On October 18, the assistive technology community lost a long-time friend. Donna Potter-Garcia passed away peacefully at Center Park, her home for over 20 years. At Center Park, Donna was serving as president of their resident council when the idea of the STAR Center was born – an assistive technology computer center, open to the public and free of any costs to use. STAR would offer the latest in assistive technology devices, something that was difficult, if not impossible, for people living in public housing to obtain. While not a techie herself, Donna understood the need for digital literacy and access for all people and got to work writing a grant to get funding for what would become the Special Technology Access Resource (STAR) Center.
Donna was a tireless leader, advocate, and friend. At her memorial service, it was a pleasure to remember her with others who knew and loved her. She was a tenacious advocate and willing to “come to blows,” for causes important to her heart. We will miss seeing Donna in her office, rolling through the community and especially at the STAR Center where she was often a strong and welcoming presence.