Chicago, IL June 10, 2017
Disabled by Design; Designed by Choice

Design is often the first obstacle we face as people that disables us. Adopting the social model of disability changes the mindset of designers to be inclusive and, ultimately, better designers. This talk is an overview of prevailing attitudes towards disability within design from video games to civil engineering and how it filters disastrously into culture from discrimination on OKCupid to broader oppression. How did design break accessibility in software? What are we doing to fix this? Is this the right thing to do?