Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
When you don’t have a hand, what could you have instead? This article introduces the impact of inviting youth with disabilities to learn tools and technology to design their own solutions and advocate for their own future. This approach to programming is rooted in a mindset of designing WITH, not FOR. Not only are design outcomes improved when users are incorporated into the process, but this approach has been shown to improve confidence in creating one’s own solutions. These programs include hands-on “design-your-own-body-mod” workshops, as well as a budding inclusive design consultancy led by youth with disabilities. Through this programming, youth not only develop technical and cutting edge skills, confidence, and meaningful solutions, but they also develop a clearer understanding of design and engineering career paths and establish their own network of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) professionals.
Arreola, Anaiss and Ganim, Katherine R.
"Build Your Own Body Mod: Empowerment through Prototyping and Design,"
Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities: Vol. 24
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://repository.rit.edu/jsesd/vol24/iss1/6
Accessibility Commons, Biomechanical Engineering Commons, Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation Commons, Computer-Aided Engineering and Design Commons, Curriculum and Instruction Commons, Educational Leadership Commons, Educational Methods Commons, Industrial and Product Design Commons, Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Science and Mathematics Education Commons, Secondary Education Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons