About the project
The project was inspired by the changes that Western University (UWO) made during the pandemic, and how these changes impacted students with disabilities, both positively and negatively.
The goal of the project is to identify accessibility issues that students face at UWO, and to figure out possible solutions that can be implemented quickly, and that are effective and wanted by students.
While beginning the research, the student interns used popular social media platforms to learn how students use social media in terms of accessibility. They then used their results to make the poster ‘UWO Students Use of Social Media to Navigate Accessibility.’ (Hyperlink)
Afterwards, the team sent out a survey for UWO students about disability and accessibility, and then set up interviews with students who wanted to share their experiences.
Using the data collected the team wrote a ‘Conversations Piece’ (Hyperlink) that discusses disability, accessibility and students returning to normal following the pandemic. (Maybe ‘and universities attempting to return to ‘normal’)
Because of the significant student participation and the large amount of data collected, the scope of the project has been expanded, and will be continued throughout the year.