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  • New! Year 1 Impact Report

    5:32 pm

    A whirlwind year of accessible technology research, education, collaboration, fundraising and recognition is highlighted in CREATE's Year 1 Impact Report.

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  • Go Baby Go Car Adaptation Workshop

    4:40 pm

    UW Go Baby Go, co-directed by CREATE Associate Director Heather Feldner, is excited to announce its fall workshop where we will build ten Go Baby Go cars for local children with disabilities and their families!

    UW and CREATE students, postdocs, and faculty (especially from engineering, computer science, and rehab programs), local clinicians, and parents/caregivers are all encouraged to attend.

    Saturday, November 6, 2021

    * Workshop: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    * Family car fittings and pickup: 2-4 p.m.

    UW Rehab Medicine, BB tower 916 and 918
    Outdoor car pickup location TBD

    Each car will be custom-adapted for safety and accessibility so children can engage in self-initiated mobility, exploration, and socialization at ages equitable to their non-disabled peers. Through sponsorship and fundraising, cars are provided at no cost to families. 

    Volunteers needed!

    To volunteer, please fill out the volunteer form and we will be in touch with all the rest of the logistics and details!

    Please note that per Washington State and UW policy, all volunteers will be required to mask up throughout the build and show proof of full COVID vaccination to participate.

    We will have a separate refreshment space for breaks and snacks/drinks throughout the build. 


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    CREATE is proud to sponsor this event.

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  • Reimagining Mobility: Urban Accessibility - from Crowdsourcing to AI

    2:24 am

    Thursday, December 9 at 11 a.m. PST – on Zoom

    A conversation on urban mobility

    Friday, December 10 at 11 a.m. PST - on Zoom

    Hands-on tutorial of Project Sidewalk

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    Two events on two days with two CREATE faculty, Anat Caspi and Jon Froehlich. Join us on Thursday for a conversation reimagining urban accessibility with both Dr. Caspi and Dr. Froehlich, and then join us on Friday to get a hands-on tutorial with Project Sidewalk to contribute to the crowdsourcing effort!

    In Thursday's talk, Caspi and Froehlich will discuss the innovative ways they are using AI, crowdsourcing, and translational research to reimagine urban accessibility.

    You'll hear about the latest innovations from the UW Makeability Lab and the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology. Their teams have worked to develop and deploy tools like AccessMaps, Open Sidewalks, and Project Sidewalk that are transforming how we share, evaluate, and understand our urban environments.

    On Friday you'll get the chance to do a deep dive into one of these initiatives - Project Sidewalk - where you can learn how you can contribute to the crowd-sourcing efforts. Despite the important role of sidewalks in supporting mobility, accessibility, and public health, there is a lack of high-quality datasets and corresponding analyses on sidewalk existence and condition.

    Project Sidewalk Logo | accessibility icon with green, yellow, red under the wheel

    Project Sidewalk explores a twofold vision: first, to develop scalable mechanisms to locate and assess sidewalks in cities across the world using Crowd+AI approaches, and second, to use this data to support new urban analyses and mobility tools.

    Project Sidewalk is currently deployed in seven cities, including two in Mexico.

    Join us for one or both events! All events are virtual on Zoom.

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  • Reimagining Mobility: Collecting Data. Creating Plans. Removing Barriers?

    7:50 pm

    On November 18, 2021 Dr. Yochai Eisenberg shared successes and challenges in the pursuit of accessible pedestrian networks. We discussed community mobility as it relates to accessible pathways, use of public transportation, and modes of travel to destinations.

    Dr. Eisenberg described a systematic mobility evaluation, detailed some of the findings, and shared the conclusion that communities in the U.S. do not have strong plans for building accessible pathways. He stressed that the solution includes meaningfully involving people with disabilities, so that transition plans can help cities.

    Dr. Yochai Eisenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and affiliated researcher at the Great Lakes ADA Center. Dr. Eisenberg studies the ways in which neighborhood environments, policies, and systems impact community mobility, health behaviors and health outcomes for people with disabilities using a blend of big data analytics, policy evaluation, and community engaged research.

    Dr. Eisenberg's research has contributed to better understanding implementation of ADA transition plans for the public rights of way in the US, rideshare use and satisfaction among people with disabilities, and accessibility of environments that support healthy, active living. Dr. Eisenberg’s interdisciplinary work reflects his training in public health (Ph.D.), urban planning (Master's) and disability studies and is interwoven in his undergraduate course that explores the links between disability, urban planning and geography.

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  • Reimagining Mobility: Inclusive Architecture

    6:51 pm

    On October 13, 2021 Karen Braitmayer shared images from her experience of— and critical goals for— inclusive architecture. Noting that the best and brightest designers might come in bodies that are different than employers expect, she called for design schools to welcome students with disabilities and for design firms to hire and support the careers of designers with disabilities.

    First steps for designers:

    • Provide options: wider seats, different height soap dispensers, etc.
    • Learn about building codes and regulations.
    • Talk to folks who have already figured out how to accommodate for their own disabilities and hack for accessibility.

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    Karen Braitmayer using a wheelchair in a modern building with stairs and ramps

    Architect Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA, is the founding principal of Studio Pacifica, an accessibility consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington. Her “good fight” has consistently focused on supporting equity and full inclusion for persons with disabilities.

    In 2019, she was chosen as the national winner of the AIA Whitney M. Young, Jr. award—a prestigious award given to an architect who “embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue”. In the award’s 48-year history, she was the first recipient honored for their work in the area of civil rights for persons with disabilities. Braitmayer was also appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Access Board, a position she retains today.

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