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Enabled Environment: Understanding Bathrooms as Sensory Inclusive Public Spaces

Enabled Environment: Understanding Bathrooms as Sensory Inclusive Public Spaces [UBCO REB STUDY #: H19-00118] is taking place because the Government of Canada has recently passed new legislation for the Accessible Canada Act that addresses the physical, social, and economic inequalities experienced by disabled individuals. This study focuses on the social realities of underrepresented, less visible, and sensory impairments to understand what is needed to create truly accessible and inclusive public spaces. The insight and experiences of community members who access the public library are essential to understand the sensory complexities and social realities of public bathrooms and spaces in the Okanagan. 

This project at the University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus is part of an undergraduate research project by Madelaine Lekei. It is funded by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Science Undergraduate Research Award and is supervised by Dr. Fiona P. McDonald and Dr. Christine Schreyer (Community, Culture, Global Studies, at UBCO) and is carried out in collaboration with the Okanagan Regional Library.