This project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). 

THE COLLECTIVE MARGINS:

Curating Inclusion within Emerging Digital Landscapes 

This project is a digital ethnography that explores the how individual users and governing institutions are engaging in more equitable practices to facilitate greater accessibility within digital environments. Through a community based approach, this research seeks to understand how participants within digital environments engage with material objects, digital culture, social practices, and community standards to facilitate greater accessibility and inclusivity alongside people with disabilities. This project will address substantial gaps in institutional practices and current research applications regarding accessibility support systems within digital environments in order to highlight the importance of shifting the onus of accessibility from those with disabilities to collective social structures and institutions.

Madelaine is currently enrolled as a student in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, Community Engagement, Social Change, and Equity theme at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. This research is supervised by Dr. Fiona P. McDonald from the Faculty of Community, Culture, and Global Studies at UBC, Okanagan. This project is in collaboration with the Collaborative and Experimental Ethnography Lab at the UBC, Okanagan.

As a non-disabled and able-bodied researcher, Madelaine recognizes the unique ways that she carries the responsibility to confront the intersections of discrimination, ableism, and inequality within the physical, institutional, and digital spaces she occupies across her life and work.

 

If you would like to collaborate or learn about this project, please email Madelaine at madelaine.lekei@alumni.ubc.ca or visit her contact page here.

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