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[TED Talk] 5 Thought-Provoking TED Talks By Disabled People – The Life Quadriplegic

TED talks are always fascinating and great at helping you to see things from a new perspective. There are hundreds of thought-provoking talks online given by people from all over the world. Here are a number of great TED talks given by disabled people which I find particularly thought-provoking.

1.     Deep sea diving… in a wheelchair

Sue Austin creates at which helps to express the sense of joy and freedom she feels when using her powerchair. She created an underwater wheelchair which allows her to glide effortlessly past coral reefs and schools of fish. I would love to try something like that!

2.     I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

Comedienne and journalist Stella Young talks about how society often sees disabled people as “inspiring” just for getting out of bed in the morning. Inspiration porn objectifies disabled people and makes it seem like our only purpose is to inspire able-bodied people. Stella explains why this is wrong in this funny talk.

3.     When we design for disability, we all benefit

Elise Roy is a former disability rights lawyer and is now a design thinker. In this talk she discusses how people with disabilities see the world from a different perspective, and this perspective allows them to solve problems in ways that other people wouldn’t have thought of. She says: “When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.”

4.     Our fight for disability rights – and why we’re not done yet

Judith Heumann talks about her personal role in the fight for disability rights in America. She highlights how far disabled access has come in the last 50 years, but also how far we have still yet to go.

5.     We Are All Designers

John Hockenberry, a journalist, talks about how living a life of intent can help us to make our lives our own. We can take what we are given in life, such as our disabilities, and put our own spin on it such that our lives are not defined by our disabilities. We can create a new story to cover up the old one. Something better.


Watch the Talks —->  5 Thought-Provoking TED Talks By Disabled People – The Life Quadriplegic

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[TED Talk] Rebecca Brachman: A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD – TED Talk

Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing altogether? Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Rebecca Brachman shares the story of her team’s accidental discovery of a new class of drug that, for the first time ever, could prevent the negative effects of stress — and boost a person’s ability to recover and grow. Learn how these resilience-enhancing drugs could change the way we treat mental illness.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

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[TED Talk] Erica Stone: Academic research is publicly funded -why isn’t it publicly available?

In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholars, making the case that academics should publish in more accessible media. “A functioning democracy requires that the public be well-educated and well-informed,” Stone says. “Instead of research happening behind paywalls and bureaucracy, wouldn’t it be better if it was unfolding right in front of us?”

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxMileHighWomen, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.

Erica Stone · Writer, teacher, community organizer

Erica Stone works at the intersection of writing, teaching, and community organizing.


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[TED Talk] Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brains.


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