Chapter 9

Civil Rights

Abstract

This chapter discusses the various ways in which augmented reality can improve the lives of the physically disabled – specifically, those who are deaf, blind, or have other physical or mental impairments. These individuals’ experience of physical reality is already diminished compared to what it could be, so the ability to “augment” that experience holds particular appeal for them. Because AR is so likely to be a boon for the disabled, it will only be a matter of time until various forms of AR are encouraged, and then required, by civil rights laws.

Keywords

disability
deaf
blind
autism
emotional trauma
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
accommodation
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