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Accessibility for disabled students at the UC Berkeley campus is outdated, unclear, and difficult to navigate.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.

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Are you free next Thursday night! Do you make art to express yourself or want to see other disabled community member’s work? Come to this Art Showcase at the Disability Cultural Center on October 20,l 6-8pm in the DCC Hearst Field Annex, D-25. Artist signups or RSVP form for guests is in our linktree!ID:Flyer with a tan box in the middle against a backdrop of orange, light pink, teal, and black colors. Text reads in the box: “Do you do creative writing, digital art, poetry, or express your perspectives and truths through art?, Come to the Disability Cultural Center (DCC)’s DisCo (Disability Community) Expression in Art Showcase next week!, Join us and submit your content during our Disability Community Art Showcase!Artists and creators of all experience levels are welcomed! Artist Sign-Up and RSVP form in bio!, When: Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00-8:00 PMWhere: DCC Hearst Field Annex D-25”. Under an orange line in the box it reads “UC Berkeley Disability Cultural Community (DCC) Center, @ Hearst Field Annex D-25, dsp.berkeley.edu/support-services/welcome-disability-cultural-community-dcc-center” See MoreSee Less

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RadMad Disability Lab at UC Berkeley
Hello followers of the lab! We have an exciting and important project that’s been in the works since this past summer. The COVID Ableism Narrative Archive is in the process of collecting and archiving disabled stories about experiences during this ongoing pandemic via social media posting. If you are interested in sharing your story through social media and/or receiving updates about the project, fill out our Google Form at tinyurl.com/ArchiveProjectForm.[ID:4 posts with a medium-light blue backgrounds and colorful circular accent shapes.1: Text reads: “Covid Ableism Narrative Archive, Swipe through to learn more about our project that will collect, archive, and share first-hand stories about ableism in the medical system during COVID.”2: Text reads: “The inspiration for this project began with Twitter user Sarah Madoka Currie’s thread sharing the JAMA finding that the second strongest risk factor for dying from COVID is a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is linked to a 2.7x greater risk of dying from COVID. The tweet thread screenshots from Sarah, @kawaiilovesarah, follow the text.”3: “Academic studies have primarily focused on biological connections between disability and COVID complications. They do not focus on how medical discrimination and ableism lead to differing quality of and access to care for disabled folks during the continuing pandemic.Instead, we are using a folkloric approach to create an archive of stories through social media and interviews, all centered around the lived pandemic experiences of disabled people.”4: “Do you have a pandemic story that you would like to share for our project? Want to stay in contact with updates about it? Contact us and share your link to a social media post through the following Google form at: tinyurl.com/ArchiveProjectForm Follow the lab’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up with this project and receive more updates!” The lab’s handle @RadMadLab and websites follow the text.]#disability #mydisabledlifeisworthy #COVID19 #DisabilityInstagram #disabled #covid #pandemic #longcovid #highriskcovid #disabilityrightsarehumanrights 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

Email: disabilitylab@berkeley.edu

Lab Location: Hearst Annex D-1

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