Who's Larry?

Larry Woody is a retired blind mechanic who operated his own auto repair shop, D&D Automotive, in Cottage Grove, Oregon for 10 years. Until his vision was taken in a car accident in 2002, Larry was an avid racer and car enthusiast. His accident didn't hold him back. Larry now volunteers for Community Sharing in Cottage Grove and for other organizations in the Pacific Northwest. 

Larry hopes that this website will help others to continue to move forward, despite any obstacles in the way. 

Photo of Larry Woody from Popular Mechanics magazine 2010 Larry's Story: Teaching by Example

April 16, 2002 - 

When Larry was traveling on Interstate-5 in Oregon, a tractor-trailer crossed the center median, striking Larry and his car head on. Amazingly, Larry survived the wreck, but his sight was lost forever. 

Larry had broken ribs, a lower back fracture, and several lacerations to his knees and legs in the accident. But, his face and eyes were severely damaged. He underwent a 7.5 hour surgery, as doctors essentially rebuilt his face from his jawbones to his eyebrows, but they were not able to save his eyesight.

Today, Larry is now retired after running a successful auto repair shop in Cottage Grove, Oregon for 10 years. He now volunteers at Community Sharing and aims to mentor other people with disabilities to continue to pursue their dreams. 

Recent Volunteer Work

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My Choice

"I just want to let people out there (that have a disability) know...they have a choice to make - to give up, or take the disability and continue on with their lives because they can. If I can work on cars, run my shop, drive cars... then there are things they can do as well, if they really choose to do it." - Larry Woody

"Some people wake up and say 'Oh man, I've gotta go to work.' I get up and say 'Oh man, I get to go to work.'" - Larry Woody, in an article in Guideposts, July 2007

"I've always wanted to work. I like to stay busy. As far as my blindness and employment, I will make it work." - Larry Woody