Ethics and Information Technology 13 (2):107-118 (2011)

Abstract
This article presents an analysis of the concept of disability in Amartya Sen’s capabilities and functionings approach in the context of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Following a critical review of the concept of disability—from its traditional interpretation as an essentially medical concept to its later interpretation as a socially constructed category—we will introduce the concept of functional diversity. The importance of human diversity in the capabilities and functionings approach calls for incorporating this concept into the analysis of well-being and quality of life in persons with disability—aspects in which ICT currently plays a major role. When one contemplates these technologies, it becomes clear that factors such as accessibility, design for all, and user participation in development and implementation processes are key strategies in promoting equal rights and equal opportunity for persons with disability in the different environments of the information society.
Keywords Accessibility  Amartya Sen  Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities  Design for all  Disability  Functional diversity  ICT  Medical model  Social model
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s10676-010-9254-2
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,448
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Commodities and Capabilities.Amartya Sen - 1985 - Oxford University Press India.
Critical Theory of Technology.Andrew Feenberg - 1991 - Oxford University Press.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Ethics of Digital Well-Being: A Thematic Review.Christopher Burr, Mariarosaria Taddeo & Luciano Floridi - 2020 - Science and Engineering Ethics 26 (4):2313–⁠2343.
Capability Sensitive Design for Health and Wellbeing Technologies.Naomi Jacobs - 2020 - Science and Engineering Ethics 26 (6):3363-3391.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

(In) Equality, (Ab) Normality, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.Anita Silvers - 1996 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 21 (2):209-224.
Disability: A Welfarist Approach.Julian Savulescu & Guy Kahane - 2011 - Clinical Ethics 6 (1):45-51.
Philosophy of Disability.Christine A. James - 2008 - Essays in Philosophy 9 (1):1-10.
Mothers and Models of Disability.Gail Landsman - 2005 - Journal of Medical Humanities 26 (2-3):121-139.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-11-21

Total views
66 ( #160,689 of 2,446,083 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #310,555 of 2,446,083 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes