Invitation to Participate in Troubling Vocalities Research

(See ASL Translation below)

Researchers at Brock University are inviting Deaf and disabled artists in rural Canada to participate in a research project called “Troubling Vocalities: Disability and Deaf Arts in Rural Canada.”
Through this study, researchers want to learn about Deaf and disabled artists’ experiences making art in rural Canada. They want to learn about your experiences of place, voice, and artmaking.
This study will take place online, using Zoom. Sign Language Interpreters will be available.
There are three ways you can participate in this study: an interview, a focus group, or through a “jam session.”
1.      Interviews will take 45 minutes to one hour to complete. Interviews will be arranged for a time convenient for your schedule. The interview will be done through a Zoom video call with an ASL interpreter present. All interviews will be recorded for research purposes.
2.      Focus groups will take one hour where you will participate in a discussion with others. The focus group will be done through a Zoom video conference. You may participate in one of three scheduled focus groups. All focus groups will be recorded as part of this research.
3.      Jam sessions are improvisational storytelling groups. You are invited to join others engaged in artistic expression by making noise, signing, and using technology. Jam sessions will not be recorded.
You will be given one $85 Visa Gift Card if you participate in an interview, a focus group, and/or a “jam session.”
If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact the Principal Investigator of this study, Chelsea Jones, by email at
If you are interested in participating, your informed consent will be obtained before the interview, and you will not be identified in any reports or publications. Your participation is voluntary. You may stop the process at any time.  
With your permission, the researchers will send you a Letter of Information and Informed Consent Form that describes the project in more detail.
The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  

This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants through Brock University [REB #20-251-Jones]. You may contact the Research Ethics Board at any time by emailing

We very much look forward to speaking with you and thank you in advance for your consideration.