My name is Stephanie Valencia-Valencia and I am originally from Medellin, Colombia. I am a biomedical engineer passionate about designing technologies to empower people of all abilities. I believe in the power of design to redefine existing barriers that limit the human potential.

I am a research fellow at the Yale Child Study Center and the Technology and Innovation Lab (TIL)  and Yale Early Social Cognition Lab (YESCog) under the mentorship of Dr. Frederick Shic and Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska. At TIL, I am developing tangible interfaces to examine play patterns and the impact of multi-sensory learning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) among other projects.

I strongly believe that the Maker's Movement can help increase access to assistive technologies around the world. I dream about this every day and work passionately to contribute to this goal by developing Assistive Labs.



Photo taken during Danny's Game-Changing Makeathon. (One of the best weeks of my life - Story Here)

Assistive Technology  - Mobile HealthHuman-Centered DesignArt and InclusionDesign for allBiosignals


Solving Tech Problems Using the Makeathon Concept - http://www.abilities.com/community/makeathon.html

Can the Maker Movement Increase Access to Assistive Technologies? - http://www.resna.org/news-events/annual-meeting/workshop-descriptions/can-do-it-yourself-movement-increase-access


“Designing for All Abilities through Art and Engineering” - http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/18/beyond-boundaries-explores-intersection-art-humanities-and-science

“Assistive Labs: Collaborative Development of Assistive Technology for Low-Income Settings-  http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/speakers-2016


“Designing tools that enable change starts with awareness, education, and measurement.What good is a tool if the user does not know how to use it?  The objects and systems we design must deliver solutions to problems and do so in a manner that is meaningful, adaptive, and quietly didactic.”  

-Emily Pilloton, Design Revolution


“The design issues around disability are underexplored, and demand and deserve far more radical approaches…What is needed is truly interdisciplinary design thinking, combining and blurring design craft with engineering brilliance, therapeutic excellence, and the broadest experiences of disabled people.”

-Graham Pullin, Design Meets Disability


Challenges in life are disguised invitations to grow, create groundbreaking solutions and establish new connections that can bring refreshing perspectives.

I am fueled by this mission of creating innovative solutions that can meaningfully impact a person’s life through interdisciplinary design thinking and the broadest experience of people.

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