IncluScience – Disability Mainstreaming in Science and Practice
IncluScience is a citizen science project that works with people with visual, hearing and mobility impairments as well as cognitive impairments at eye level to co-create the Wheelmap (a free online map with information on the accessibility of places) and expand it to include certain types of places (verticals). Furthermore, the project will develop inclusive participatory methods for inclusive citizen science and bundle them in a citizen science toolbox.
The project will run from March 2021 to December 2024 and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its Citizen Research program. It is one of 15 projects that will advance the collaboration between citizens and scientists in terms of content and methodology and provide answers to societal challenges by the end of 2024. Further information at: www.buergerschaffenwissen.de
The project IncluScience pursues the claim of inclusive citizen science by involving citizens from the orientation on challenges to the derivation of research questions to the method design and the design of solutions and products. In particular, for the extension of Wheelmap.org to include certain types of places (verticals such as cinemas, train stations, restaurants), people with visual, hearing and mobility impairments as well as cognitive impairments are consistently included as co-researchers at eye level. This is because, from their point of view, different issues arise for different verticals that need to be evaluated in terms of accessibility. The accessibility assessment of a total of three verticals on Wheelmap.org is presented.
IncluScience also prepares the models and procedures generated in the development process of the verticals for the participation of citizens, especially for people with impairments, for other citizen science project projects. For this purpose, a citizen science toolbox for inclusive citizen science is being developed within IncluScience. This toolbox will contribute to the transfer of knowledge beyond the project period and strengthen the inclusivity of participatory citizen science.
IncluScience has two basic goals. One is to extend Wheelmap.org with a citizen science approach (verticals) and the other is to create a citizen science toolbox for inclusive citizen science.
- Desktop research
- Practical workshops with people with disabilities and experts
- Surveys in the form of questionnaires
- Development of a prototypical vertical
- Development of a citizen science toolbox
The citizen science support by sfs also builds on the following methods:
- Evaluation of the measures using quantitative and qualitative methods with the involvement of stakeholders.
- Evaluation workshops
- Connection to scientific reflection space through publication and participation in conferences