Re-Imagining AccessibilityRe-imagining accessibility through the transformations of culture -- particularly the transformative promise of accessible technology for people with disabilities -- is the work of the Fair Use Lab. What does Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster have to do with accessibility? Read more: Shape-Shifters in the Fair Use Lab [MiT6 2009]
Remix: Danger MouseWill DJ Danger Mouse become the Che Guevara of digital sampling? Consider the case for fair use made by The Grey Album.
Blind PhotographersIn the moment when Paul Strand photographed her surreptitiously on the street in New York, the social engineers who created a system for licensing beggars never imagined that a blind woman had culture or could make culture. She herself may not have imagined it. Paul Strand probably didn’t give her much credit for making culture, either. Read more: Curiosity & The Blind Photographer [MiT5 2007] See more on blind photographers.
Disability As PraxisI am a parent, homeowner, knowledge worker, and person with disabilities. Oppression is not my true word, but praxis is. In Paulo Freire’s transformative work, I find an affirmation deeper than ideology or political activism -- an affirmation of the dynamic role of disability in culture. I believe the daily praxis of making adaptations and negotiating accommodations represents a significant form of cultural production. Read Disability As Praxis.
ADA 20th AnniversaryOn its 20th anniversary, pundits will debate what the Americans with Disabilities Act has accomplished. I still believe what I said in a TV interview after the ADA signing ceremony in 1990. “The ADA will not end disability discrimination overnight. But in a nation governed by the rule of law, getting it in writing is the place to start.” So what is the ADA's legacy? A Generation of Problem-Solvers.
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AP” “A judge has dismissed copyright lawsuits between an artist who created the Barack Obama “HOPE” image and The Associated Press but has left a March trial date in place for related claims between the news service and companies that sold merchandise using the artist’s image.” Continue reading
Over 75 U.S. law professors signed an open letter to the President protesting the Obama administration’s position on ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Continue reading
President Obama and others speak at an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. [Source: whitehose.gov]. This video is in the public domain. Read the transcript. Continue reading
I received this email message from the President last night (March 21, 2010) at 11:51 p.m. I remember similar historic votes when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 were passed in Congress. I don’t have any kind of personal documentation from 1964 (I was 9 years old then. I lobbied for the ADA for two years and was invited to the signing ceremony at the White House on July 26, 1990. I have plenty of documents and memorabilia from that experience, though none of it is online. After hearing CBC Spark’s show on personal digital archives, I know I need to do something about that before all that stuff is lost in the clutter. Continue reading
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in tree plantings at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington on 4/21/09. [Official White House Photo by Pete Souza] See the White House photostream on Flickr. Who knew? Creative Commons explains … Continue reading