CHAPTER 4. ACCESSIBILITY, INTERSECTIONALITY, AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN: HOW OVERLAPPING FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION LIMIT ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

This chapter examines the relationship between the gender digital gap and other forms of social disadvantage and discrimination, such as disabilities.

Research on ICT accessibility has not yet fully examined the socio-economic and socio-political mechanisms that persons with disabilities experience accessing ICTs, particularly women with disabilities in the Global South. “Accessibility,” as generally understood, is accessible for a small fraction of people with disabilities.


Universal design provides a useful tool for promoting both access and accessibility of ICTs; it provides a framework for understanding the overlapping forms of discrimination that women with disabilities experience in accessing and using ICT.

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