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Stephen Gilson and Liz DePoy
Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
Disability is often thought of as an object in need of change. Accordingly, products designed for disabled populations aim to improve function and help individuals adapt to their environments. Curiously and often unrecognized, products designed for the atypical and extreme human often find their way into mainstream use, improving the world for everyone. This presentation analyzes the process of disability product to commercial success. We illustrate the “disability” genesis of products such as Doc Marten footwear, speech-to-text and text-to-speech software and applications, automated doors, and closed captioning.
University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
2017 University of Maine Student Symposium: Research & Creative Activity
disability, social change
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Clifford, J. and Students in DIS 300 – Disability: Interaction of Human Diversity and Global Environments. (2017, April). Flippin’ our brains: Disability benefits everyone. (PDF). Poster presented at the 2017 University of Maine Student Symposium: Research & Creative Activity. Bangor, ME.