The conclusion uses examples of collaborative digital media projects (Dreamwidth, Amara, Easy Chirp, Fix the Web) to explore what it means to advance cultural accessibility and universal design without erasing or instrumentalizing disability. Cultural accessibility seems to require participatory, open processes that simultaneously challenge the dominant neoliberal frameworks of digital media services and users, building coalitions on the basis of sameness through difference and creating accessible paths to self-expression, community, and even citizenship. I ultimately return to the interrogation of participation that initiated this project, refuting Nico Carpentier’s claim that access is a prerequisite for participation; in fact, it seems that access and participation depend upon one another if they are to fulfill their progressive potential, incorporate marginalized voices, and challenge existing structures of power.
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