Swail Senson

Swail Senson, 1966. Manufactured in Ottawa, Ontario.

The History Department of Carleton University is co-hosting a symposium and workshop entitled “Envisioning Technologies: Historical Insights into Educational Technologies for Persons who are Blind or Partially Sighted in Canada Since 1892”.

This unique event is dedicated to virtually representing the evolution of technical aids for persons who are blind or partially sighted in Canada. Bringing together scholars, educators and members of the community, our aim is to highlight critical disability studies, the history of technology and disability, education and accessibility and inclusive design. Our symposium will emphasize both the brilliant inventors and makers of technology and also focus on the users of these technologies, showcasing how people and technology move forward together in design, development, education and accessibility.

As part of the day’s activities, one of our recent alumni, Dr. Beth A. Robertson, will present an online exhibit, revolving around a series of artifacts and technologies that will be used to present the history of persons who are blind or partially sighted in Canada, exploring the ways they have negotiated, contested and reshaped public discussions around education and accessibility.

The event’s closing remarks will delivered by our Department Chair, Professor Dominique Marshall.

HCI Building, Thursday, March 3, 2015 from 9:00am-4:00pm.

Visit the event website for the full itinerary and to register online.

In partnership with: The School of Social Work, the Department of History, the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, the MacOdrum Library, CNIB Ottawa, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and the Centre for Equitable Access.