Welcome to the online home of Carleton University’s Disability Research Group. Founded in 2013 by three members of the Disability Studies Committee at Carleton, we are a thoroughly interdisciplinary team from a wide range of scholarly and professional backgrounds. Our group presently includes two engineers, a defence scientist, a social worker, a librarian, an independent living specialist and several historians. Our mission is to investigate the ways in which disability studies, technology and history interrelate, largely through researching and designing virtual exhibits.

The objective of Carleton University’s Disability Research Group is to raise awareness, as well as questions about societal understandings of disability and technology by creating virtual exhibits and other collaborative, multidisciplinary research outputs that take a participatory approach to telling the histories of activists, users, and innovators who contribute to a more inclusive and accessible transnational Canada.

Our 3 main areas of focus:

Users – advocacy, activism, usage, personal histories and daily living of individual and collective actors

Access – access to space, communications, and information, as well as the regulations, prohibitions, limitations, costs and attitudinal barriers that have historically been imposed upon that access

Innovation – historical development of inclusive and barrier-free design, usability, sustainability and transnational transfers of technology.

Our Exhibits

We aim to create accessible exhibits for more inclusive learning and opportunities for collaboration.



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