Envisioning Technologies: Panel 5 Accessible Text

Title Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Memories, Voices and Technological Futures, 1918-2016 Main text The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) was an organization founded in 1918 for the purpose of providing technical, educational and social supports for people who were blind or partially sighted. It continues to this day and plays a …

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Envisioning Technologies: Panel 4 Accessible Text

Title Roland Galarneau and the Converto Braille, 1960-1989 Main text Roland Galarneau was a largely self-trained machinist and engineer born in Hull, Quebec in 1922 with two percent vision. In 1952, he built a powerful microscope, which he called a “roloscope” that enabled him to read printed material, including an array of literature on electronics. …

Envisioning Technologies: Panel 2 Accessible Text

Title The Emergence of Braille Technologies, 1860-1951  Main text Louis Braille invented the writing system that was named after him in 1820s France. Braille was imported into Canada from the 1860s onward, enabling Canadians who were blind to read, write and communicate. Yet activists like Edgar B.F. Robinson and others needed to struggle with sighted …

Envisioning Technologies-Introductory Panel Accessible Text

Title 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. Credits Created by Carleton University’s Disability Research Group: …

CHA 2016 Poster

Below is the poster we have created to present during the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting. It focuses on our latest creation, the virtual exhibit "Envisioning Technologies". Please use your mobile device to read the QR codes at the bottom right hand corner of the poster to get access to the online exhibit and the …

Histories of Disability Technologies

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 a biomedical engineer, a defence scientist, a social worker, a librarian, an …