Examining art’s role in advancing disability rights
“We typically tolerate disability. That’s the capacity of legislation, to tolerate disabled people,” says Eliza Chandler, speaking to the limits of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. While the aim of the AODA is to help make public buildings and businesses more accessible, Dr. Chandler’s teaching practice and research as an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s school of disability studies is more interested in the ways cultural production furthers disability rights. “We need access to art galleries, and art studios, access to being understood as desirable, sexual – all of these things that can’t be protected by a human rights framework,” she says.