Accessibility Designer & Researcher

Portrait of Lauren Race, a white woman with blonde hair and pink glasses, wearing a black western shirt with embroidered red roses against a white wall and house plant.

My mission is accessibility innovation, removing access barriers through my love of design, research, and teaching.

My process combines human-centered, multisensory, and co-design methods to craft and evaluate novel accessible experiences.


Education

New York University | 2017 – 2019
Master’s: Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
Thesis: Designing Tactile Schematics
Developed novel set of tactile schematics design guidelines with Blind and Low Vision learners.
Academic Advisors: Dr. Amy Hurst and Tom Igoe

Pratt Institute | 2004 – 2008
BFA: Communications Design, Art History


Experience

Staff Accessibility Product Designer
Twitter | December 2020 – Current
Designing, researching, and teaching on the cross-functional Accessibility Experience Team. Improving access on Twitter’s consumer product by designing and evaluating novel accessibility features. Changing organization design culture to include accessibility through designing and facilitating hands-on curricula and developing internal tooling.

Accessibility Researcher
New York University | September 2018 – Current
I am an adjunct at NYU ITP for fall semester 2022, developing and teaching a new curriculum, Multisensory Design.

I research the design of accessible educational tools in Amy Hurst’s lab, an interdisciplinary research space focused on the intersection of disability and technology. I’m seated in the Occupational Therapy Department within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, through a 4-year federal IMLS National Leadership Grant.

I partner with two communities of practice: 1) the Blind and Low Vision design community at The Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library and 2) Disability advocates with sensory, mobility, and cognitive disabilities at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Past experience

Art Director/Assoc. Creative Director
Freelance | February 2016 – August 2018
R/GA, Edelman, Big Spaceship

Art Director
RazorfishJune 2012 – February 2016
Significant clients: Spotify, HeForShe, Uniqlo

Assistant Art Director
BBDO New YorkJune 2007 – June 2012
Significant clients: GE, AT&T, Monster, Mars


Fellowship

Research Fellow
NYU Ability Project | August 2019 – August 2020
In affiliation with NYU ITP’s research residency. Conducted research and led workshops in academia and industry on accessibility design. Co-taught a museum accessibility design course and advised students in the design lab. 


Certifications

Certified Professional in Accessibility (CPACC)
IAAP | August 2020 – August 2023
Cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about disability, accessibility, inclusive/universal design, physical and digital standards, laws, and management strategies.

Social & Behavioral Research
CITI Program | January 2018 – March 2025
Knowledge of human research ethics, including roles in the protection of human subjects, advanced modules on informed consent topics, vulnerable populations, big data research, mobile apps research, disaster/conflict research, regulations, laws and local policies. Training is renewed every three years.


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