Social-minded Design

Disability and Social-Minded Design

Yes, design takes craft, but it also requires deeply observing and questioning the world around you, engaging communities, and maybe even using guerilla tactics. Enter: Sara Hendren–artist, design researcher, writer, professor at Olin College of Engineering and all-around badass. Much of Sara’s work focuses on assistive and adaptive technologies, as well as disability rights and advocacy.

Our penultimate episode of season 3 explores the intersection of design, disability and accessibility. Join Miya and Tina as Sara explains the origins of her Accessibility Icon Project, unpacks considering disability as a social model versus a medical model, and shares her belief that “design has it’s best work when it’s poking on the status quo.”

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