Technology for people, not disabilities: ensuring access and inclusion (short summary)


The authors discuss ways in which technology designed to benefit people with disabilities can actually create subtle forms of social exclusion.

They argue that it would be preferable for all new technologies to be 'accessible' for all, rather than 'assistive' for people with disabilities. They believe it would be beneficial for people with disabilities to be included in the development of new technologies and for accessibility options to be included in the original design rather than as a retrofit or add-on. This would have universal benefits and, hopefully reduce the rate of rejection found when people with disabilities are offered specifically designed assistive technology.

They believe that technology cannot be isolated from social context and must be designed with inclusion in mind, not as an afterthought.

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Improving web access for individuals who rely on augmentative and alternative communication

The iPad and Mobile Technology Revolution

Added to site February 2014