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Sep, 18 2023

S1E111 - Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement with Ashley Shew

In 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal civil rights law banning discrimination against people with disabilities in many areas of life. However, despite the ADA and more precisely the work of the disability rights movement in bringing public visibility to the injustices faced by disabled folks, the law doesn’t cover accessibility or inclusion in every area of life nor does it change ableist attitudes. And because ableism is ubiquitous in our social world, we must be active in challenging our bias. Today I’m chatting with Dr. Ashley Shew, author of Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement. We discuss ableism, disability, technology, and accessibility.   Ashely Shew is an Associate Professor in Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. She is co-editor-in-chief of Techné, the journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. Ashley is a grateful participant with her local disability advocacy and activist community in the Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech and the New River Valley Disability Resource Center.