Medicare historically has shunned advancing technology and consistently excluded services related to advancing technology creating a severe deficit in person-centered and self-directed services within the community and fails to uphold the intent of the Technology Act where it states: “Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to:
- live independently
- enjoy self-determination
- benefit from education
- pursue meaningful careers
- enjoy full inclusion and integration into the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of society in the United States.
The questions becomes of technology interfaces with every aspect of daily life for typical people and outdated policies prohibit people with disabilities from participating in managing their finances online, applying for jobs online, applying for employment online and even accessing medical records online are the very systems designed to help people with disabilities fully participate in inclusive communities be in fact, segregating them?
When there is a policy prohibiting specific technology such as communication devices, tablet computers, etc. that are seen as “convenience” items or unnecessary, it blatantly denies the rights of the individual.