Ethical Issues Related to the Use/Non-Use of Assistive Technologies

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  • Assistive technologies (AT) can provide significant assistance in accomplishing the tasks of daily living for persons who have disabilities. Five types of ethical principles underlie the distribution and use of AT: beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, autonomy and fidelity. Beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice, most directly affect the distribution of AT, leading to increased autonomy for persons with disabilities. In this paper, I develop the premise that it is principles of distributive justice that both inform and shape equitable assistive technology application and ultimately affect use and non-use of these technologies.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 International
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    • Cook, A.M. (2009). Ethical Issues Related to the Use/Non-Use of Assistive Technologies. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 37 (1, 2), 127-152.