Neurodiversity at MIT and Design for Everyone

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:00pm


Rafiq Abdus-Sabur

President and CEO of The Empowered Brain Institute

Finn Gardiner

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network

MIT is a neurologically diverse place, but the resources, workspaces and technologies we use often don’t reflect that. Sometimes simple changes can significantly expand accessibility to people who have neurological differences like autism, dyslexia, ADHD, or epilepsy, but designers and policymakers frequently aren’t aware of issues affecting this neurodiverse community. Rosalind Picard, director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, joins Empowered Brain Institute CEO Rafiq Abdus-Sabur and disability advocate Finn Gardiner to explore what it means to be non-neurotypical, barriers to inclusion, and how creators can make their work more accessible.

Co-Sponsored with the Communications Forum at MIT and MIT MindHandHeart Innovation Fund.