Today’s episode is about disabled inventors, featuring an interview with Jane Hartman Adamé, Co-Founder and Co-Inventor of Keela Cup, a new menstrual cup designed for all types of bodies and abilities.
Along with Co-Founder and Co-Inventor Andy Miller, Jane designed Keela Cup using what she calls disability-driven design. You’ll hear Jane talk about the origins of Keela Cup, the importance of controlling your own narrative, and how her recent diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome changed the trajectory of Jane’s life and career as an entrepreneur. This interview was originally recorded at StoryCorps on February 2, 2018 as part of the Disability Visibility Project.
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Adamé, Jane Hartman. (April 3, 2018). Including Disability to Drive Innovation. Medium.com
Adamé, Jane Hartman. (April 14, 2018). Solving Through Listening: Crowdsourcing Design Solutions. Medium.com
Holmes, Kat. (August 8, 2018). Breaking Down the Wall of Exclusion. Mismatch Design.
Imagine Otherwise: Aimi Hamraie on the Politics of Disability and Design. (July 18, 2018). Ideas on Fire.
Jane Hartman Adamé is the co-founder and CEO of Keela Cup, a novel new menstrual cup designed to be easier to use for people of all abilities. Born from her challenges using conventional cups due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Keela Cup was designed by Jane and her co-founder Andy Miller, a seasoned medical device designer to solve issues around insertion and removal. Keela Cup has raised over $55,000 via crowd funding and is currently taking pre-orders and slated to begin shipping in fall 2018. For more: www.keelacup.com
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Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Album: NO BIG DEAL
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp