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Digital Wheel Art

"Digital Wheel Art is an interactive system that helps individuals with disabilities express themselves in artistic ways. It also gives general audiences an opportunity to explore and rethink disabilities through art."

Younghyun Chung - Graduate student researcher

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Posted by: knann on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.

"Build it and they will come!" This is a must see video to understand how the technology tools can unleash the creativity within. Although the video highlights a child using a wheelchair to direct artistic expression,I can see it used universally. Additionally, pairing the same movement with musical notes could take this tool to a new level of multimedia expression.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability