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You’ve given me my body back: A Q&A with Hugh HerrYou’ve given me my body back: A Q&A with Hugh Herr

Posted By Morton Bast

Bionics designer Hugh Herr spoke today on the TED stage about a future in which disability is a mere memory – a future he believes is both imminent and imperative. With pant legs cropped to reveal his own two bionic legs (“I made sure to shave today,” he joked), he explained the fascinating details of […]

Live from TED2014

A first dance, on a next-generation bionic limb: Hugh Herr and Adrianne Haslet-Davis at TED2014A first dance, on a next-generation bionic limb: Hugh Herr and Adrianne Haslet-Davis at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at The MIT Media Lab, strolls onto the TED2014 stage in a pair of long, black shorts. Normally, what he’s wearing wouldn’t be of note—except that he’s chosen his ensemble today to show us something. Below the hem of his shorts, we see that he has two prosthetic legs. […]

Health

Further reading (and watching) on autismFurther reading (and watching) on autism

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Derek Paravicini is many things: an incredible piano player, a blind man, an excited talker, a musical savant, and a 30-something with severe autism. In today’s TED Talk, we get a fascinating peek into how he understands music. Paravicini — who was playing major concert halls at the age of 10 — not only has […]

Education

A video that will give you hope in the next generationA video that will give you hope in the next generation

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Walt Cochran, a teacher in Kansas City, shared this touching video with us for Education Week about his children — one disabled, one not — who make you think about the depth of the sibling relationship. Lindsay, 10, suffers from a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has been in a wheelchair […]

Art

See much more of Sue Austin’s incredible wheelchair artSee much more of Sue Austin’s incredible wheelchair art

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Sue Austin’s first ride in a wheelchair was an exhilarating one. “An extended illness had changed the way I could access the world … I’d seen my life slip away and become restricted,” explains Austin in today’s talk, which was given at TEDxWomen in December. “When I started using the wheelchair 16 years ago, it was a […]

Culture

They feel like they can fly: The first wheelchair basketball tournament in Afghanistan, seeded in a TED wishThey feel like they can fly: The first wheelchair basketball tournament in Afghanistan, seeded in a TED wish

Posted By TED Guest Author

Close your eyes and listen to the grunts and jostling, the smack of rubber on cement and triumphant high-fives. You could be listening to a pickup basketball game anywhere. But you’re in Afghanistan and this is much more than just a game. It is the country’s very first wheelchair basketball tournament and the players are […]

Culture

Openness about injuries: Q&A with Joshua PragerOpenness about injuries: Q&A with Joshua Prager

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Until he was 19, Joshua Prager wanted to play professional baseball or be a doctor. After 19, he was just glad he could walk. For eight years Prager was a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee for his long-form pieces investigating historical secrets. In his talk […]