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Internet Access by People with Intellectual Disabilities: Inequalities and Opportunities

Chadwick, D, Wesson, C and Fullwood, C (2013) Internet Access by People with Intellectual Disabilities: Inequalities and Opportunities. Future Internet, 5 (3). pp. 376-397. ISSN 1999-5903

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This review gives an overview of the societal inequalities faced by people with intellectual disabilities, before focusing specifically on challenges people face accessing the Internet. Current access will be outlined along with the societal, support and attitudinal factors that can hinder access. Discussion of carer views of Internet use by people with intellectual disabilities will be covered incorporating consideration of the tension between protection, self-determination and lifestyle issues and gaining Internet access. We will address how impairment related factors may impede access and subsequently discuss how supports may be used to obfuscate impairments and facilitate access. We will move on from this to critically describe some of the potential benefits the Internet could provide to people with intellectual disabilities, including the potential for self-expression, advocacy and developing friendships. Finally, strategies to better include people with intellectual disabilities online will be given along with future research suggestions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intellectual disability; internet access; digital divide; support; inequalities; universal design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV1551 People with disabilities
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: MDPI AG
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2024 11:15
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 11:15
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/fi5030376
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22491
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