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Everyone Is Disabled (Sometimes)

taught by: Michael Moore

co-presented by: David Dauber

Session Summary:

From an accessibility standpoint disability comes in many forms. Whether it is situational, temporary or permanent anyone of us can become a member of the disabled community at any time. In this course, you will experience a variety of temporary and situational disabilities as you work to complete a few simple tasks.

Description:

In December of 2016, Michael Moore found out what it was like to have a disability. While on a treacherous, downhill bike ride on a wet road, Michael lost control of his bicycle and ended up on the ground. That Christmas he received an unexpected present, a new hip. He quickly found out how hard it was to navigate around his house from his walker. His house was not built with accessibility in mind. Even though he had spent many years making the digital world accessible, he now struggled with the dilemma of how to get through narrow doors and hallways and in and out of the shower. He also thought about his grandmother and how she became blind due to glaucoma. This leads to a great discussion about how anyone can become disabled. In this conversation, Michael Moore and David Dauber discuss life-changing events and compare being born with a disability to developing a disability later in life.

Mike and Dave playfully explore everyday scenarios where accessibility is still an issue. For example, have you ever tried to get a paper towel from a two-handed dispenser with one hand? Or, have you ever tried typing while holding the phone in one hand? Do you ever have trouble reading a website on your phone? By showing a few videos and simulation websites, they explore misconceptions of people with disabilities, what it’s like to have ADHD and colorblindness. This session is conducted as a conversation rather than a lecture. Audience participation makes this session both eye-opening and thought-provoking. People attending this session should leave with empathy for people that have disabilities and ultimately the importance of accessibility for everyone.

Practical Skills:

  • Empathy for people with disabilities.
  • Why make things accessible?
  • How accessibility improves life for everyone
  • not just people with disabilities..