As human beings, our culture regulates us both in the ways we think as well as in the ways we perceive and connect to our reality. It is only when we encounter those individuals with sensing abilities different than our own, like visually impaired people or the hard of hearing, that the illusion of uniformity becomes challenged. The plasticity of our bodies creates incredible answers to sensory challenges and it is the richness of those solutions that The OtherAbilities will be focusing on.
The OtherAbilities is conceived as a three-day festival. It will bring together art and science professionals who create objects and situations that enable people to share experiences and activities whether or not they share the same physical abilities. We hope to signal the possibility for a paradigm shift from disability to otherability.