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Reflections on Ableism in Participatory Technology Design


Participatory efforts to design technology for disabled people often involve a range of stakeholders, butwe rarely pause to question how perspectives and views of the different people involved in those processes - including negative or incorrect perceptions of disability - influence our work. In this paper, we explore how ableism, i.e., discrimination based on normative bodily assumptions mostly affecting disabled people, impacted our research projects, and outline challenges for our research communities moving forward.


Gerling, Kathrin; Kender, Kay; Spiel, Katta; Van der Oord, Saskia; Baeyens, Dieter; Depoortere, Arno; Aufheimer, Maria (2022): Reflections on Ableism in Participatory Technology Design. Mensch und Computer 2022 - Workshopband. DOI: 10.18420/muc2022-mci-ws02-224. Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.. MCI-WS02: Partizipative & sozialverantwortliche Technikentwicklung. Darmstadt. 4.-7. September 2022