School monitoring software violates Americans with Disabilities Act


The 32-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act is failing to protect neurodivergent students from school monitoring and risk assessment software that treats any divergence from stereotypically "normal" behaviour as a harm to both the students themselves and others. Remote proctoring software penalises those who need psychological help, flag "suspicious" movements such as looking away from the screen during a test, and makes no provision for disabled students' special needs. These problems are being exacerbated by the increasing use of biometric software such as emotion recognition and attention-detection software, which compares students' behaviour to a baseline it has dubbed "normal".

Writer: Evan Enzer

Publication: The Daily Beast