“When people posit disability as a problem, they look for solutions,” says author and professor Ashley Shew in Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement. “However, many of our problems are social, structural, and practical problems that stem from the idea that disabled people are fundamentally flawed, unworthy of inclusion, broken, or inadequate. This is ableist thinking.”

In exploring the intersection of technology and disability, Shew states that the disabled body is not in need of being “cured” or “fixed,” through technology or other means, because it is not broken. Hear her share her expertise and insight.

This event is presented with support of the University of Virginia Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.

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