How it works

This project invites York University students and alumni who are interested in adding their stories of campus inaccessibility, as well as supports and hopes, through an anonymous survey built on Google Forms. 

Folks are invited to share stories, as well as photos they have taken that reflect areas of inaccessibility on campus (1). Not going on campus? No worries, Patricia will take limited trips to campus periodically to take pictures of areas mentioned in people’s stories. 

Only the project collaborators will have access to the raw data, i.e. submitted survey entries. The survey results are reviewed by the project collaborators, then created into posts and published on the Instagram account as the surveys come in. All stories are anonymous.

The published results on the Instagram account may also be used in other reports of the dissertation. 

The survey will be open and we will publish posts on the Instagram account until June 30, 2022. Thereafter, the survey raw data from the Google Form will be deleted permanently. The Instagram account will remain publicly accessible.

People can withdraw their stories at any time. Email Patricia at with the date and approximate time you have submitted your survey, or anything you can tell us to help us identify it without name and email, and we will remove the survey entry permanently.

You can read and download the full consent information here. It is also on the first page of the survey.

Interested in sharing stories and artwork / photographs?

Please read the sharing guideline here, then head to the survey form.  

Research – Open access:

Need evidence to support your advocacy work for better accessibility on campus? Need a quote for your paper to back up your argument about barriers to learning? Need research results for your assignment? 

You can use this. The stories that are published as the Instagram posts are results gathered from an anonymous survey with participant agreement to online publication. So take what you need from what we post, just cite this website and the Instagram account. We’d be glad if this can support your effort to make our learning environment more accessible in any way.

What about the post comments? 

Comments within the Instagram posts from visitors to the account, which are not posted from the account owners, are not part of the research results. If you find a great quote in the comments that you’d love to use for your own projects (i.e. publication, blog post, course paper/assignment, social media post), direct message the person who made that comment and ask whether it is ok for you to use it and name the exact purpose you’re planning to use it for. The project collaborators will also abide by this guideline for post comments.

(1) Inspired by Photovoice process, see for example: