Inclusion for All and Smart Cities

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Cornell Tech

2 W Loop Rd

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This workshop is part of Smart Cities New York 2019. Once you register to SCNY ‘19, use the code you received in your confirmation email to register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for Smart Cities New York 2019.

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Individuals with disabilities are approximately 20% of the world’s population -- over one billion people. However, their needs aren't sufficiently considered when cities are being designed. This workshop will focus on ways that cities, especially a “smart city”, can proactively address interests and needs of this population when building the digital infrastructure environment. This session will be a brainstorming workshop that will draw from participants ideas on how to improve inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in physical and digital considerations across all facets of the urban environment, including transportation, housing, education, and employment. We will discuss the importance of designing products and services with consideration for the needs of persons with disabilities and older citizens, and how innovations like AI-applications need to be designed in a manner to mitigate biases which could disparately impact individuals with disabilities (e.g., AI-driven job application processes that many businesses are now using).

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Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and a Professor of Disability Studies

Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, is the Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and a Professor of Disability Studies. She is responsible for the strategic and financial direction of multi-million dollar research, training, technical assistance, and information dissemination organization that improves employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Susanne’s research, training, and organizational consultation focus is on policies and practices that maximize workplace disability inclusion, especially in tech- and tech-intensive sectors. She is a Co-Lead for Cornell University to Teach Access, promoting accessible design.

Shiri Azenkot, PhD, Associate Professor, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Cornell Tech


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