Dr. Mona Minkara is a blind scientist, an adventurer, and a storyteller. She is known for her passion, dedication, and commitment to the idea that “Vision is More than Sight”, which has and continues to permeate all her professional and personal projects. Dr. Minkara has lost her vision at a young age and, through perseverance and personal ambition, she is now not only an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern but also the creative mind behind her one-of-a-kind YouTube travel show Planes, Trains, and Canes (PTC).
As a visionary and inventive creator, Dr. Minkara perceived that PTC would be a fantastic platform to introduce her audience to her interest in travel, different cultural experiences, public transportation as well as a perfect platform to inspire individuals to reflect about their own society’s systems. Through PTC, Dr. Minkara aims to bring light to society’s regulations and structures and how they may carry hidden assumptions about individuals with disabilities.
In this case, Dr.Minkara’s PTC aims to open our eyes to ways that society’s systems, including public transportation systems, can impact the empowerment (or disempowerment) and inclusion of individuals with disabilities, by either facilitating or preventing these individuals from freely experiencing solo travel in diverse communities around the globe.
If you would like to know more about Dr.Minkara’s work, projects, and achievements, check out her website at www.monaminkara.com