Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of ParticipationMain MenuInterrogating and Integrating AccessIntroductionRegulating Digital Media Accessibility: #CaptionTHISChapter 1You Already Know How to Use It: Technology, Disability, and ParticipationChapter 2Transformers: Accessibility, Style, and AdaptationChapter 3Content Warnings: Struggles over Meaning, Rights, and EqualityChapter 4The Net Experience: Intersectional Identities and Cultural AccessibilityChapter 5Conclusion: Collaborative FuturesConclusionAdditional ResourcesDisability Blogs, Overview of Accessibility Practices, and Accessibility ResourcesElizabeth Ellcessor071854df67577061fe7d8846d7d22971fd2a5491NYU Press
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The conclusion returns to the notion of "cultural accessibility" and considers some collaborative projects that incorporate disability as fundamental to extending digital media access.
Cultural accessibility is potentially valuable because it moves beyond narrow technocentric notions of accessibility, or accommodation, to address a range of factors relevant to the intersection of technologies, bodies, and cultures. In order to do this, any consideration of media access ought to look to the voices and needs of those who experience a lack of access. People with disabilities and the legacies of disability as a cultural category ought to remain visible in projects of cultural accessibility. This may be best done by pursuing cultural accessibility through participatory collaborations between users, policymakers, industries, nonprofits, and other stakeholders.
Ultimately, this chapter concludes that access is not a prerequisite to participation—access and participation depend upon one another. Just as access enables participation, so does increased participation by diverse people in diverse contexts and practices make possible expansions of access.