As Colorado's first "Self-Advocate" Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow and Diversity Fellow (2015-2016) through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and through the support of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), Priscilla Carlson used her own experience to come up with an idea for her Capstone project. During her time as an undergrad at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Carlson was very active promoting disability etiquette and universal access by presenting to students and university staff. At one of those classroom presentations, she met Dr. Melinda Piket-May, Associate Professor of Engineering. Since then, they have collaborated on numerous occasions.
A couple of years later, Carlson was part of a panel with a mother of a son who has cerebral palsy. The mother expressed a need for some type of assistive technology that would help her son with daily living activities. Carlson introduced the mother and Dr. Piket-May via email, and they began working on a project. Project Innovate was born!
With the brilliant idea of this website and the go-ahead from her mentors and professors at JFK, Carlson got to work! Below a photo of Priscilla Carlson learning how to design a website from OIT Staff member, Michael Hystead.
Priscilla Carlson, behind a tripod, interviewing 3 of the 4 Device Girls: Kelsey Pool, Anna Anderson, and Elise Niedringhaus. Cassidy Andrichik was out of state at the time.