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SXSW 2021

Disability-Led Innovation in Future Workplaces

Imagine a global economy that actively works to level the playing field across race, gender and class, and which also considers disability, the one dimension of diversity that crosses all others. How can we inclusively design technologies like AR and AI, that will power future augmented workplaces, so we don’t exclude 1.3B people with disabilities (PWDs)? How can we leverage the creativity, skills, and experiences of PWDs to design more usable future workplace tech? What role will disability play in helping businesses gain a competitive advantage? These questions, along with examples of business strategies and inclusive emerging tech, will be explored by a diverse panel: emerging tech accessibility policy consultant, leading futurist, innovative business strategist, and startup founder.

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  1. Understand how inclusive design can add value to emerging tech startups, helping them address a dynamic opportunity and gain commercial traction.
  2. Learn practices that businesses can apply to assess their culture and integrate disability as a central focal point and catalyst for innovation.
  3. Realize how inclusively-designed workplace tech can help ensure inclusion of workers with disabilities which span all other dimensions of diversity.



Bill Curtis-Davidson, Co-Director & Senior Consultant, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

Meta Information:

  • Tags: Workplace, Design
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: The Rebirth of Business
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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