Researcher Ann Fudge Schormans and Sean Rowley, a person with an intellectual disability who she is following as part of her study into the everyday lives of those who were once routinely institutionalized.

My Life in the City

Project with McMaster Univ. Dept of Social Work

Research project exploring ways adults with developmental disabilities engage with public space in Toronto. ADCID facilitated Participatory Theatre and Dialogue Workshop with 12 research participants to get a group understanding of their routes around Toronto. Participants bonded during 3 days, and shared a number of insights and perspectives around how they navigate the city.

ADCID partnered on this McMaster University led research project exploring ways adults with developmental disabilities engage with public space in Toronto. The project involved researchers following 12 participants as they travel three routes they would regularly use throughout Toronto. During the walks, the participants used an iPad to create a subjective record of their experiences and perceptions by making short videos, taking photos and creating audio recordings or written texts. The next stage of the project involved digitally mapping the routes and augmenting the maps with the audio and visual information that was recorded during the walks. Finally, as a group, ADCID engaged the research participants in socio-drama exercises and participatory narrative inquiry processes to explore the meanings city spaces hold for them. Through the group exploration, they created and enacted stories about their experience of different areas of the city, with other members of the group working to build the scenes and reflect on the material raised. ADCID developed and facilitated the socio-drama exercises and participatory narrative inquiry processes.