My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot

“The advancement of robotics, AI, and other “futuristic” technologies has ushered in a new era in the ongoing struggle for representation of people with disabilities in large-scale decision-making settings.

We need to build a technological future that benefits disabled people without disadvantaging them along the way.

Accessible design should not depend on the ability of an able-bodied design team to understand someone else’s experience or foresee problems that they’ve never had. The burden of change should not rest on the user (or in my case, the bystander) and their ability to communicate their issues.

A solution that works for most at the expense of another is not enough.”