Special Topics in Information Studies: Information in a Disabling Society


Information for and about those considered to be on the margins of the “mainstream” is (and is not) made accessible based on certain assumptions. Such perspectives reinforce difference, “disability”, and further disempowerment of an individual or group.

Using a critical information lens, and through a mix of literature review, applied field study, and active dialogue with area expertise, how information and information services evolve in response to human experiences of disease, migration, poverty, culture, aging, and gender and sexual identity, will be explored. Alternative approaches will be considered.