Today is the launch of the UW Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE). I’m so excited to be part of this effort, which has representation from across campus. Microsoft has honored us as a founding partner and has been a huge driving force in making CREATE a reality.
There is no doubt in my mind that the time is now for launching an effort of this magnitude. Since CREATE’s mission to increase representation and have real world impact on accessibility is especially important in a time when so much is in flux.
I also want to highlight that CREATE is not just a technology-centric center. It has a strong thread of critical disability studies running through it, and the importance of giving people with disabilities a voice, and the power to advocate for themselves, as well as ensuring that the work we do has a real world impact on the disability experience, should not be understated.
Here’s to CREATE-ing a better future by creating a more inclusive future.