CripTech: Disability and Technology in Japan and the United States – an International Symposium
December 7-8, 2018: David Brower Center Tamalpais Room Berkeley CA 9a-5pm

Poster shows details of the Criptech event with a photo of a woman with a robotic shoulder and arm
Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and the full social participation of disabled individuals in Japan and the United States. Both countries have invested considerable sums in these directions, but often this research is being conducted separately from the key stakeholders. This symposium brings together technologists, anthropologists, educators, and other researchers who are working on the nexus of technology, access, and design in Japan together with scholars, engineers, researchers, and activists in the United States for a four-day symposium and workshop in Berkeley, California, the home of the independent living movement. The majority of the participants identify as disabled people.

• December 7 (Fri) – 9am – 5pm
• December 8 (Sat) – 9am – 5pm

JAPAN Speakers and Presenters
1. Satsuki AYAYA (Researcher), Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
2. Asa ITO (Associate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts) Tokyo Institute of Technology
3. Yoshihiko KAWAUCHI (Professor, Department of Human Environmental Design) Toyo University
4. Shinichiro KUMAGAYA (Associate Professor), Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
5. Ayako Shimizo (President) Hikari Lab
6. Ninon Lambert (research student) Tokyo University

USA Speakers and Presenters
1. Valerie Black (doctoral candidate) UC Berkeley
2. Regan Brashear (Filmmaker)
3. Abigail Cochran (doctoral candidate) UC Berkeley
4. Chris Downey (Architect) Architecture for the Blind
5. Aimi Hamraie* (Assistant Professor; Center for Medicine, Health, and Society) Vanderbilt University)
6. Laura Harrison (doctoral candidate) UCSD
7. Liz Henry (Futurist) Mozilla
8. Josh Miele (Scientist) The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
9. Gregor Wolbring* (Associate Professor) Dept. of Community Health Sciences; University of Calgary

* Speakers indicated with a * asterisk will present remotely via teleconferencing software

CART services have been requested for the conference and films will be open captioned and audio described. ASL interpretation for talks is available by advance request to The conference venue is wheelchair accessible and is located near the downtown Berkeley BART station. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes (including essential oils) and please respect the scent-free zones in the conference area. For all other access requests, please email

This event was made possible by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Disability Studies Cluster, and Making Change Media. Poster design by Franchesca Spektor.