A note: I had the great pleasure of participating in a panel discussion as part of the Becoming Interplanetary Event at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress I’m still buzzing from the amazing range of new ideas and cool stuff that this meant. The event consisted of 3 panels and 3 performances. The amazing … Continue reading Disabled People in Space – Becoming Interplanetary
Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences has featured a story about the NSF CAREER grant associated with Tech & Dis on their website this week: Headline: NSF Award into Research into Technologies for Disability Community So happy to have this shared with the community. Over the next 5 years, I will have … Continue reading Tech & Dis research in the news
By Chris Wakeley
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Former Tech & Disability student Tim Pote and I are interviewed as part of Rose Eveleth’s Flash Forward Podcast, this episode entitled “Enter the Exos”. Also included among interviewees are Bill Peace and Kim Sauder, two folks we read in class when we discuss exoskeletons. Link here: Flash Forward Podcast, Enter the Exos Continue reading Tech & Dis on Flash Forward Podcast
by Maggie Rudnicki
by Maggie Rudnicki
Sex education is an incredibly important part of any child’s education and will shape their beliefs and experiences going into sexual maturity. The urge to reproduce is one of our most basic biological imperatives that goes back to Darwinian evolution – we are driven to survive and reproduce. It is, therefore, of great importance for everyone to understand how their bodies work and how to take care of them. Sex education should be place for young people to learn about puberty, reproduction, gender, sexuality, sex, the benefits and risks of sex, reproductive health, and interpersonal relationships. Unfortunately, many people across the country do not have access to comprehensive sex education. Individuals with disabilities are particularly affected by this. Society has trouble viewing people with disabilities as sexual and thus excludes them from sex education. When people with disabilities do receive sex education it is often an inaccessible curriculum that doesn’t fit their learning style or body. Better sex education for people with disabilities can have numerous benefits such as protection from sexual assault; better hygiene, social skills, and body positivity; and a more fulfilling sex life.