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Howe Innovation Center community profile: Claire Chang

Claire Chang is part of Howe Innovation Center's advisory group - and a key member of its community committed to creating a more accessible world

Innovation – especially in DisabilityTech – takes community, collaboration and communication. The Howe Innovation Center is working hard to connect and convene the folks who are out there helping us ignite the spark of change in creating a more accessible world.

Claire Chang first got involved with Perkins earlier this year, and is a part of the Howe Innovation Center Advisory Group. She heard about us through Sensee, a startup she invested in that is building “Amazon for the visually impaired.”

Get to know more about Claire through her community profile!

What do you enjoy most about advising for the Howe Innovation Center?

Learning from my advisory peers as we explore ways to bring more awareness and innovation to vastly underserved communities.

Is there something you’ve learned over the past year that’s surprised you?

How important it is to define the [DisabilityTech] industry so that average people, including engineers, can understand the opportunities presented by the DisabilityTech category. Defining the category really helps people understand what’s needed so they can apply their expertise.

What’s the last book you read?

It’s more like what was the last book I bought. And my answer would be OUTLIVE, The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia. I’d love to find time to read, so I keep buying books and my reading list keeps piling up. In the meantime, I have been listening to more podcasts.

What do you like to do for fun?

I am an avid golfer. I love that it’s:

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My favorite meal is breakfast, so I’d choose an omelet with all kinds of veggies (protein and veggie, checked!), with some sort of toast or bagel, and fresh juice and good coffee. I’d be set for the day!

What would you say to someone curious about volunteering with Howe?

If you like being at the forefront of impactful innovation that can change the lives of many people who have been largely ignored for a long time, the Howe Innovation Center would be a great platform to engage and get involved in.

Also, to understand Howe/Perkins, please read founder Samuel Gridley Howe’s story and the impact he has made in the space. It’s been an honor to be part of this group.

What are looking forward to in your work with Howe Innovation Center?

Sandy and her team have done an amazing job of defining the new category of DisabilityTech. This is a monumental step, and I hope to support the group’s effort in bringing awareness and resources together to build a strong DisabilityTech community!

Want to learn more about the Howe Innovation Center – including how to join our community of folks committed to creating a more accessible world? Visit us at

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Innovation can’t happen without all of us. Together, we can solve real accessibility problems.

If you want more from-the-front-lines perspective on what’s happening across the DisabilityTech market, join the Howe Innovation Center community. You’ll get members-only access to resources and insight that’s not available anywhere else, including our white paper, Defining DisabilityTech: The Rise of Inclusive Innovation.

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