Virtual Histories of Disability and Assistive Devices: An Active History Preview of "Envisioning Technologies" in Collaboration with Carleton University's Disabilities Research Group

Slate & Stylus, CNIB

Slate and Stylus, CNIB

This Active History exhibit preview highlights a few of the stories and objects to be included in Envisioning Technologies, a virtual exhibit in the making created by Carleton University's Disabilities Research Group. Envisioning Technologies is the second online project undertaken by this team, the first being A Wheechair History of Disability in Canada (mobilityhistories.ca). Similar to this initial undertaking, Envisioning Technologies will present multiple perspectives to illustrate the historic interaction between technical aids, medicine, societal and therapeutic attitudes, and the evolving definition of “disability”. In order to achieve this goal, it will focus on the stories of innovators and objects that have influenced and helped shape educational technologies for people who are blind or partially sighted in nineteenth and twentieth-century Canada. This Active History exhibit will present a portion of this much larger project, with some additional insights on some of these inventions by Joanna Pearce, a Ph.D. Candidate in History from York University. The hope is to extend the conversation to a much wider community of historians and the public before the official launch of Envisioning Technologies in the spring of 2016.

 

This ActiveHistory.ca exhibit was created and made possible by the following people:

Adrian Chan, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

George Duimovich, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University

Roy Hanes, School of Social Work, Carleton University

Dominique Marshall, Department of History, Carleton University

Michael Nicholson, Former Regional-Director of Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Ottawa Office

Joanna Pearce, Department of History, York University

Ellen Pjawka, Project Administrator of Carleton University's Disabilities Research Group

Beth A. Robertson, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University

Dorothy-Jane Smith, Department of History, Carleton University

 

Many thanks to the supporters and collaborators of Carleton University's Disabilities Research Group:

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Canadian Science and Technology Museum

Canadian Urban Library Council

Carleton University Research Office

Centre for Equitable Library Access

National Research Council Library and Archives

New Sun Joy MacLaren Adaptive Technologies Centre, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University

 

 

Virtual Histories of Disability and Assistive Devices: An Active History Preview of "Envisioning Technologies" in Collaboration with Carleton University's Disabilities Research Group