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Name: Jason Nolan, Dr. J.
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, etc: I'm obsessed with the edges of things. And I'm curious about liminal location where things fall through the cracks. This includes edges of maps, unexplored locations, marginalized people and people with disabilities. I like helping people do more than they thought they could. And I'm always ready to increase the complexity of any given situation to the point where I feel comfortable, as over simplification confuses me. Oh, and I love alliteration.
Year of birth: 1962
Profession, area of study, etc: Director - Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab, Ryerson University
Teaches in the BA/MA programs Early Childhood Studies and the joint Ryerson/York Universities graduate program Communications and Culture.
Research focuses on adaptive design for children with disabilities, gaming/play, privacy/autonomy, sensory play, informal learning environments, virtual worlds, and the voices of 'digital natives'. My work has appeared in journals such as Canadian Children, New Media & Society, Surveillance and Society, and Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. He is co-editor of The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (2006).
I have B.A. and M.A. (English), B.Ed. (English/Environmental Science), Ph.D. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning/Critical Pedagogy

Where you live in the world: Toronto Canada
Marital status, # of kids etc.: Married
Personal webpage url:
Comments: I have a think for cookware, traveling to provence, and rosť wine.
I read the same books over and over again, and have a very selective group of interests in cultural information.
I have visual, auditory, sensory and cognitive impairments, and poor fine motor skills.
I am fun at parties, but never go to them.
I am a great conversationalist, but don't like talking to strangers.
I had a pretty solid side career as a scholar of vampire culture/history, but I just stopped one day and moved on.
I am a high school drop out.
I didn't learn to read properly until 18, and write properly until late 20s.
I have been a teacher for 25 years.
I got my first full-time job (as a professor) at age 43, and was diagnosed as autistic at age 45.
I had to have 3 separate assessments before my university would believe that I was disabled and required workplace accommodation.
I have an unexplained hole in my brain.
I am co-founder of the Toronto chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

I am very happy with who I am and would never want to be anyone else.

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