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Different Is the New Normal: Why Everyone Benefits When We Design for Disability
Sponsored by the Product Design TG
Time/Date: Wednesday, September 16 12-1 Eastern Time
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Designing for average no longer works. Instead, we should be designing for difference - and people with disabilities provide us with deep differences. The audio books that you listen to on your commute to work, the keyboard that you type on, emails that you send hourly, if not by the minute, remote controls that you use in your presentations, the captions that you view while watching Facebook videos, were all originally designed for disability but are loved by everyone. Why is innovating around disability so powerful? Because when we design for disability, we create the superpowers that we all want – to do more, to hear more, to see more, and to go further. We learn how to create ability in the absence of natural, human ability. During this keynote, Elise shares powerful and moving personal stories, inclusive design principles and business examples to empower and inspire participants to design for disability to develop groundbreaking solutions.

Elise Roy, MS, JD

Elise Roy, MS, JD, is an accessibility and inclusion Lead for Google. Elise has over 15 years of experience working with the disability community through a diverse career path. Her professional accomplishments include working as a lawyer on the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations, the first human rights treaty to be passed in the 21st century, as a marketing creative for the 2008 election campaign, and establishing an inclusive design consulting business with fortune 500 clients such as Marriott and Google. As an internationally recognized thought leader, Elise has given talks all over the world including Amazon, FedEx, Target, the United Nations, NASA, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Her TEDx talk, “When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.3 million views. Elise earned her BA in Psychology from Brown University, graduating with honors. She received her JD from Northeastern School of Law and a Masters of Social Design from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sanjay Batra

Sanjay Batra, Ph.D. is a  hardware research manager and Google and the leader for the Inclusive Hardware Program. With over 25 years of industry experience, he has worked on making technology useful, delightful, usable, affordable, and inclusive.  Sanjay experienced exclusion as he started losing his vision but was not deterred from pursuing a career in technology and he continued as a visual artist. He inspires Googlers to use empathy, creativity, and technical expertise in making the world more inclusive through technology.