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“Movers, Shakers, and Troublemakers: Intersections of Pediatric Mobility, Technology, and Disability Justice"

Date: October 20, 2022, at 11 AM – 12 PM

Location: Zoom Livestream

Heather A. Feldner, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Feldner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, core faculty in the Disability Studies Program, and an Associate Director of the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE) at the University of Washington. This talk will summarize Dr. Feldner’s current research, which is centered at the intersection of mobility, disability, and technology in two primary areas: Perceptions of disability and identity and how these emerge and evolve through technology use; and design and implementation of pediatric mobility technology, considering how attitudes and the built environment affect equity, participation, and learning.  She also focuses on how disability can be further integrated into intersectional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, particularly in health professions education. Her work incorporates multidisciplinary, mixed methods, and participatory approaches drawing from her background as a pediatric physical therapist, doctoral work in disability studies, and postdoctoral research in mechanical engineering.