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    Fostering accessible technology and sculpting an inclusive market through regulation


    Ferri, Delia and Giannoumis, Anthony and O'Sullivan, Charles Edward (2015) Fostering accessible technology and sculpting an inclusive market through regulation. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 29 (2-3). pp. 81-87. ISSN 1360-0869

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    Abstract

    Technology has attracted an increasing level of attention within disability studies. Even though an ambivalent attitude towards technological innovation still remains (Sheldon 2003; Macdonald and Clayton 2013), several scholars appreciate that advances in technology have enabled more persons with disabilities than ever before to actively participate in society (Halvorsen 2010; Blanck 2014; Giannoumis 2014). Disability studies’ scepticism towards technology derives from the fear that technology becomes another way to ‘fix’ impairments, perpetuating and reinforcing the outdated medical approach to disability, which identified disability with impaired invalid bodies that needed to be cured, helped, assisted, ‘supplemented’ (ex pluribus Barnes and Mercer 2010; Oliver and Barnes 2012). In addition, some scholars see technology as another impairing barrier, rather than a facilitator or a tool to overcome existing obstacles (Jaeger 2013; Blanck 2014). Goggin and Newell (2003, 131 ff.), for example, affirm that digital technologies, have created a system of exclusion, further isolating people with disabilities.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: accessible technology; inclusive market; regulation; disability studies;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 8904
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13600869.2015.1055666
    Depositing User: Delia Ferri
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 14:13
    Journal or Publication Title: International Review of Law, Computers & Technology
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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