[Athen] Alternate and Assistive

Cyrus Hamilton ch286 at cornell.edu
Tue Jul 28 11:01:09 PDT 2015

Good Afternoon:
I am researching alternate phrases for, "assistive technology", and "alternate formats", and thought this would be an excellent forum for the discussion. There's a lot of meaning in words, and I feel that "assistive" and "alternate" are words that can have the unintended consequence of further stigmatizing individuals. I understand that technically, all technology is assistive, but I think there has to be a better way to identify technologies like VoiceDream, Kurzweil 3000, and Dragon Naturally Speaking. Am I over thinking this, or do others share my concern? Thanks!


Cyrus Hamilton
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