Do-It-Yourself Empowerment as Experienced by Novice Makers with Disabilities. Meissner, J. L.; Vines, J.; McLaughlin, J.; Nappey, T.; Maksimova, J.; and Wright, P. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - DIS '17, pages 1053–1065, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2017. ACM Press.
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Recent HCI research has highlighted the potential afforded by maker technologies for supporting new forms of DIY Assistive Technology (DIY-AT) for people with disabilities. Furthermore, the popular discourse surrounding both the maker movement and disability is one of democratisation and empowerment. Despite this, critics argue that maker movement membership lacks diversity and that within DIY-AT, it is seldom the people with disabilities who are creating such designs. We conducted a qualitative study that explored how people with disabilities experience the empowering potential of making. We analysed online videos by makers with disabilities and conducted fieldwork at two makerspaces. These informed the design of DIY-Abilities, a series of workshops for people with disabilities in which participants could learn different maker technologies and complete their own maker project. Through analysis of participants’ narratives we contribute a new perspective on the specific social and material capacities of accessible maker initiatives.
@inproceedings{meissner_-it-yourself_2017,
	address = {Edinburgh, United Kingdom},
	title = {Do-{It}-{Yourself} {Empowerment} as {Experienced} by {Novice} {Makers} with {Disabilities}},
	isbn = {978-1-4503-4922-2},
	url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3064663.3064674},
	doi = {10.1145/3064663.3064674},
	abstract = {Recent HCI research has highlighted the potential afforded by maker technologies for supporting new forms of DIY Assistive Technology (DIY-AT) for people with disabilities. Furthermore, the popular discourse surrounding both the maker movement and disability is one of democratisation and empowerment. Despite this, critics argue that maker movement membership lacks diversity and that within DIY-AT, it is seldom the people with disabilities who are creating such designs. We conducted a qualitative study that explored how people with disabilities experience the empowering potential of making. We analysed online videos by makers with disabilities and conducted fieldwork at two makerspaces. These informed the design of DIY-Abilities, a series of workshops for people with disabilities in which participants could learn different maker technologies and complete their own maker project. Through analysis of participants’ narratives we contribute a new perspective on the specific social and material capacities of accessible maker initiatives.},
	language = {en},
	urldate = {2020-03-19},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2017 {Conference} on {Designing} {Interactive} {Systems} - {DIS} '17},
	publisher = {ACM Press},
	author = {Meissner, Janis Lena and Vines, John and McLaughlin, Janice and Nappey, Thomas and Maksimova, Jekaterina and Wright, Peter},
	year = {2017},
	pages = {1053--1065},
}
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