Adaptive: a podcast about the interaction between human ability & technology

Adaptive is a 6-part podcast series about the interaction between human ability and technology. Producer Michelle Macklem speaks to researchers, designers and users of technologies that are often associated with disability, to investigate how our perceptions of disability are often shaped by the technologies people use. This podcast series is a part of a SSHRC-funded research-creation thesis for her MA in Media Studies at Concordia.

Adaptive is launching with episode 1: Investigating Ability!

To listen: Subscribe on iTunes, visit Adaptive’s website, or go to soundcloud!

Episode 1 is an investigation into how we define ability and disability, often based on the technologies we use – like glasses, canes or walkers.

This episode includes Graham Pullin, a designer and research at the University of Dundee in Scotland who wrote the design manifesto Design Meets Disability.

Drawing on similar themes, professor and designer Sara Hendren talks about her work at Olin College in Boston where she teaches a course for engineers on designing for disability and diverse abilities.

Aimee Louw – a radio producer, writer and accessibility advocate – talks about her own experiences of disability and how that identity is really constructed and placed on her by other people.

Adaptive will run bi-weekly (every two weeks) starting today March 22nd on Tuesdays for a total of 6 episodes.

Episode 2 will air on April 5th and it discusses the role of high-tech and DIY technology in how we think about disability, featuring conversations with Alex Truesdell and other members of the Adaptive Design Association and Owen Chapman.