Envisioning Technologies-Introductory Panel Accessible Text


Envisioning Technologies: An Exhibit on the History of Disability and Technology in Canada

Main text

Through stories of activism, ingenuity and engineering innovations, this exhibit considers how people who were blind or partially sighted reshaped broader discourses of disability, technology and access in Canada from 1860-Present.


Created by Carleton University’s Disability Research Group:

Adrian D.C.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

Richard Marsolais, Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Sreeraman Rajan, Chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Ottawa section

Beth A. Robertson, Department of History, Carleton University

Dorothy J. Smith, Department of History, Carleton University

Barbara Waruszynski, Chair of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), Ottawa section

Photography, Research and Design: Beth A. Robertson

Objects and archival materials graciously provided by the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the National Research Council and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Many thanks to our supporters:

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)                                                                     Canadian Science and Technology Museum (CSTM)
Canadian Urban Library Council (CULC)                                                                                       Carleton University (CU)                                                                                                                           Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)                                                                                   Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Canada                                             National Research Council (NRC), Library and Archives                                                                   New Sun Joy MacLaren Adaptive Technology Centre

 Image Description:

A red, wooden braillewriter, surrounded by two images, one of a user standing next to a talking RBC ATM (1997) and the other of CNIB teacher Elizabeth Rusk instructing Edna Sharpe on how to read braille (c.1934).


Footer – For All Panels

[Carleton University Logo], Envisioningtechnologies.omeka.net

Carleton University’s Disability Research Group

NOTE: Two Quick Response (QR) codes are positioned at the bottom right-hand corner. The one closest to the corner, once scanned, leads to accessible text of exhibit panels. The second code, to the immediate left of the first code, leads to the virtual version of the exhibit.


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