CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States – an International Symposium

Conference/Symposium | December 7 – 8, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Satsuki AYAYA, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo; Asa ITO, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Yoshihiko KAWAUCHI, Toyo University; Shinichiro KUMAGAYA, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo; Ayako Shimizo, Hikari Lab; Ninon Lambert, Tokyo University; Valerie Block, UC Berkeley; Regan Brashear, Filmmaker; Abigail Cochran, UC Berkeley; Chris Downey, Architecture for the Blind; Aimi Hamraie, Vanderbilt University; Laura Harrison, UCSD; Liz Henry, Mozilla; Josh Miele, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute; Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary; David Savarese, Director, DEEJ; Robert Rooy, Director, DEEJ

 Professor Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are working on the nexus of technology, access, and design in Japan together with scholars, engineers, researchers, and activists in the United States for a four-day symposium and workshop in Berkeley, California, the home of the independent living movement. The majority of the participants identify as disabled people. Some speakers will present remotely via teleconferencing software.

Access :
CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. ASL interpretation for talks is available by advance request to The conference venue is wheelchair accessible and is located near the downtown Berkeley BART station. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes (including essential oils) and please respect the scent-free zones in the conference area. For all other access requests, please email

This event was made possible by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Disability Studies Cluster, and Making Change Media. Poster design by Franchesca Spektor.

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