UC Berkeley Disability Lab

AKA RadMad Lab at Cal – “Making Better Crips” since 2018

Student URAP Projects

Some doors are not wheelchair accessible for students and professors.


Accessibility for disabled students at the UC Berkeley campus is outdated, unclear, and difficult to navigate. The solution is a free, open-source mapping and navigation app that embodies the knowledge and ways of disabled students and professors.

Magnetic tactile coding blocks for the blind to program a robot.


Makerspace tools (Arduino, etc.) are inaccessible for the blind or motor impaired. The solution is an integrated development environment (IDE) that does not use a screen/keyboard/mouse for teaching early learners coding and robotics.

Latest Posts

Hello to any DSP Trio students that follow this page!! The Lab will be hosting a Research Showcase and Infosession on December 6th at 12 p.m. via Zoom. Come learn how to get involved with our lab! ✨ DM us or Trio for the zoom link, we will also be hosting or participating in other events on how to get into research at Cal next semester, so follow for more updates! See MoreSee Less
Presenting: our lab in polaroid form! Today’s labwide meeting comprised of project developments- (1) RAMP is awaiting survey responses (forms.gle/yCwsFH6JB6Tu4HDX6) and making progress on their platform that maps accessibility (2) PositiveAir is almost done with a video tutorial of their super cool emergency DIY respirator and filtration system (3) Sensible is working on inputs/outputs of accessible tech to foster joy and fun pathways to learn programming and tangible skills for disabled youth (4) Discussing next semester’s wonderful fellows and the cool work, tech, art, and collaboration we are planning See MoreSee Less

The Nakamura Disability Lab is one of UC Berkeley’s well-kept secrets tucked away inside one end of the Hearst Annex complex. With its mission of “Making Better Crips,” the lab has been operational since 2018 and led by Prof. Karen Nakamura, the endowed chair for Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology. The 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, research lab, and teaching space.

“Crips” comes from the derogatory term “crippled.” Turning the term back on itself is a way to acknowledge the history, movement and culture behind disability rights. The lab aims to make lives better for disabled people, especially through the development of assistive technology.

Contact Us

Professor Karen Nakamura’s Email:

Lab Location: Hearst Annex D-1

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