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

M.C.J. van Puffelen, Thea van der Geest, Hans van der Meij

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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.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference e-Commerce 2007
EditorsGunilla Bradley
PublisherInternational Association for Development of the Information Society
Pages-
ISBN (Print)978-972-8924-61-61-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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PublisherInternational Association for Development of the Information Society

Keywords

  • METIS-253066
  • IR-76965

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van Puffelen, M. C. J., van der Geest, T., & van der Meij, H. (2008). The use of digital skills by visually disabled people to participate in society. In G. Bradley (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference e-Commerce 2007 (pp. -). International Association for Development of the Information Society.