CripTech 2018 Conference (placeholder website)

Sketch of woman with prosthetic arm

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are working on the nexus of technology, access, and design in Japan together with scholars, engineers, researchers, and activists in the United States for a two-day symposium and workshop in Berkeley, California, the home of the independent living movement. The majority of the participants identify as disabled people.

FRIDAY, DEC 7 SATURDAY, DEC 8 9:00 am - 5:00pm

JAPAN and INTERNATIONAL Speakers and Presenters (alphabetical order)

    USA Speakers and Presenters (alphabetical order)

      * Speakers indicated with a * asterisk will present remotely via teleconferencing software

      Friday December 7 - Conference Day One
      Open to the Public – no pre-registration needed

      9:00 Coffee and Pastries
      9:15 Opening remarks: Dana Buntrock (CJS), Toru Tamiya (JSPS), and Karen Nakamura (DisStudies)

      Panel 1: Neurodiversity and Technologies of Inclusion and Access
      9:30 Kumagaya Shin'ichiro– Introduction to Tojisha-kenkyu (User-led Research) in Japan:  Co-creating narratives within the invisible minority community
      9:50 Ayaya Satsuki– “Toward Inclusive Society and Culture for Autism Spectrum:
      Tojisha-kenkyu (User-led Research) on Social Majority and Accessible Information Design
      10:10 Brent White – “talk title TBA”
      10:30 Laura Harrison– “talk title TBA”
      10:50 Panel discussion and Q&A

      11:30 Lunch for speakers and panelists in Kinzie Room

      1:00 Plenaries on Inclusive Spaces and Universal Design
      1:00 Yoshihiko Kawauchi– “Universal Design in Japan”
      1:30 Aimi Hamraie*– “Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability”
      2:00 Q&A

      2:30 Break

      3:00p Deej film screening (73 minutes)
      4:15 David Savarese* - “ – literacy, self-determination and interdependence for non-speakers”

      5:00 Conference Day One ends

      5:45p Dinner for conference speakers, panelists, and invited guests hosted by CJS @Gather

      * Speakers indicated with an asterisk * will be attending via teleconference or telecommunication.

      Saturday December 8 - Conference Day Two
      Open to the Public – no pre-registration needed

      8:50a Coffee and Pastries
      a Fixed Film Screening (60 min) w/ introduction by director Regan Brashear
      10:00 Discussion on Transhumanism, Feminism, and Crip Futurities
      Gregor Wolbring*
      Liz Henry
      Ian Smith
      Moderator: Franky Spektor

      Plenary on Disability Centered Design
      10:45 Chris Downey– “Universal Design and the BVI Perspective”
      Q&A and discussion

      11:30 Lunch for speakers and panelists in Kinzie Room

      Saturday afternoon (continued)

      1:00 Ayako Shimizu – “talk title TBA”

      1:45 Panel 2: Care Robotics, Human-Computer Relations, and AI
      1:45 Ninon Lambert – “Who cares? Exploring the entanglements of interaction and care with social robots in nursing homes”
      2:05 Grant Otsuki* - “Human-Machine Interfacing as Utopian Practice in Japan”
      2:25 Valerie Black - Discussant

      2:45 Break

      3:00 Panel 3: Crip Futurities
      3:00 Asa Ito – “Disabled person’s Interaction with objects and self-governance”
      3:20 Josh Miele – due to a unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Miele is unable to attend.
      3:40 Abigail Cochran – “People with Disabilities' Use of On-Demand Transportation Services”
      4:00 Discussion

      Closing Remarks
      4:45 Karen Nakamura

      5:30 conference day two ends

      There are no scheduled events after 5:30pm Saturday Dec 8, speakers and guests are welcome to explore Berkeley and SF and make their own dinner arrangements.

      * Speakers indicated with an asterisk * will be attending via teleconference or telecommunication.

      ASL interpretation and CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. The conference venue is wheelchair accessible and is located in downtown Berkeley near the Berkeley BART station. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes (including essential oils) and please respect the scent-free zones in the conference area. Scented individuals (including essential oils) may be asked to move. Please note that there will be small children and service animals present. For all other access requests, please email

      This event was made possible by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Disability Studies Cluster, the Robert and Colleen Haas Chair in Disability Studies, and Making Change Media.

      Artistic Note and Image Description
      Poster design and sketch of Rose the bionic woman are copyright 2018 by Franchesca Spektor. All rights reserved and used with artist’s permission. Image description of conference artwork: A woman who has a human-looking face, forearm, wrist, and hand; she has a robotic-looking shoulder, upper arm and elbow. We see her from behind, and her face is turned to the side.