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I was a bit worried when the author mentioned being mom to a kid with Down's syndrome, that this might be from an outside perspective about what's good for disabled people; but this book is actually full of very human accounts of being disabled and navigating the world, and the author lets these disabled people tell the reader what's good for themselves.
I appreciated learning the history of the Independent Living Movement, and about Deafspace, and the complexities of a life that relies on machines for basic functions. I would've loved a book twice as long! But this book certainly packs a lot of information, perspective, and compassion at the length it is.
This book deserves a read by anyone interested in disability justice, disability history, or human diversity in general.
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EmberMantles | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 1, 2024 |
Artist, design researcher, writer, teacher, and parent Hendren examines the title question as well as "who is the world designed for?" (and how can it be different?). By examining prosthetics, chairs, indoor spaces (such as Gaulludet University and an independent living setting for people with dementia), outdoor spaces (e.g. city sidewalks and streets), and time, she reveals many people's stories and examples of technology and tools that help us interact with the world, from an OXO Good Grips vegetable peeler to custom cardboard chairs.

See also: Disability Visibility; The Design of Everyday Things


Is a desirable future one that only restores what was lost? Or is a new set of possibilities asking to be imagined, or reimagined? (Author's Note)

Who is the world designed for? (10)

The idea of normalcy - a normal, average body or mind - is so ubiquitous and mundane that it's settled into sleep in much of our collective cultural imagination. (10)

Medical vs social models of disability (15)

Which choices are the ones that matter, and would we make the same choices if and when the misfit story becomes ours? (30)

Design for the Real World, Victor Papanek, 1971: "shroud design," a preoccupation with the way things look on the outside, at the expense of how they should function and how robustly and sustainably they're made. (77)

"the dark twins of styling and obsolescence" (Papanek, 78)

Universal design, Ronald Mace (83)

Other disabled students made the connection: Must we accept and bend to the norms of the institution? Or can we insist, together, that the institution also bend for us? (Rolling Quads at Berkeley, 116)

Dementia: confusion --> anxiety --> agitation --> pharmacology --> passivity (De Hogeweyk in Weesp, 154)

Is the clock of industrial time built for bodies at all?
The pace set in contemporary schools and workplaces presumes a form of able-bodied productivity, and ideal of speed and efficiency. (167) and technologies both follow, and lead, and follow again from the ideals that cultures value. (Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization, 1934, p. 174)

Economic productivity - a life performed in normative, regulated time - is still the unquestioned and overwhelmingly dominant metric for human worth. (180)

interrogative design (Krzysztof Wodiczko) - making things not only for solving problems, but to ask questions (202)

social imagination (Maxine Greene) is "thinking of things as if they could be otherwise." (203)
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JennyArch | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jul 12, 2022 |



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