In ten years of doing research and collaborations and being mentored, I’ve learned to see disabled people as doing the most creative work that is also the most urgent work of body meeting world. And I think it’s really critical to keep both of these things closely together.
I think we need to start thinking critically about things that we perceive as wholesome. Empathy has become a big business, and we ought to be able to examine it. Everyone’s always trying to diagnose disabled people. But I’m gonna have a little bit of fun. And I’m actually gonna diagnose all of you.
I want to talk about a general disposition toward ability and disability that I try to embody in my own work and the work that I do with students. That disposition is a kind of productive uncertainty in engineering and design.