Episode 009: Living with Disability with Travis B. Hartwell

November 30th, 2016 · 44 mins 16 secs

About this Episode

00:16 – Welcome to “Software Eats Human…” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!”

01:25 – Travis’ Superhero Origin Story

Retinitis Pigmentosa


09:00 – Explaining a Disability and Limitations to Others

The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino

14:25 – Supporting Someone with a Disability

19:56 – “Are you noticing your disabilities misrepresenting you in some ways?” – James Edward Gray II / Accessibility

30:29 – “I have a Buddhist friend with Marfan syndrome who has told me that the knowledge he could die at any time has been tremendously beneficial to his practice, and I sometimes wonder if I wouldn’t be a shallow asshole if I didn’t have my own stuff I’m dealing with. On that note, I’d be curious if you have any thoughts on how your disability and health challenges have positively impacted your life?” – Ryder Timberlake

32:10 – Coping Mechanisms and Defining Yourself By Your Work (Question from Craig Buchek)

34:20 – “What’s a non-programming hobby you’re into?” – Ben Hamill

36:10 – “What’s one thing you wish unknown strangers you encounter in public knew about you?” – James Edward Gray II

Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much


Astrid: Being cognizant if there’s a way to make your own code and applications more accessible to others.

Coraline: Thinking about The Spoon Theory and how it’s been appropriated by the activist community.

Mandy: Have empathy for both yourself and others, find your community, and disability is different for everyone.

Travis: Gaining empathy for other people to help other people gain empathy for other people.

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