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Getting Off His Feet and into Success | Focus FAA

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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...

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Billy Price shares some accomplishments, challenges and opportunities he's encountered in the field of engineering | DO-IT, University of Washington

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Billy Price shares some accomplishments, challenges and opportunities he's encountered in the field of engineering | DO-IT, University of Washington

AccessEngineering: Improving engineering fields by increasing the participation of people with disabilities and incorporating their perspectives and expertise. One of the best skills I learned while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Washington was not actually "engineering" per se; it was the ability to problem solve. The engineering curriculum required a mountain of prerequisites followed by an ocean of required program courses. Math, chemistry, physics, statics, dynamics, statistics, computer programming—all were appetizers before the main course. Once I was in the program, it was on to thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, system dynamics, material sciences, and design. Each class required its own...

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