Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 8.6 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Ashley Shew is an associate professor of science, technology, and society at Virginia Tech, and specializes in disability studies and technology ethics. Her books include Animal Constructions and Technological Knowledge and Spaces for the Future (coedited). She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.


This book is a really big deal. This is the kind of book that--decades from now--people will still talk about. This book marks a before and after. Before the word 'technoableism' and after the word 'technoableism.' People will say: We did not know what to call it. And then Ashley Shew named it.--The Cyborg Jillian Weise, author of The Colony
Necessary and delightful. Ashley Shew teaches us an important framework for understanding the intersection of technology and ableism with clear prose and incredible charm, as her wry sense of humor jumps off the page.--Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, author of The Disordered Cosmos
Against Technoableism reveals design justice not only for those with disabilities but for everyone who labors and lives with technology. It's an outstanding book.--Stephen Kuusisto, author of Have Dog, Will Travel
Authoritative, witty, thoughtful, and unafraid to throw a punch, Ashley Shew pushes us headlong toward a much-needed world in which disabled people are seen as experts in their lives, curators of their stories, and vibrant, essential, generative parts of our collective future.--Ed Yong, author of An Immense World
Amusing and persuasive . . . Equally fierce and funny, this will galvanize readers to demand genuine equality for people with disabilities.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Part memoir, part manifesto . . . this [is] an essential text for the nondisabled to use to educate themselves on the harms of technoableism. Highly recommend.-- "Booklist"
In this series of short, wonderfully lucid essays, [Shew] argues that technoableism - the popular depiction of tech as a wholesale cure for disability - does real damage by positioning the disabled body as fundamentally broken.-- "New York Times Book Review"