When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Ponderosa Commons Oak House, Room 1306A, 6445 University Boulevard -or- via video conference
Mobile Methods for Researching Bodies in Motion – Seminar #3: Technology and Disability
Technology in research with and for people with disabilities
In this seminar, Dr. Natasha Saltes, Professor Simon Darcy and Dr. Andrea Bundon will share their accounts of using technology to do research with and for people with disabilities.
*Live captioning will be provided for this event*
Natasha Saltes holds a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. She has a PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University where she researched disabled people’s experience using mobile devices in their everyday lives. She has an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University. Dr. Saltes’ research crosses several disciplines and examines disability in the context of access, inclusion and equality as well as the social impact of information and communication technology. Her current work looks at disability accommodation policies for instructors and faculty at institutions of higher education. Read Natasha Saltes’ latest paper on ’embodied practices of mobility’ here.
This talk highlights the significance of mobile devices in disability research as a topic of inquiry as well as a means of communication and data collection. The concept of ‘embodied practices of mobility’ (Saltes 2017) is discussed to illustrate the ways in which mobile devices are shifting practices and perspectives of disability as well as how researchers connect with participants and make sense of their experience. This talk concludes with an overview of the benefits of mobile methods in disability research.
Simon Darcy is a Professor at the UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney. He specialises in developing inclusive organisational approaches for diversity groups and understanding the social impact of organisations and individuals. Simon’s research has spanned sport, tourism, events, volunteers, transport, the built environment and disability services. His research and industry collaboration on accessible tourism has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to the field through the World Leisure Organisation’s Innovation Prize, the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s publication on best practice and the Asociación Española de Expertos Científicos en Turismo best research paper published in 2015. In 2017 Simon presented the Richard Jones Oration for the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission examining issues of transport, travel, sport and tourism as it relates to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He is co-author of Benchmark Games: Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games; Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues (2011); Best Practice in Accessible Tourism: Inclusion, Disability, Ageing Population and Tourism (2012); Australian Leisure (2013); Research Methods for Sport Studies and Sport Management (2014); and Managing the Paralympiics (2017). Find Simon Darcy’s work on Google Scholar here.
Professor Darcy’s presentation contextualises the use of technology in research for people with disability through examining the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through examining the key clauses involving ICT, assistive technology and the empowerment of PwD to increase social participation in employment, cultural enrichment and all other forms of human activity. Simon does this by examining recently completed projects involving private modified vehicles, smart phone technology platforms and online accessibility. He examines the importance of understanding the lived experience within the underlying values of the UN Convention: independence, dignity and equity.
Andrea Bundon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Her work is situated at the intersections of the sociology of sport and critical disability studies. Past research projects have used diverse (and often digital) community-based research methods to engage Paralympic stakeholders exploring topics such as the mainstreaming of disability sport and the formation of activist identities by athletes with disabilities. She is the editor of Digital Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity forthcoming in November 2017.Find Andrea Bundon’s work on Google Scholar here.
Bundon will share her experiences of carrying out community-based research with para-athletes. She will discuss the ways disability is (re)produced in supposedly ‘disembodied’ virtual environments and the different forms of ‘digital divides’ encountered in her practice.