The City of Pasadena recognizes Zebreda Dunham as a recipient of this year’s Robert Gorski Access Award


PASADENA, California – The City of Pasadena is proud to recognize Zebreda Dunham as a recipient of the 2022 Robert Gorski Access Award – an award established by the city’s Accessibility and Disability Commission and presented annually to a Pasadena resident with a disability , which makes a significant contribution to improving accessibility and quality of life for people with disabilities. Zebreda will be honored at the City Council meeting on Monday 25th July.

Zebreda was born in 1978 with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC). The symptoms of AMC are physical and can vary greatly in scope and severity from one person to another. Typically, people with AMC have joint stiffness that affects the range of motion of their legs and arms.

Zebreda’s life has been filled with extraordinary challenges and achievements. She moved to Pasadena in 2005 and has been a familiar face across the city ever since. Referring to herself as “MacGyver”, Zebreda is known for her work in designing, creating, modifying and customizing a wide range of tools, gadgets and gadgets that support activities of daily living, many of which are viewed on her YouTube channel can become. Zebreda makes it work! Their work enjoys an international following of people with disabilities, assistive technology specialists, designers, engineers and service providers working on accessible products ranging from simple DIY tools to high-tech interfaces. Zebreda has participated in projects from Google and Apple and was the first recipient of RESNA’s Do-It-Yourself Assistive Technology competition for her modification of a key turner. In 2015 she was invited to a virtual presentation at the Enable Makeathon in Bangalore, India.

Always with a smile and a positive attitude, Zebreda has made Pasadena a more inclusive and welcoming city. In recent years, she has helped the city’s Accessibility and Disability Commission initiate Pasadena’s annual Adaptive Sports Festival and integrate accessibility features into the Union Street Protected Bike Lane Project.

Zebreda is also an avid sports enthusiast and a member of the SoCal Vaqueros Power Soccer Club. She encourages others across Southern California to participate in adaptive sports. Find out more about Zebreda.

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