Category Archives: History of Disabilities

Virtual Spaces, Contested Histories: A Retrospective of a One-Day Symposium on “Envisioning Technologies”

By Roy Hanes and Beth A. Robertson   Technological advances have historically been integral to creating inclusive spaces of learning, whether in schools, universities or public libraries, especially as the discourse has shifted from one of ‘charity’ to a human right. Yet how does one tell that story in an online format that is similarly inclusive and accessible? On Thursday,… Read more »

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

Introduction to the Exhibit by Dominique Marshall on behalf of Carleton University’s Disabilities Research Group   Machines of the past hold many of the secrets for designers of future technologies.  This is why in the 1960s, a mechanic from Gatineau with 2% vision, personally collected precious old Braille printing machines.  Roland Galarneau laboured in his basement for over a decade,… Read more »