Accessibility, Technology, and Fashion Design



In May of last year, we had a talk from Grace Jun of Parsons The New School, Creating clothing for people with disabilities with Open Style Lab (, which has students of Design & Technology and Fashion work together in teams to create wearable, functional pieces for their assigned clients. I've since had the honor of advising and helping Open Style Lab ( teams now for three semesters in a row and can't wait to start the next! I'll talk about the experience, the program, and share some stories.

Speaker Bio

Shawn works as a software engineer, focusing on accessibility. He joined Google in 2011 as an engineer on the Documents team. In 1999 he dropped out of high school, in 2000 started working in the web development world, and in 2002 started working in the web accessibility world. He published a book in 2007 called Advanced Ajax: Architectures and Best Practices, based on his experience in creating rich Internet applications. In 2016, he joined the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group of the W3C as Google’s member representative. Also: co-founder/organizer of AccessibilityNYC.