How Disability Made Me More Productive—Phil Powell

I’m a developer and designer with ocular albinism. When I became registered as disabled in 2008, it made me reconsider almost everything about the way I live my life. Admitting to myself that I had a disability was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. But over time it’s also been liberating. By covering up my disability, I was making life more difficult for myself. By being honest and open about my weaknesses, I’ve found the freedom to be more creative, more pragmatic, and to participate more effectively.

But the world I find myself living in isn’t as inclusive or as accessible as I’d like it to be. In this presentation I’ll explain how small but significant shifts in the way we think about disability can go a long way towards improving inclusiveness, help us think more pragmatically about how we use technology, and help to break down barriers which shouldn’t exist in the 21st century. You’ll learn:

  • What living with a disability really means.
  • How to turn weaknesses into strengths, through pragmatism.
  • Why enabling and including others can benefit everyone.

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Jonathan Kahn

Jonathan Kahn

organiser
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David Caines

David Caines

branding and illustration
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Rhiannan Walton

Rhiannan Walton

co-organiser
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Daniel Howells

Daniel Howells

digital design
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Sara Wachter-Boettcher

content strategy
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