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Disability Rights & AI

Amid a growing conversation about the risks of bias in artificial intelligence (AI), one form of bias often goes overlooked: the impact of AI and other technologies for people with disabilities.

CDT’s project on algorithmic fairness and disability rights seeks to correct this balance. We analyze the use of AI in employment, benefits determinations, surveillance, and other contexts where AI-driven decision-making affects people’s lives. The project assesses risks, analyzes gaps in existing legal and policy protections, and seeks to center the perspectives of disabled people in efforts to advocate for algorithmic fairness, accountability, and justice.

CDT advocates for careful regulation of algorithmic decision-making that can disproportionately adversely affect disabled people, especially from multiply-marginalized communities. Our project work is guided by CDT’s AI-Disability Rights advisory council, which includes leading experts in disability policy, many of whom are disabled themselves.

The project works to build and share expertise among policymakers, researchers, advocates, and disabled community members, and develop actionable guidance for companies, regulators, and disabled self-advocates.

Meet our AI-Disability Rights Advisory Council.

Graphic for the cover of CDT's report, entitled "Warning: Bossware May Be Hazardous to Your Health." Dark grainy background with white text overlaid, and a graphic of a grey computer levitating above a desk and omitting an ominous orange and pink light.

Report – Warning: Bossware May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Screenshot of an open letter CDT joined, urging the White House OSTP to make civil rights a top technology priority across hiring, credit, and housing. White document on dark grey background, with organizational logos of ACLU, the Leadership Conference, and Upturn at the top.

CDT Joins Others in Urging White House OSTP to Make Civil Rights Top Tech Priority Across Hiring, Credit, Housing

Screen shot of the open letter from Fight for the Future and other civil rights and youth advocacy orgs, calling on schools to ban eproctoring programs.

CDT Joins Fight for the Future, Other Civil Rights & Youth Advocacy Orgs in Calling on Schools to Ban Eproctoring Programs

Tenant Screening Algorithms Enable Racial and Disability Discrimination at Scale, and Contribute to Broader Patterns of Injustice

Oversight of Algorithmic Hiring Bias is a High Priority in California

Statement of Lydia X. Z. Brown Before the California Fair Employment & Housing Council

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