Disabled people are the original lifehackers. We spend our lives cultivating an intuitive creativity that allows us to navigate a world that is not built for our bodies. It is this level of integration that designers strive for in the design thinking process.
Design for disability can lead to accessible solutions, but leaves disabled people feeling voiceless and without an identity. By bringing disabled people into the design process, designers will learn how to incorporate accessibility into a broader disability culture and identity.
Does disability design always need to present a solution? Does disability design always need to be inspiring? Or can disability design bend and twist and shift and finally allow disabled people to have a say in the worksings of the world.
By applying design thinking to disability, Liz Jackson and Lawrence Carter Long will lead attendees to discover who disabled people are rather than what disabled people need.