Emma Lawton, Parkinson's UK: discovering your superpower

Emma Lawton, Parkinson's UK: discovering your superpower

By The Evening Standard

Emma Lawton was working as a graphic designer when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 29. The condition rendered her unable to draw until she teamed up with Microsoft as part of a BBC documentary. Together they created a unit to wear on her wrist like a watch which balanced the tremors in her hand to enable her to draw again.

Emma is now a digital strategist for Parkinson's UK, where she has been working to help create apps and devices which can help people with Parkinson's manage their condition - and not, in her words, look 'daggy': "remember you're designing for people with taste," she says.

In this interview Anne Marie and Emma talk about living with a long-term physical condition and how that has informed and affected Emma's career in design and tech. They discuss exceeding others' expectations, how technology can play a role in helping people of all abilities to understand themselves and live well.

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Emma Lawton is on Twitter @Ems_Lawton, and her blog is https://www.thef---itlist.com/

Anne Marie Imafidon is on twitter @aimafidon and instagram @notyouraverageAMI

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