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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.

Recent Content

CDT submitted comments to the White House's Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) that highlights how biometrics impact disabled people. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT Comments to OSTP Highlight How Biometrics Impact Disabled People

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Combatting Identify Fraud in Government Benefits Programs: Government Agencies Tackling Identity Fraud Should Look to Cybersecurity Methods, Avoid AI-Driven Approaches that Can Penalize Real Applicants

CDT submitted comments to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection in regards to tech platforms' payment data practices. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT’s Comments to the CFPB on Tech Platforms’ Payment Data Practices

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Protecting Disabled People’s Privacy is a Civil Rights Issue: Lydia X. Z. Brown’s Remarks Before the NTIA’s Listening Session on Civil Rights, Privacy, and Data

A joint report, by CDT and AAPD, entitled "Centering Disability in Technology Policy." Authors are Henry Claypool, Claire Carey, Alexander C. Hart, and Linnea Lassiter. Dark blue text on a white background.

CDT and AAPD Report – Centering Disability in Technology Policy: Issue Landscape and Potential Opportunities for Action

CDT President & CEO Alexandra Givens testified before the the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on AI, discussing self-employment, the gig economy, and workers' rights. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT CEO Alexandra Givens’ Testimony on Precarious Work and the Digital Economy Before the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on AI

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