Forays into Disability Discrimination Law and Ubiquitious Computing


What is the use of an assistive technology if the people who could benefit from it are not in practise able to access it? For many people with disabilities, this is a particularly concerning problem, because they are not necessarily able to demonstrate that they have a legal right to use a given assistive technology in a given context.

This issue is likely to be amplified in the context of Ubiquitous Computing, and the DIY systems that this effectively enables applications that may help a given group of disabled people to be developed in the space of a week or a weekend. Yet, in some instances it can take a matter of decades for a reasonable adjustment to be finally proved reasonable in a court of law.

This project is therefore aimed at helping to address this state of affairs, whilst also looking towards using activity recognition as a means towards identifying and evidencing both inaccessibility and the efficacy of a given ubiquitous assistive technology, with the natural aim of helping those with disabilities better assert their rights in law in relation to such technologies.