In my last post I wrote a bit about my motivations to be involved in research studies as a participant, in this post I’d like to shine a little light on the researcher perspective. I’m going into my final year of a research and inquiry intensive undergraduate degree and have had the opportunity to both contribute to and carry out my own research projects.
Although I haven’t worked on MS research specifically, I’ve done most of my work on topics related to the social determinants of health and ableism. In a nutshell this means I like to examine how social and physical aspects of our society like education, income, water access, and technology, can impact the health and well being of people with different abilities. I say different abilities where others may use the term disabilities, to highlight how social constructs create and propagate categories such as able and disabled and the respective positive or negative connotations attached to these categories(I’m going to write a blog post later on ableism, stay tuned!).
As student researcher I’m also motivated by adding to that collective jigsaw puzzle I mentioned in my last post but in a slightly different way. (more…)