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Open Access Beyond Participation: Empowering People with Disabilities in Research and Design

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This commentary piece discusses the importance of engaging with emancipatory and empowering research methods when designing technologies for individuals with disabilities. The piece outlines historical research methods, identifies current orientations toward participatory research in assistive and rehabilitative technology research and design, and provides theoretical context justifying the need to move beyond the rhetoric of "participation."
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2018

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  • Technology and Innovation, edited and published by the National Academy of Inventors, is a forum for presenting information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation. Regular features of T&I include commentaries contributed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and in-depth profiles of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors in every issue.

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