FacingDisability at Chicago Ideas Week

November 9, 2012

We’re pleased to announce that our Chicago Ideas Week event led by our website design team at TableXI, was a success. On October 10th, Josh Golden, founder and CEO of TableXI, led an interactive presentation on “Building Community through Technology: Connecting Life Stories,” using the creation of FacingDisability as a model. The discussion panel included Zócalo Group digital strategist and Table XI partner emeritus Jordan Ho, senior designer Daniel Strabley, and FacingDisability founder Thea Flaum.

You may or may not already know that FacingDisability is the first website designed to connect individuals with spinal cord injuries with others who have been there before them. We worked closely with TableXI to refine and execute our vision, and now, one year later, the site has more than 1,000 original videos, gained national media attention, and positively impacted hundreds of lives in Chicago and beyond.

“When we began our partnership with Facing Disability, Thea had a vision that we found incredibly compelling, but she didn’t know how to get there,” says Josh. “We collaborated with her and her team every step of the way to further expand, then subsequently refine her vision into the compelling, easy-to-use, inviting online community that Facing Disability is today.”

FacingDisability has proven so successful that the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is currently working on a similar website for people with traumatic brain injuries. Josh finds it an interesting proof of concept. “Now they’re developing a whole new set of videos and reusing the technology for a new disease–it makes you think, can we do this for cancer patients? For amputees? Chicago Ideas Week has become an important event in the city, and we’re so excited to participate, since we believe this is a truly innovative way of doing things that was born and bred in Chicago.”

What ideas do you have for the new Traumatic Brain Injury website? Please share below.


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