More than Accessibility: Social and Critical Frameworks for Exploring Marginalization of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Public Deposited

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  • Gibson, Amelia
  • Hanson-Baldauf, Dana
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • Information science research focusing on people with disabilities has largely focused on assistive technology and the mechanics of access and accessibility (Hill, 2013). While this is an important, accessibility research in information science has largely been grounded in a medical (or individual) model of disability that considers social factors as motivations for accessibility, rather than analytically valuable concepts in and of themselves. As a concept, disability remains an under-theorized construct in the LIS literature (Jaeger, Bertot, & Franklin 2010; Mendel 1995; Casey, 1971). The shift to the social paradigm for understanding disability (Shakespeare, 2006) has had broad implications for understanding the responsibilities of researchers, designers, and creators of information systems. Unfortunately, many remain unaware of the impact of their work on this large segment of the population, and are unequipped to examine how their work helps to encode the marginalization of people with disabilities into systems that serve the public.
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