Week 4 – While You Are Sick AND In Grad School, The Struggle Is SO REAL!

This week I want to explore new technological advancements in Assistive Technology.

As an HR, IT, Marketing Rep. for a disability organization I spend a lot of my time researching adaptive technology and other ways on how to make our sources more accessible, which has inspired me to make art itself more accessible. 

http://mashable.com/2016/12/29/art-accessibility-blind-low-vision/#7vWnZPwi7mqO

When I was in my undergrad I focused on creating 2-D art pieces, (some video) but, my art was more a reflection of myself and my ableist abilities. Now, that I have come to terms with my own disabilities and identities and the different abilities and identities of others, I am trying to focus on how to make art accessible to ALL regardless of socio-economic status and ability. 

What I have been inspiring me lately is this podcast I listened to from 99% Invisible about Augmented Reality. The focus of this podcast was Augmented Reality in audio primarily. 

99% Reality (1% Augmented)

I grew interested in this from a selfish standpoint of my own disability. I spend a lot of time dissociating. When I dissociate I spend a lot of my time grounding myself and coming back into reality. I was thinking that Sound Augmentation could be used as a tool to assist those who experience this come back to the moment or at least assist them to be more connected with the world without becoming overwhelmed and isolated.

This technology could also be used to bring art to those who are blind or visually impaired, and other disabilities as well. 

Is this a possible thesis? Maybe. But, for now, it is only a theory or what some might call a dream. Regardless, I’m going to make it happen.