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Do people with disabilities need their own social media platform?

A potential new social media platform has caused quite a lot of discussion recently, as it is designed purely for the use of people with disabilities.

Amicis plans to launch in late July and aims to be a positive, friendly place to ask questions and get answers regarding whatever disability you may have. In an introductory video on their website, CEO & Founder Kristhian De Oliveira, who himself is visually impaired, says that he just wanted somewhere where he could get information and talk to others in a similar situation. He also notes that other platforms such as forums etc can sometimes be a negative experience.

With more mainstream social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter becoming increasingly more accessible, does a platform like Amicis do more to segregate the disabled and re-enforce exclusion or does it provide a friendly, positive way for people to talk to others who can help?

In episode 139 of Double Tap, Steven, Shaun & Tim express their opinions and ask the question: “Should this be seen as a backwards step for mainstream inclusion?”

Listen to the Audio Below:

 

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Co-host & audio producer on the Double Tap Canada radio show. Occasional contributor to Double Tap TV, full time shed resident.

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