Liz Jackson

Advocate, Designer, Disability

Liz Jackson is the founder of The Disabled List, a design organization that engages in disability as a creative practice. She is also the co-founder of Thisten, a live speech to text app that makes conferences and live events more accessible. Jackson also created The WITH Fellowship, which partners disabled creatives with top design studios and creative spaces for three-month fellowships. Read more about Liz below.

Engaging in Disability as a Creative Practice

Thursday October 24 | 9:00 am

Designers are increasingly referring to disability in terms of accessibility. But accessibility is only one part of disability; it’s the need. And it is being taught at the exclusion of disability history, disability culture, and disability theory. Liz discusses the impact of engaging in disability, not as a problem to be solved, but rather as a discipline and a creative practice. This presentation teaches designers how to design WITH, rather than for disability.

Designing to Reach Disabled People

Saturday October 26 | Noon - 2:00pm | City of Bend Council Chambers, 710 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701

There are many reasons why designs for disabled people fail to reach and delight the intended recipients. From a systems perspective, disabled people rarely get credit for their contributions. From an output perspective, products that are intended for us are mostly created for everyone but us. 

In order for those with the resources to shift from trying to design for disability to designing to reach us, they will need to collaborate with disabled people and value our contributions. This workshop will amplify ideas and perspectives of disabled Bend citizens, so designers and city stakeholders can begin learning how to reach rather than simply appease its disabled population. 

Presenter: Liz Jackson

Tickets: $25.00

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Preventing Disability Dongles

Friday October 25 | 1:30 pm | 90 Minutes | Oxford Hotel, Lava Room

Workshop Description: Preventing Disability Dongles is a workshop designed to address the phenomenon of “Disability Dongles” in the context of critical thinking; specifically in the evaluation of work addressing the topic of disability or disabled users. So what is a Disability Dongle? It’s a well intended, yet useless—or even harmful—solution to a problem disabled people never knew we always had.

Disability Dongles are exacerbated by the exclusion of disabled people from design processes, which leads to solutions that position disability as a problem to be solved rather than a valuable perspective.

Participants will exit the workshop with skills and tools to better evaluate disability products and media, with robust criteria for assessing the thought process and effectiveness of a presented design solution.

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. Please check back as as space may open the week of the conference. 

More about the speaker

Liz Jackson is the founder of The Disabled List, a design organization that engages in disability as a creative practice. She is also the co-founder of Thisten, a live speech to text app that makes conferences and live events more accessible. In 2018, Jackson created The WITH Fellowship, which partners disabled creatives with top design studios and creative spaces for three-month fellowships.

You can learn more about Liz in her personal website, The Girl with the Purple Cane. Find out more about the organization she founded at disabledlist.org.