Disability Rights and Robotics; Co-producing futures – Tours of the Assisted Living Studio, Bristol Robotics Lab, Thursday 10th December 2.00-8.00

Disability Rights and Robotics; Co-producing futures – Tours of the Assisted Living Studio, Bristol Robotics Lab

This is a UWE Bristol Social Science in the City event celebrating Disability History Month

In this time of rapid social change to our social and work lives, relationships and leisure, there are new technologies that might support disability rights like ‘driverless cars’, smart phones, social media and new robotic technologies. Members of the team of 25 co-researchers from the University of the West of England, Fairfield Farm College and Wiltshire Centre of Independent Living used a knowledge café methodology to ask

How can robotic technologies support disability rights?

Sign up for an online 15 minute tour of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory Assisted Living Studio with Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly running between 2-4pm email here for your place on the tour (limited numbers) – sophie.savage@uwe.ac.uk

The robotic tour will take place on Microsoft teams which includes the option of live captioning, and your tour guide will be using limited BSL. The tour will be scripted and this script will be available to those registered. A recording of the robotic tour is also available for those who wish to engage in their own time.

To join the mini knowledge café 6pm -8pm please sign up for a ticket and we will email you the link closer to the date. Any problems please – sophie.savage@uwe.ac.uk

Café Programme:

Experience – From your experience, how do you think robotic technology might enable your rights in everyday life?

Deepening the Inquiry – Sharing our project and its key messages– ‘Disability Rights and Robotics: co-producing futures’

Knowledge for Action – Generating your priority questions for further co-production research

See our report and cartoon for more details on our project (these links will only work for those internal to UWE).

Disability Rights and Robotics cartoon copyright Sam Church and Tillie Curran

Register your ticket:


Wheelchair users we need your help! Please complete this survey share your experiences of public transport.

Sam is a student at UWE and is collecting the experiences of wheelchair users using public transport as part of his dissertation.

Sam is also one of the young Disabled people collecting the oral histories of key activists in Bristol’s Disabled people’s movement, as part of our Forging Our Future project.

Here is the link to the survey and a few words from Sam describing the project:


Hi, If you are a wheelchair user living in the West of England region, I would be very grateful if could fill in my survey for my dissertation!

I am looking at both wheelchair users who frequently use public transport (before/after covid) and those that do not.

Please share and/or tag anyone who you think would be eligible!

I have triple tested this survey but if there are any issues, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for your help, 

Sam Cornelius-Light

UWE Bristol are conducting a survey wheelchair users experience of Bristol’s Public Transport

Thank you for your interest in this survey!   
Please read through the below before commencing the survey:  

What is this study about?   
Many disabled people rely upon and frequently use public transport. However, many disabled people also experience a number of difficulties or barriers in accessing public transport.  Focusing on wheelchair users, in particular, this study aims to identify and understand the barriers currently faced by this specific group in accessing public transport in Bristol and the surrounding area. This study will also delve into the solutions that could be or have been put in place to mitigate against the barriers faced by wheelchair users in accessing public transport.   

How will the information that I provide be stored?
Participant data will be anonymised and untraceable to you through the use of pseudonyms. All data collected will be stored on a password-protected computer, for which only I will have access to. 

Am I eligible to take part?
You are able to take part in this study if you are a wheelchair user who lives in Bristol and the surrounding area of South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.    

How long will the survey take?   
Depending on your answers, the survey will take around 10-15 mins.   

Have any questions or concerns?  
Please contact: Samuel Cornelius-Light (samuel2.cornelius-light@live.uwe.ac.uk)

 *Due to the use of survey logic, question numbers and sections may not follow sequentially as you proceed through the survey*

Click the link below to take the survey: