PechaKucha Presentation
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“Obviously, living in a wheelchair is a challenge but is a normal life for many. Wheelchair living requires constant mapping out of acceptable routes and services –like bathrooms– and destinations –like restaurants.”

In My New Everyday Life Speaker Nora Ames reprises her standing ovation presentation from the Chicago Architecture Biennial at PechaKucha Chicago’s 36th Volume.  

Nora used to enjoy runs by Lake Michigan, running by herself or with coworkers and friends. 13 months ago she had a medical condition taking her out of the workplace and changing her perspective forever. In this presentation the effect of design on accessibility is discussed.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, February 15th, 2016. 

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Inclusive Design

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Amy Pothier and Jesse Klimitz of Quadrangle Architects want to inspire action in all designers to “Get Better” by designing fully inclusive and accommodating spaces for everyone, regardless of age or ability, to enjoy and experience. Accessible design does not need to be clinical and ugly when accommodating the 1 in 7 persons in Canada that live with some form of a visible or non-visible disability.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 14, 2014.

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Wearable Technology for All

@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Jensin Wallace relates her trip to Slovenia to collaborate with a man suffering from tetraplegia to create custom smart clothing to assist him on a day to day basis - all controlled by his cell phone! Wow!

Jensin was trained as textile textile designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and experimented with how to make sound and emotions tangible. After getting some experience in the luxury fashion industry, she went back to school and received a Masters of Design focusing in fashion and technology. Currently she works as a sweater technical designer for a high end women's label in NYC.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, November 9th, 2015. 

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My life in everyday glimpses

@ VOL 34 ON SEP 13, 2017

Self-labelled "Rolling enjoyer of life" (Danish: "Rullende livsnyder"), Antoniett Vebel Pharao, shares some of the glimpses into the life of a wheelchair-user and shows the audience why a life in wheelchair is not sad at all! Along the way we hear of weddings, friendships, volunteering, kids, and traditions that never die. In short: Optimism at its finest!

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My Road to Health

@ VOL 32 ON JUL 11, 2017

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My MA changed my Life

@ VOL 1 ON MAR 28, 2018

Emily Rose explains how her MA helped to bring her life back on track when faced with poor mental health and personal difficulties. 

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ADAPT: Fashion & Disability

@ VOL 6 ON SEP 27, 2018

Laura Reid is a recent Fashion Technology graduate of Heriot-Watt University, School of Textiles in Galashiels. Currently based in Edinburgh, Laura has experience in both Fashion and Textiles through gaining her degree as well as an HND in Textiles. Her Honours Project looked into creating a high street level collection that was designed with disability in mind. Working with the charity Bobath Scotland, the collection used different construction and design techniques to allow the wearer to dress easier whilst keeping the collection at a high street price.

Laura is currently a Garment Technology assistant at the outdoorwear brand Keela. The brand offers outdoorwear built on the foundation of Innovation, Quality, Technology and has been used for decades by Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue teams.

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Renovations for Accessibility

@ VOL 31 ON FEB 28, 2019

Joe Mayes gives us an insight on an organitation the renovates and designs to allow for greater accessibility.

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Hello Tiger!

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 20, 2019

Martyn Sibley is a regular guy who happens to have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This means he cannot walk, lift anything heavier than a book or shower himself. He runs Disability Horizons, is the author of 'Everything is Possible', has a Degree in Economics & a Masters in Marketing. In this fun packed presentation, Martyn shares his love of adventure and his travels around the world.  

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Oakledge for All

@ VOL 29 ON SEP 05, 2019

Julia Wayne is an early childhood special educator and a mother of two kids. She's passionate about play and inclusion!