Enabling Technology: Disabled People, Work and New Technology (Disability, Human Rights, and Society Series)

Enabling Technology: Disabled People, Work and New Technology (Disability, Human Rights, and Society Series)

by Alan Roulstone
     
 

Using a social barriers model of disability Enabling Technology addresses the role of new technology in reducing the environmental and attitude barriers disabled people have commonly faced in the field of employment. This work is critical of established writings on' disability and new technology and suggests that by adopting a medical model of disability such analyses… See more details below

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Using a social barriers model of disability Enabling Technology addresses the role of new technology in reducing the environmental and attitude barriers disabled people have commonly faced in the field of employment. This work is critical of established writings on' disability and new technology and suggests that by adopting a medical model of disability such analyses have misrepresented the benefits of new technology for disabled people. A social barriers model views the benefits of new technology as inhering in its potential to rehabilitate disabling environments. The book addresses the urgent need to reframe policies on technology access away from a welfarist 'eligibility' model to a 'social rights' approach, one where disabled people are centrally involved in the framing, operation and review of technology access policy.

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Advocating a social barriers model of disability to replace the conventional medical model, the author, a British social scientist, explores the role of new technology in enhancing disabled workers' access to jobs and equal employment rights. He presents interviews, case studies, and quantitative evidence to document the potential, as well as the limitations, of new technology to overcome barriers; and he discusses the role that disabled people themselves should play in the framing, operation, and review of technology access policy. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335198023
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Disability, Human Rights, and Society Series
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.69(d)

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