My name is Caitlin Gebhard (they/them, she/her).
I am passionate about normalizing disability and supporting disability justice through accessible design, from creating social spaces where everyone feels empowered, to designing technology, products, and services that can be easily and enjoyably used regardless of ability or background.
As a curious learner and trained technical writer, editor, researcher, and designer, I apply the principles of universal design to all aspects of my work — from research and writing to testing and launch – while infusing empathetic, sustainable, and inclusive design practices at every stage of the process.
I recently graduated with a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media from New York University. My graduate thesis, Connecting the Dots Community Toolkit: A Workshop on Systems Thinking for Community Problem Solving, aims to address the question, “How do communities, support networks, and mutual aid networks move beyond short-term support and towards long-term empowerment for people with disabilities?”
I am also an International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
Previously, I received a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Honors College with specializations in Nonfiction and Technical Writing and Communication.
I enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons and other boardgames with friends, finding the best ice cream in town, and reading stories about robot uprisings and strange new worlds.
Why “Better Marginalia”?
Marginalia are the scribbles, comments, annotations, doodles, or illuminations found in the margins of a page. From medieval scribes to hardworking students to designers reviewing copy and prototypes, engaging with printed ideas is a time-honored tradition.
I believe marginal notes are a critical part of the design process, whether for a web app, book revision, or technical documentation.