Senior Project Advisor
Disability, Ableism, Assistive Technology, Art, Activism, Crochet
Disability is a common part of life, but not a well understood part of our cultural conscience. Because of this, the oppression that disabled people face, ableism, is particularly pervasive and under addressed. In order to begin to chip away at the systemic ableism that is embedded in all parts of society, disabled people need better representation in the media. This means not just showing stories that involve disabled people or that are about disabled people, but actual stories by disabled people about disability. One area of particular interest to me is addressing ableist misconceptions about assistive technology. To take on this topic from the perspective of a disabled person, I chose to use the medium of crochet to help soften the image of assistive technology and tell disability stories. In the future, I hope that this project can be expanded into a true craft as activism project, “craftivism”, that engages a wider group of people in the discussion about assistive technology and ableism, the process of crocheting, and the activity of community building and healing.
Abernathy, Charlotta, "Raising Canes: Crafting Disability Narratives" (2021). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 459.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
People with disabilities--Effect of technological innovations on; Discrimination against people with disabilities; Self-help devices for people with disabilities; Crocheting--Political aspects
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