Sharon Rush of Knowbility presented at Big Design Conference 2011 on Designing for Disabilities. In her talk, Sharon gives several examples of designers innovating because of a loved with a disability.
Did you know these interesting facts about these inventors:
– Pelligrino Turri developed a typewriter, so he could send love letters to a blind countess
– Herman Hollerith, founder of IBM, had a learning disability (created the punch card to capture data)
– Alexander Graham Bell’s mother and wife were both deaf (invented phone)
– Albert Einstein had Aspergers Syndrome and was reportedly dyslexic (Theory of relativity)
– Thomas Edison was slightly deaf with a learning disability (invented light bulb, camera, and more)
– Leonardo Da Vinci was dyslexic (invented bicycle, parachute, tank, glider, and so much more)
– Stephen Hawking has Motor neurone disease (considered to be greatest astro-physicist)
– Temple Grandin is autistic (has a PhD in Animal Behavior and created inventions for humane treatment of cows)
You will be inspired by this great presentation. Enjoy!