Women, Disability and Technology: Increasing the knowledge base
Open call for contributions
The RISEWISE Project and the ENTELIS network have taken the initiative to organise a Special Thematic Session at the 15th international AAATE conference about the engagement of girls and women with disabilities with (assistive) technology. Contributions are welcome.
Girls and young women are underrepresented in technology related education and employment. This is particularly true for girls and women with disabilities. The resulting digital divide is a serious problem, because active engagement with technology can help to level inequalities in participation in all realms of the current digital society, not to speak about the future one. The 11th Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12-14 June 2018, New York) has put gender issues high on the agenda, but has acknowledged lack of disaggregated data by disability, sex and age, fundamental for understanding the position of women and girls with disabilities and informing policies to ensure their effective inclusion.
The RISEWISE project (www.risewiseproject.eu) and the ENTELIS network (www.entelis.net) are two non-for-profit networks, the latter supported by EASPD, AAATE and EVBB, that aim at identifying the barriers that girls and young women with disabilities experience in engaging with technology.
The aims of the session is:
– to analyze the digital divide and to understand the nature of digital discrimination;
– to present research outcomes related to the perceptions/opinions of girls and women with disabilities on the use of technology and how technology influence their life;
– to assess gender differences in the choice and use of and approach to Assistive Technology;
– to explore the challenges women with disabilities encounter in accessing and using technology and technology based services;
– to present good practices in promoting inclusion of women with disabilities through assistive technology.
Ayşe Ulu-Yalçınkaya, Mustafa Alperen Kurşuncu, Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf and Valentina Fiordelmondo