Adaptive is:

A podcast series about how we make assumptions about ability based on how people use and interact with technology.

Adaptive is a 4-part podcast series about the interaction between human ability and technology. Producer Michelle Macklem speaks to researchers, designers and users of technologies that are often associated with disability, to investigate how our perceptions of disability are often shaped by the technologies people use. This podcast series is a part of a SSHRC-funded research-creation thesis for her MA in Media Studies at Concordia.

Adaptive was made by:

Michelle Macklem, series creator and producer.

Michelle Macklem is a radio producer and graduate student at Concordia University in Montréal. She has produced work for CBC and was shortlisted in 2015 for the HearSay International Audio Arts Festival. Michelle has produced content that aired on CBC Spark in January 2016. Michelle is a lab instructor and teaching assistant for Concordia’s intermediate sound production stream and has given guest lectures on the future of sonic storytelling and sound design. She is also a sound researcher with the Mobile Media Lab, and is producing a podcast with the Ageing + Communication + Technology project in collaboration with programmers at CKUT 90.3 FM. Before coming to Montréal in 2014, Michelle produced programs at the award-winning community radio station CFUV 101.9 FM. In addition to her master’s research, Michelle is currently working on projects that use sound design to explore the affective relationship between sound and human connection through fiction and non-fiction works.

Aimee Louw, series editorial advisor.

Aimee Louw is a writer, activist, communications scholar, and radio host. Her media practice spans topics of accessibility, disability justice, settler colonialism, and feminism. In recent years, Aimee has been a part of the growing accessibility advocacy community in Montreal, Canada, focusing on accessible transit and cultural spaces. Aimee’s work has been published and featured in the Montreal Gazette, the Rabble Podcast, Talking Radical Radio, CBC, CTV, Global TV, the Journal de Montréal. 

Aimee directs a multimedia series called the Underwater City Project, which documents personal experiences of ableism and accessibility in five Canadian cities. In 2015, Aimee co-produced a bilingual (French and English) disability-based sex education project, ACSEXE+ with feminist organization, FQPN. Aimee is often featured in Canadian media discussing accessibility issues, but her favourite place is behind the microphone interviewing people for radio. Her current research explores the connections and intersections of anti-colonial and accessibility activisms in Canada through personal storytelling.

With (a lot) of Assistance From:

Editoral Advice: Katie HillMira Burt-WintonickTally Abecassis, Chelsea Barnett

Academic Support: Owen ChapmanKim SawchukSandra GabrieleCharles Acland, Marty Allor

Graphics: Antonia Hernandez, Emma Nichol

Music: Leticia Trandafir (softcoresoft), Lorrie EdmondsOwen Chapman, Emily Gosse

A very special thanks to the Critical Disability Studies Working Group, and especially Laurence Parent and Danielle Peers.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Funding provided by: the Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University, the Graduate Mobility Award and the Daniel Feist Memorial Scholarship.