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5:00pm
  Disability in the "Gadget Era": Designing Access before (and after) the ADA  
(Academic)

In this talk, Bess Williamson will describe the efforts in postwar America--a period of tremendous technological and economic growth--to adapt everyday technologies for use by people with physical disabilities. In contrast to legally mandated changes that came into effect starting in the 1970s, technical interventions by medical caregivers, family members, and people with disabilities themselves tended to focus on the personal and intimate, rather than the public and universal. She will conclude the talk with some notes on current design experiments that seek to fill a gap left in legal measures such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Location: Torgersen Hall Room 1060
Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: CLAHS Diversity Committee, STS Program, and the Philosophy Department
Contact: Professor Ashley Shew Heflin
E-Mail: shew@vt.edu
(540) 231-1810
   
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