Your Flying Jetpack!
OSCON – Ignite July 2009

Liz Henry    liz@blogher.com
My wheelchair is a
                                 machine to get my
                                 body from one place...
You can find info
                                 on how to fix a car


                                 Or you can go to...
You can find out how
                                 to fix a bike


                                 And there's little
...
But you can't find out
                                 how to fix a
                                 wheelchair

        ...
Because rather than just being a tool like a bike
              or a car or a computer

              It's a MEDICAL DEVIC...
YOU will likely be “disabled”
                        - have a significant physical impairment -
                        f...
How can you avoid...

                                 THIS?

                                 The clunkiest,
            ...
Consider: you might lose some hand function from RSI.


                                                People invent stuf...
Why Should We Care Now?
    * Until you need it, you don't care
    * When you need it, you're busy,
    poor, and in pain...
Why isn't DIY disability
                                                    hacking more popular?
                       ...
Why isn't DIY disability
                                 hacking more popular?
                                 ... and s...
YOU will need assistive technology

    YOU WILL WANT TO HACK IT.

    You'll need DIY attitude
    @ access

    You'll n...
Some cool hacks!

   Bike crutch holders
                                                              Crutch pockets



 ...
Tactile Maps


                                 Brilliant mashup, maps for people
                                 w/ visu...
Oneswitch.org

                                                 Brilliant collection of hacks
                            ...
people with disabilities need open source
                           culture

                           open source cultu...
IN THE FUTURE...
      Will you be a sad lonely person fumbling to epoxy tennis
      balls onto the feet of your totally ...
Or will you be hacking your burning man jetpack in a
            vibrant community that supports serendipity and a
       ...
A DIY approach to

                                 HACKING ABILITY

                                 will help everyone

...
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If we work together to pull assistive tech and accessibility work into the realm of open source, the future will be awesome! Ignite talk at OSCON 2009.

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  1. 1. Your Flying Jetpack! OSCON – Ignite July 2009 Liz Henry liz@blogher.com
  2. 2. My wheelchair is a machine to get my body from one place to another. I'd like for it to be easy to fix and hack. Like a bike or a car. Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  3. 3. You can find info on how to fix a car Or you can go to a car repair place Anyone can start a car fixing business They're everywhere Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  4. 4. You can find out how to fix a bike And there's little independent bike shops everywhere Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  5. 5. But you can't find out how to fix a wheelchair Or build one Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  6. 6. Because rather than just being a tool like a bike or a car or a computer It's a MEDICAL DEVICE Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  7. 7. YOU will likely be “disabled” - have a significant physical impairment - for around 8 years of your life 55 M PWD in US 18% of population Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  8. 8. How can you avoid... THIS? The clunkiest, crappiest vehicle on Earth. 50 lbs of cold steel... signifying helplessness. Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  9. 9. Consider: you might lose some hand function from RSI. People invent stuff to help with that It's in out of print books And on a couple of personal blogs Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  10. 10. Why Should We Care Now? * Until you need it, you don't care * When you need it, you're busy, poor, and in pain That's why we don't have our jetpacks. Everyone 20 years ago was counting on their immortality nanobots. Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  11. 11. Why isn't DIY disability hacking more popular? Attitude.... * Fear of mortality * Medical expert model * Charity model: PWD are passive recipients of charity * PWD are often isolated from community * Solutions are individual, and then aren't shared (PWD meaning “people with disabilities” not “print working directory”) Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  12. 12. Why isn't DIY disability hacking more popular? ... and systemic bias. Your impaired body is under the control of the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX Your wheelchair repair manual or voice control hack MIGHT GET YOU SUED if someone is injured MIGHT VIOLATE copyright or a patent might ruin someone's PROFIT Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  13. 13. YOU will need assistive technology YOU WILL WANT TO HACK IT. You'll need DIY attitude @ access You'll need open source information structures and communities Vision, speech, gaming doing ok but mobility mods aren't integrated with open source culture Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  14. 14. Some cool hacks! Bike crutch holders Crutch pockets Soda bottle prosthetic arm Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  15. 15. Tactile Maps Brilliant mashup, maps for people w/ visual impairments Lighthouse for the Blind Email them address, they print and snail mail you a raised print map Lots of software/hw people working on this, good to join Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  16. 16. Oneswitch.org Brilliant collection of hacks with step by step instructions, photos To control lots of devices with one switch, hand or mouth activated Focus on gaming! “10% of your clan members, guild members, forum friends, and that dude you just ganked are somehow disabled.” - AbleGamers.com Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  17. 17. people with disabilities need open source culture open source culture needs the physical inventiveness, adaptations driven by necessity, of people w disabilities WHAT TO DO? Find projects at: Build your software to be accessible by everyone! http://www.hackabilityblog.com/links Document and share all your access hacks Notice others' hacks! Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  18. 18. IN THE FUTURE... Will you be a sad lonely person fumbling to epoxy tennis balls onto the feet of your totally World War II looking hospital walker ? Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  19. 19. Or will you be hacking your burning man jetpack in a vibrant community that supports serendipity and a culture of invention! Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
  20. 20. A DIY approach to HACKING ABILITY will help everyone We'll invent cool shit We'll open source our way out of nursing home prisons run by the medical industrial complex and The future will be awesome!!! Liz Henry lizhenry@gmail.com Your Flying Jetpack OSCON 2009
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