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Holly Cohen        

Occupational therapist, tinkerer; co-founder of DIYAbility

By teaching simple hacks, Holly Cohen adapts toys and other consumer electronics to create accessibility for all, including people with disabilities.

As an occupational therapist at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation and NYU professor, Holly Cohen is an expert on assistive technology: technology that improves the quality of life for people with disabilities.

In her quest to discover ways to make technology more accessible, Holly (and fellow explorer John Schimmel) co-founded DIYAbility, a maker organization empowering DIY designers to create tools for engaging their world (and to have fun doing it). Their projects include a video game controller for individuals that cannot use their hands, and teaching simple “hacks” to make the world more accessible.

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