I’ve been a regular contributor to CBC Spark. Here are some docs I’ve produced for the show.

‘Reading by Ear’

Ever thought about the history of things like audio books? ‘Reading by Ear’ is a doc I produced for CBC Spark about the history of alternative reading formats – like Talking Books for the blind.

I speak with Mara Mills, a professor from NYU, who is doing research on the history of Talking Books; and Shefeka Hashash, who used Talking Books as she was growing up.

Talking Books have had a fascinating and forgotten history, especially in terms of how its related to the development of sound production technologies. Effects like Auto-Tune, for example, relate to the history of Talking Books.

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The Line Between Accessory and Assistive Technology

This segment explores how objects like glasses have transitioned from being associated with vision impairment to accessory for many people. And yet, other assistive technologies, like canes or hearing aids, haven’t made a similar transition.

I examined how how labelling certain devices as assistive technologies, shapes our assumptions and treatment of the people who use them.

Why are glasses cool, but not hearing aids like this one, decorated with crystals? (Flickr cc/Soichi Yokoyama)

This is the fourth and final episode of Adaptive. To listen to other episodes, visit Adaptive’s full website!

In this episode, we explore the blurry lines between ability, bodies and technology as told by two people. Danielle Peers and Lindsay Eales are artists, scholars and partners in Montreal who study disability from their personal perspectives.

To listen to the episode, visit the full episode page here!

Adaptive is my SSHRC-funded podcast about the interaction between human ability and technology. Through this four-part series, we follow the personal and intimate stories of people who experience disability alongside people researching disability.

You can listen to the teaser for the series here:

For the full experience, visit Adaptive‘s website.

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Adaptive episode one is an investigation into how we define ability and disability, often based on the technologies we use – like glasses, canes or walkers.

This episode includes Graham Pullin, a designer and research at the University of Dundee in Scotland who wrote the design manifesto, ‘Design Meets Disability’.

Drawing on similar themes, professor and designer Sara Hendren talks about her work at Olin College in Boston, where she teaches a course for engineers on designing for disability and diverse abilities.

Aimee Louw – a radio producer, writer and accessibility advocate – talks about her own experiences of disability and how that identity is really constructed and placed on her by other people.