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

Conference/Symposium | December 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, The Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, Making Change Media

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.

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Friday December 7 - Conference Day One
Open to the Public – no pre-registration needed

9:00 Coffee and Pastries
9:15 Opening remarks: Dana Buntrock (CJS), Toru Tamiya (JSPS), and Karen Nakamura (DisStudies)
9:30 Panel 1: Neurodiversity and Technologies of Inclusion and Access
9:30 Kumagaya Shin'ichiro– Introduction to Tojisha-kenkyu (User-led Research) in Japan: Co-creating narratives within the invisible minority community
9:50 Ayaya Satsuki– Toward Inclusive Society and Culture for Autism Spectrum: Tojisha-kenkyu (User-led Research) on Social Majority and Accessible Information Design
10:10 Brent White – Technology x Mental Health Care -Why we do it, what we do, what we will be doing
10:30 Laura Harrison– Neurodivergent Co-Participatory Research
10:50 Panel discussion and Q&A
11:30 Break
1:00 ​Plenaries on Inclusive Spaces and Universal Design
1:00 Yoshihiko Kawauchi– Universal Design in Japan
1:30 Aimi Hamraie*– Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability
2:00 Q&A
2:30 Break
3:00p Deej film screening (73 minutes)
4:15 David Savarese* - – literacy, self-determination and interdependence for non-speakers
5:00 Conference Day One ends

Saturday December 8 - Conference Day Two

8:50 Coffee and Pastries
9:00 Fixed Film Screening (60 min) w/ introduction by director Regan Brashear
10:00 Discussion on Transhumanism, Feminism, and Crip Futurities
Gregor Wolbring*, Liz Henry, Ian Smith | Moderator: Franky Spektor
10:45 Plenary on Disability Centered Design
Chris Downey– Universal Design and the BVI Perspective
11:30 Break
1:00 Plenary
Ayako Shimizu– Technology x Mental Health Care -Why we do it, what we do, what we will be doing”
1:45 Panel 2: Care Robotics, Human-Computer Relations, and AI
1:45 Ninon Lambert- Who cares? Exploring the entanglements of interaction and care with social robots in nursing homes
2:05 Grant Otsuki*- Human-Machine Interfacing as Utopian Practice in Japan
2:25 Disscussant: Valerie Black
2:45 Break
3:00 Panel 3: Crip Futurities
3:00 Asa Ito– Disabled person’s Interaction with objects and self-governance
3:20 Lucy Greco - Talk title TBA
3:40 Abigail Cochran– People with Disabilities' Use of On-Demand Transportation Services
4:00 Sondra Solovay- Disability Tech at the Margins: Weighing Our Options
Note: Due to unforseen circumstances, Dr. Miele is unable to attend
4:20 Discussion
5:00 Closing Remarks: Karen Nakamura (DisStudies)

* Speakers indicated with an asterisk * will be attending via teleconference or telecommunication.

 ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes., 510-642-3415

Poster design and sketch of Rose the bionic woman are copyright 2018 by Franchesca Spektor. All rights reserved and used with artist’s permission. Image description of conference artwork: A woman who has a human-looking face, forearm, wrist, and hand