kiosk that requires good vision: these challenges are all around us. One size does not...

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BILLY Footwear Adaptive Shoes Take Anyone, Anywhere | Seattle Magazine

The zippered shoe designed by Billy Price appeals to kids who need help with laces, grown-ups with arthritis and anyone in a hurry  BILLY PRICE DESIGNS ADAPTIVE SHOES THAT WORK FOR ANYBODY Walking into Billy Price’s Capitol Hill condo, you notice the exceptional view of downtown, the plush lounge chair perfect for brainstorming startup dreams, and Price himself, a quadriplegic. Drawing less attention are his leather Oxford shoes with a subtle zipper around the toe. Price, who became quadriplegic after a 1996 accident that occurred during his first week at the University of Washington, has enough dexterity to dress himself, but shoes have been a challenge. His solution? Billy Footwear. “The root problem was not being able to tie laces...

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Getting Off His Feet and into Success | Focus FAA

One month after his accident, Billy Price hit rock bottom. Sitting in bed at a Seattle hospital, the 19-year-old, first-year college student faced a future in which he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Twenty years ago this past Oct. 9, Price had accidentally fallen from a third-story window, breaking his neck and back on the sidewalk below. He was essentially paralyzed from the neckline down. He could only move his arms slightly, but he had no hand function. But his fighting spirit and the welcoming arms of the FAA has allowed Price not only to establish a promising career, but to flourish at the agency, where he has moved up the ladder to...

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An Open-and-Shut Case for Zipper Shoes | Seattle Business Magazine

AN OPEN-AND-SHUT CASE FOR ZIPPER SHOES: BILLY FOOTWEAR Paralyzed from the chest down in 1996 after breaking his neck in a three-story fall, Billy Price longed to put his on shoes by himself. It’s something he struggled with for years. He also wanted shoes more fashionable than the adaptive ones available on the market for people with spinal cord injuries. A project manager for the Federal Aviation Administration who lives in Seattle, Price kept thinking about making stylish shoes that could be worn not just by those with disabilities, but also by young children, older people and anyone else who might have difficulty with conventional footwear.Price found a partner to bring his vision to life in late 2011 when he...

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