Technology for people, not disabilities: Ensuring access and inclusion

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The potential of technology to connect people and provide access to education, commerce, employment and entertainment has never been greater or more rapidly changing. Communication technologies and new media promise to 'revolutionize our lives' by breaking down barriers and expanding access for disabled people. Yet, it is also true that technology can create unexpected and under-critiqued forms of social exclusion for disabled people. In addition to exploring some of the ways that even (or especially) assistive technology can result in new forms of social exclusion, we also propose alternative ways of thinking about inclusive and accessible (as opposed to assistive) technology and provide some very practical ways that accessible technologies would promote greater access and flexibility for disabled students and adults. We contend that technology should be conceived of as a global, accessible and inclusive concept, not one that requires a qualifier based on who it is for.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-200
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Research in Special Educational Needs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Accessibility
  • Assistive technology
  • Disability and technology
  • Inclusive technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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