Case Study: An Assistive Technology Ethics Survey

  • Peter A. Danielson
  • Holly Longstaff
  • Rana Ahmad
  • H. F. Machiel Van der Loos
  • Ian M. Mitchell
  • Meeko M. K. Oishi


This chapter describes the online N-Reasons Ethics and Assistive Technology survey designed to address key ethical issues in assistive technologies. The survey was used to foster deliberation and focus discussions in a multidisciplinary workshop on assistive technologies. The survey focused on each of the four workshop topics (evaluation, sensing, networking, and mobility). This chapter thus begins with an overview of the survey design in Sect. 9.1 followed by the process that was used to establish survey content in Sect. 9.2. The results for the survey are presented in Sect. 9.3 followed by brief conclusions in Sect. 9.4.

A survey on the ethics of assistive technologies was commissioned to identify debatable issues that could facilitate discussion about assistive technologies in a multidisciplinary setting. The survey was designed by a multidis ciplinary group of researchers in assistive technology prior to the workshop. All workshop participants completed the survey, as well as members of the general public. The results of the survey provided data about which issues were non-controversial, and which issues were far less clear.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter A. Danielson
    • 1
  • Holly Longstaff
    • 1
  • Rana Ahmad
    • 1
  • H. F. Machiel Van der Loos
    • 2
  • Ian M. Mitchell
    • 3
  • Meeko M. K. Oishi
    • 4
  1. 1.Applied EthicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Dept. Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Dept. Computer ScienceUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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