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Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement

December 8, 2023 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location:Virtual event via Zoom Meeting
Audience:Alumni, Anyone, Carleton Community, Current Students, Staff and Faculty
Key Contact:This workshop is hosted by the READi Program


Dr. Ashley Shew, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech will examine what we think we know about disability and its intersection with technology drawing from her new book, Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement. After a lecture taking up the ways disabled persons are the real experts when it comes to the intersection of technology and disability, Dr. Shew will join in discussion with Carleton Critical Disability Studies Professors Drs. Fady Shanouda and Kelly Fritsch, and MA student Adele Ruhdorfer. Event participants will then have a chance to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with Dr. Shew.

This event will take place virtually (via Zoom Meeting). Captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Please note: If you require additional accommodations to attend and/or fully participate, we kindly request you register a minimum of 5 business days prior to the event to allow sufficient time to book and secure a service provider.

* Registration is now closed. To learn about our next event, please visit: Kids Across the Spectrums: Growing Up Autistic in the Digital Age.

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This event is part of the Disability, Accessibility, and Technology: A Critical Disability Studies Discussion Series, sponsored by Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation (READi); Joint Chair in Women’s Studies (JCWS) at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University; Carleton’s Disability Justice and Crip Culture Collaboratory (DJCCC); Carleton’s Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Accessibility; Carleton’s School of Social Work; and Carleton’s Feminist Institute of Social Transformation (FIST).


Lecture by Dr. Ashley Shew, Department of Science, Technology, and Society, Virginia Tech

Carleton Discussants: Dr. Fady Shanouda (Feminist Institute of Social Transformation) and Adele Ruhdorfer (MA student, Art History)

Moderated by Dr. Kelly Fritsch (Department of Sociology and Anthropology)