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Oct 11, 2022

For most of healthcare training, our clinical learning experiences take place in clinic and/or hospital settings. Yet, at the same time, evidence shows that most of health improvement is a result of behaviors that occur at home, by the patient.  Without a greater understanding of the challenges faced in achieving health improvement through patients’ at home behavioral changes, we cannot achieve the desired goal our expert counseling in maximizing outcomes.   For patients with special needs and/or disabilities, this challenge becomes even greater. You will be inspired in learning from Matthew Weed; a scholar, a person with special needs and with disabilities, an engaging keynote speaker, and a patient who wants to help us help him.


Dr. Weed is a totally blind and very brittle type I diabetic three-time Yale graduate, including his Ph.D. in Genetics earned in 2004. He also has master’s degrees earned at Princeton and Harvard. During his dissertation work he was an informal adviser on international policy on embryonic stem cell and human cloning research to the Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health.

After six years of post-doctoral work in bio ethics and medical education at Yale Dr. Weed became the Interim Associate Director of The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s $150 million Wisconsin Institute for Discovery which he helped launch in 2010-2012.

Matthew co-created one of the first methods for making electronic text available to the blind in 1990. He has worked with, and mentored, hundreds of student volunteer caregivers, many of whom are now in careers in healthcare and health policy. He is working with people at a variety of institutions to find cost-effective ways to lower the barriers to millions of elderly and disabled Americans’ ability to live independently and productively.

Matthew skis, kayaks, has completed a rollerblading marathon, and has traveled around the world—twice.

Among his other projects, Dr. Weed is an accessibility consultant for colleges and corporations. He completed a contract on web accessibility with the National Institutes of Health in 2021. He is also co-developing tools and techniques to help people who aren’t comfortable with technology learn how to use smart devices so they can become full participants in our information driven society.