Social Media Reinvigorates Disability Rights 
Activism Globally

Authored by: Beth A. Haller

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
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In the 1990s, media and disability scholar Jack Nelson (1994, 1999, 2000) wrote often about the technology he felt would change the lives of many people with disabilities. In particular, he saw the Internet as a game changer, with its ability to allow people with disabilities to better access the social world without leaving their home computer. In the late 20th century, the Internet was heralded as a new ‘liberating technology’ that allowed people with disabilities to be less isolated, as well as a way for them to interact with others with fewer barriers (Sussman 1994, 85). In 1985, Cal State Northridge began a conference on technology and disability that continues today and features more than 350 general session workshops and more than 130 exhibitors displaying the latest technologies for persons with disabilities (CSUN 2016).

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