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Welcome to the website and homepage of Technology & Disability.

Image of two feet, one prosthetic and one meaty, wearing blue-green tevas and standing on a faded green mat that reads "Welcome" and has printed flowers.

This webpage reflects content and themes from “Technology and Disability” at Virginia Tech, a course developed by Dr. Ashley Shew. Happy to announce that Technology & Disability class now has an official course listing at the undergrad-level: STS 3284! We are still working on submitting the course at the graduate level.

This course will also be used to post and share materials related to an NSF CAREER Award on “Disability, Experience, and Technological Imagination” (#1750260), running from July 2018 to June 2023. A team, led by PI Ashley Shew, will be curating information for our and other classrooms about the lived experience of disability in the context of media and design narratives that feature disabled bodies. We’re engaging in humanities research related to how disabled people describe their bodies and lives in relationship to technologies.

About this Page:

On this page, you can find:

  • information about past runs Technology & Disability class (from when it was taught as a rotating topics course and since it has a permanent number),
  • information about Dr. Shew’s research program (both in the bio and sometimes on the blog),
  • information from research team members, and
  • links to other wonderful course sites and blogs related to disability (some amazing stuff out there).

We’ll be adding in pedagogical units and posting related writing over the next few years.

If you have any queries, please email shew@vt.edu.

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