In-class AB for “Disabled by Design” By: Kennedy Herring and Iman Muhyedin

Gordon, Clark Miller and Claire. “How a Lack of Imagination in Technological Design Harms the Disabled.” Slate. New America, 26 Feb. 2015. Web. 09 Feb. 2016. In their article “Disabled by Design”, Clark Miller and Claire Gordon state that “the future consists of constant improvements in technology to improve the lives of disabled individuals”. It further explains “the ADA was not simply a declaration of the rights of people with disabilities, but a profound statement that the problem of disability was not inherent to bodies but rather a result of poor technological design”. The authors used secondary research as well as a study conducted on women in the army to support their thesis. The purpose of the article is to make a call for action among architects and engineers to create structures that are accommodating for people of all abilities. The intended audience is architects and engineers who are looking to design environments for everyone. This source is useful because information on how technology should be more of aid to those who are disabled and how designers of public space should be more considerate of disabled...

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  Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/Thinkstock Authors Clark Miller, professor at ASU in the school of Future Innovation in Society, and Claire Gordon, researcher in the school of Future Innovation in Society at ASU came together to create the article entitled “Disabled by Design: How a lack of imagination in technology keeps the world inaccessible to huge numbers of people”.  Within their article they tried to get their audience to understand that “rather than designing the world so that a diverse population can function and thrive within it, technology’s patterns force people to design their own bodies to fit in-or those patterns exclude people from participation when they don’t fit” (paragraph 4). Within the article the authors chose to use U.S. statistics to show that “a study recent of the body shapes and sizes of female pilots found that 90 percent could successfully reach all critical controls in the Black Hawk, however in the general Army population, more than one-third of female soldiers physically did not have the right size or shape body to fly a Black Hawk” (paragraph 5). This article may be useful to someone who is researching disability and the build environment. Also this article is useful because the information comes from two scholars who are in the field of their study, which establishes...

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The discrimination of modern architectural designed against the disabled. (Simone Becchetti via Getty Images) Clark Miller, Claire Gordon. “Disabled by Design.” How a lack of imagination in technology keeps the world inaccessible to huge numbers of people.N.p., n.d. Web.   Clark Miller, the associate director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University teamed up with Claire Gordon, a researcher of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education whom focused on the Army teamed up to write “Disabled by Design”, an article in which is primarily focused on the concept that “technology’s patterns force people to design their own bodies to fit in—or those patterns exclude people from participation when they don’t fit.” Miller uses Regan Brashears’s film Fixed to show that in society today ” the most common response is to call for technology to fix disabled bodies– Rather than designing the world so that a diverse population can function and thrive within it.”   (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released) One of the supporting arguments given is the research conducted by the Claire Gordon on the U.S. Black Hawk helicopter. In this study Gordon informs her audience on the architectural exclusion of the U.S. Black Hawk. Gordon states “while the engineers used conventional standards to construct the design of workstations and equipment in the cockpit that is fit for 90% of the users,– in the general Army population, more than one-third of female soldiers and almost three-quarters of Hispanic female soldiers physically did not have the right size or shape body to fly a Black Hawk. ”   “Disabled by Design” was written to influence the...
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