Podcast Episode 18 – Disability and Design

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 18 (January 2020): Disability and Design

Bess Williamson (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) discusses her new book on disability and design in US history.

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Dr. Bess Williamson is a historian of design and material culture, focusing primarily on works and influences of the last half-century. She is particularly interested in social and political concerns in design, including environmental, labor, justice, and rights issues as they shape and are shaped by spaces and things. Her book Accessible America: A History of Design and Disability (NYU Press, 2019) traces the history of design responses to disability rights from 1945 to recent times. You can find her on Twitter @besswww and on Instagram @accessible.design.