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      Dr. Donna R. Walton, the author of Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces, had dreams of international stardom. All it took was one diagnosis at the age of eighteen to turn her life upside down. Through the power of reinvention, Walton got her a new lease on life. Through thousands of hours working with other amputees, staring in “The Retreat” web series showcasing her disability, to receiving national recognition from the National Disability Institute, and being featured on C-SPAN for her community-building projects surrounding the beauty of being a black woman with a disability, Walton credits her unforeseen success through life's journey that asks the question, “what’s a leg got to do with it?” 

      Her latest endeavor as the founder of the Divas With Disabilities Project™ has made an unprecedented impact in disability and women of color communities as a hub for thoughtful discussion on issues, self-love, and showing up, unapologetically in all forms of media. She also is producing a film documentary “Divas with Disabilities” that explores the lived experiences of African American women who live with physical disability in the United States.  Dr. Walton earned her bachelor’s degree in 1979 from American University; a master’s degree in 1985 in Adult Education from Syracuse University; and, in 2005, a doctoral degree in Counseling from The George Washington University.

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