Technology and the language of Disability
Now and then I read tweets relating to assistive technology and this one appeared today from @attipscast, twitter alias of Chris Bugaj – who describes himself as Co-author of The Practical (& Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools. His tweet:
“It’s time to lose the adjective “Assistive” before the word “Technology”. It’s just technology.
#empowering Thank You Microsoft!”
Fair enough, sometimes there are words that I find irritating (especially hashtag empowering) but assistive? I can’t see how that can be demeaning to disabled people. Inspirational is a word I find a little patronising (and I think other people noticed it a lot during the Paralympics), but assistive technology as a phrase? What am I missing? Please tell me.
Tags: Assistive Technology
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