The Berkeley Disability Lab was formed as a nexus for disability research, media, and design in the Bay Area. It combines the functions of a purposefully-accessible and cross-disability inclusive makerspace, reseach lab, and teaching space.

As part of bringing me to campus, Berkeley made a commitment to building me a lab in central campus focused on disability, access, and design. My intention is that this will serve as a nexus for disability studies on campus, help bring the Bay Area disability community into dialogue with campus, and help promote the next generation of disabled researchers, scientists, designers, and engineers.

Current Post-Docs and Visitors

The UC Berkeley Disability Lab is pleased to have hosted two post-docs during the 2017-2018 academic year:

• Prof. Soya Mori is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies of the Japanese External Trade Organization (IDE/JETRO) in Tokyo, Japan. His research focus is the economies of developing nations, especially as to how they affect people with disabilities in Southeast Asia. He is conducts research in sign linguistics. Prof. Mori has degrees from the University of Rochester and Waseda University. [academic home page]
• Prof. Zvika Orr is on the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at the Jerusalem College of Technology. Dr. Orr received his doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently conducting research on the human rights of people with disabilities in Israel. [academic home page]