TCAN: Dr. Matthew Weed on Overcoming Challenges

Our friends from the Yale Alumni Association have invited us to a talk by a leading accessibility expert

Matthew Weed is the first blind and brittle type I diabetic to graduate from Yale University (B.A. in Political Science, 1993; Ph.D. in Genetics, 2004). He also holds degrees from Harvard (M.A. in Genetics, 1996) and Princeton (MPA, 1995).

In 1990, while an undergraduate at Yale University, Matthew co-created one of the first methods for making electronic text available to the reading challenged. As a graduate student, Matthew worked closely with the NIH to help it make important databases and tools accessible to the reading challenged. From 2010 to 2012, Matthew helped open the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a $150 million research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today he helps institutions make their data and facilities more accessible to everyone; works as an educational search consultant for American, Brazilian and Chinese students; and is a motivational and topical speaker.

Dr. Weed asks you to bring business cards to facilitate connecting to others about the things you do and care about—which he will ask you to briefly describe at the end of his talk.


Event Information

Cost: Free
Registration Required:


7:00PM Mon 21 Oct 2019 ( Timezone: Central )


Hagfors Center, Room 150B
Augsburg University 700 21st Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN USA

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Event Contact
Ken Freed - Yale Alumni