Disability and Technology: A Critical Realist Perspective

@article{Frauenberger2015DisabilityAT,
  title={Disability and Technology: A Critical Realist Perspective},
  author={Christopher Frauenberger},
  journal={Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers \& Accessibility},
  year={2015}
}
  • C. Frauenberger
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility
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