How I Think.

As a person with significant hearing loss, I see the world differently and experience life in a unique way. Through my inability to hear, I’ve cultivated a strong sense of empathy and sharpened my ability to see adaptations to designs that solve hidden problems. I am one part disability advocate and one part designer with the added bonus of a psychology degree that developed my deep understanding of the human experience. 

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Illiteracy among the deaf in low-resource nations is at an alarming rate. How might we design a $500,000 prize for tech projects to help solve this?


Redesigning for sustainability

No electricity. No safe water. Hardly any job opportunities. How might we redesign a struggling deaf community in Haiti into a thriving, sustainable one? 


When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit

In her 2015 TEDx, Elise discusses why she believe that losing her hearing was one of the greatest gifts she's ever received. The talk has over 1 million views.

Communicating Health Policy for action

Baltimore was struggling to engage neighborhood leaders in their healthy city initiative. How might they better communicate health needs to leaders? 


making the whole world experience OUR world

The Center for Discovery, a residential facility for people with disabilities, has taken on an ambitious task: to design the first fully inclusive town in the U.S.


_At the table

The residents of East Baltimore are plagued with gangs, drugs, and few safe community spaces. _At the Table is an attempt to solve this. 

Multiple tools, One safety mechanism

Tool companies spend countless resources on designing a new safety mechanism for each new tool they create. What if we didn't have to?  


Average is useless
(Presentation, AIGA 2017)

Elise delivers a presentation to designers at the 2017 national AIGA conference discussing why designers need to throw average to the curb.