The use of digital skills by visually disabled people to participate in society


Puffelen, Carolina van and Geest, Thea van der and Meij, Hans van der (2008) The use of digital skills by visually disabled people to participate in society. In: IADIS International Conference on ICT, Society and Human Beings, 22-24 July 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (pp. pp. 85-90).

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Abstract:The aim of this study is to investigate how visually impaired people participate in society through ICT-related skills. The
research focuses on young (10-14) and elderly persons (55+) and their use or desired use of ICT-tools that afford: (a)
participation in asynchronous communication, (b) access to information on websites, and (c) completion of electronic
transactions. The sample of this study includes people who had received some type of computer training from one of the
three main support Organisations for the Blind in the Netherlands. This paper reports on the first phase of the research
project in which a sample of subjects took part in an extensive interview. The data give insight in how this audience
perceives the frequency and quality of their Internet use (communication, information search and access), or absence
thereof. In addition, there are data on how this audience learned their Internet skills.
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Copyright:© 2008 IADIS
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