Assistive Technologies, Risk, Legal & Ethical Considerations

Contributed by Matthew Hester

In the summer of 2016 the United Nations declared that access to the internet is a basic human right when it amended article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With this declaration the UN affirmed the increasing roles that technology plays in our day to day lives. However technology advancements, like the internet, do not affect all populations equally. While some may benefit from the use of technology others may be left behind or shutout completely. One such group are individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Persons with ID represent two both sides of the technological coin, simultaneously they are a population that stand to benefit greatly from the use of technology, in the form of Adaptive Technologies (AT) while at the same time have the most to lose due to exploitations in the technology used. Due to these facts, a number of ethical issue are raised. This paper will examine the ethical issues that surround the use of technology in populations with ID.

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