Over the past year, Rene Payne has been designing around disabilities for RISDiversity's community narratives project, Abled Differently. The project initiative generates fundamental dialogue about the perspectives and experiences of RISD community members living with different physical, mental, cognitive learning or chronic health disabilities. By sharing the artwork and narratives of students, faculty, staff and alumni, Abled Differently explores how disability informs both their creative practice and daily lives. 

Portraits by Adam Mastoon