Saturday, November 17, 2007

New Technology--New Issues

I subscribe to a number of news feeds and Google alerts that focus on technology and disability. Here's a story I have been reading about and because of my interest in the iBot--it has tangible ramifications for those like me living with a mobility impairment. Allow yourself to imagine the management at an amusement park saying, "no baby strollers allowed." The story...its about a disabled man who was asked to leave his mobility aid outside a nation-wide chain bookstore.

The conflict, which escalated with threats — by both sides — of calling the police, raises questions about how the increasingly popular device should be treated when used by those with disabilities.

Similar cases around the country are working their way through the courts as officials grapple with whether the Segway should be treated as a wheelchair.

Read the full article.

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