The Critical Design Lab is a collective of disabled designers and design researchers. We are launching a new digital project called The Remote Access archive. The archive will include materials that show how disabled people have used technology for participation, both during and before the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to know about the times you asked for remote access and were told “no,” or the interesting ways you used remote access to organize from bed, to socialize, to work, and to connect in various ways. We are interested in those old boxes of newsletters in your attic, the phone trees and telegrams your family members may have had, your ASL vlog, your correspondence course, and your remote pandemic birthday party. We would like a way to show the world that remote access is part of disability culture. This archive can be a reference for those of us working for access to remain in place even as the world “re-opens” in the next year.
You can learn more about this project (including how to submit materials) via English and ASL at this link: https://www.mapping-access.com/the-remote-access-archive.
Please feel free to share in your networks!
Aimi Hamraie, PhD (they/them)
Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies
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Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disabilityhttps://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/building-access
The Remote Access Archivehttps://www.mapping-access.com/the-remote-access-archive
Vanderbilt University is on the ancestral lands of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee, and Muscogee (Creek) peoples. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 led to the forced and violent displacement of these and other Indigenous peoples to the west of the Mississippi River. The University should adopt an official land acknowledgement, as has been proposed by the Vanderbilt Indigenous Scholars Organization. As Tamee Livermont and McKalee Steen write in the Vanderbilt Hustlerhttps://vanderbilthustler.com/39507/featured/guest-editorial-indigenous-student-struggles-why-vanderbilt-can-and-should-do-better-for-indigenous-people/?fbclid=IwAR167dIIQqGoEY_LChRl95NjkMorsHmqgPEuz2qzWMKPpcK5S3UZXvFEelo, this land acknowledgement is the bare minimum and should be followed by structural, budgetary, and policy support for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff.