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December 5, 2022

Call for Participants: TMU Research Study

Hosted by Toronto Metropolitan University

Adult volunteers needed for a research study on the experiences of people with low or no vision participating in cultural activities in downtown Toronto.

Do you or someone you know identify as an artist, curator or patron of the arts who is Blind, low vision or visually impaired? Toronto Metropolitan University is currently recruiting up to 6 participants for a focus group discussing inclusion and access of people with visual impairments participating in cultural and artistic activities in downtown Toronto.

What we will ask you to do: - Participate in a two hour focus group over Zoom on an evening this fall, - Discuss your experiences getting to and from different cultural activities in downtown Toronto, and the feelings you experience being in these places, and - Contribute to a public-facing artistic project that aims to describe the experience of being in spaces that either accommodate one’s access needs or do not.

The information gathered in this research will help inform urban planners and policy makers on how a space can best meet the access needs of someone who is Blind, low vision or visually impaired.

$20 compensation available!

Want to know more? You can contact the principal investigator, Justine Bochenek, at jbochenek@ryerson.ca

**Study name: **Cripping spatial accessibility from cultural spaces to the public realm in Toronto

*This study has been reviewed by and obtained approval from the Research Ethics Board of Toronto Metropolitan University (REB2022-329).

Accessibility

Written and oral consent forms available.

In Toronto, there are various infrastructures that incorporate guidelines from the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. AODA guidelines can be reductive, however, in that they dictate which disabilities can be accommodated in the public realm, reproducing stereotypes and binaries for how to address disability and access. I hope my project will not only name the barriers and supports available to people to access the cultural spaces and galleries in Toronto, but also showcase the feelings evoked in these spaces, and help urban planners understand that to crip can be a transformative way to approach inclusive urban design.

Organizations

Toronto Metropolitan University

350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3, Canada

Phone number: 416-979-5000

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