Non-Ableist Data Science

2021-2022 ADSA Virtual Meeting Series

Panel Discussion

January 26, 2022
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Virtual Presentation


2021-2022 ADSA Virtual Meeting Series 
Title: Non-Ableist Data Science
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 12:30–2:00 PM Pacific
Location: Register to receive the Zoom access link

ADSA logoThe 2021-2022 ADSA Virtual Meeting Series continues with this session on non-ableist data science. Data science is increasingly important in producing knowledge and technologies that impact us daily. How we analyze data, design analysis tools, deploy algorithmic systems, and publish data-driven conclusions matters to real lives. When data science ignores variations and disparities in the human experience, it can bias decision-making and outcomes that negatively affect people with disabilities.

In this hands-on workshop, we adopt an equity lens to ask how data scientists can confront ableism, which is systemic bias that privileges people with “typical” abilities. Our breakout teams will be guided through the following activities: (1) explore data science as a practice that includes planning, building, and deploying; (2) identify patterns of ability-based bias in data science; (3) analyze particular cases of ableism in data science; and (4) develop tools that can guide data science practitioners in avoiding the most common ableist pitfalls.

Chair: Anat Caspi (University of Washington)