Designing For Function and Universal Access | Sarah Houbolt

Sarah Houbolt

TEDxSydney 2017 · 16 June 2017

Solving challenges related to access for people with disabilities isn’t as simple as a drop-down menu. Acrobat, dancer and Paralympian, Sarah Houbolt shares her unique views on how to make spaces more inclusive, and in the process, society as well.

Sarah Houbolt likes to take risks in the name of leadership. As an international circus and physical theatre performer, arts manager and diversity advocate, Sarah designs her life around creativity, deep understandings of accessibility, and the need to question what we can actually see. And what we haven’t seen already but should see.

Born in North Queensland, Sarah began her dialogue around disability at age five, with her first media interview.  Sarah is a Paralympian and a freak show performer. Her performance credits include Cirque du Soleil. She was the manager of Arts Activated 2016, and a speaker at the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2016, on the topic of disability arts history. Sarah works with the University of Technology Sydney from its Equity and Diversity unit, coordinating central staff and student accessibility policy responses across the University. Her work champions the importance of cultural leadership and getting specific around how we look at accessibility in education, employment, design and innovation.

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