Digital equality in school and during leisure time – young people with disabilities

Author: Helena HEMMINGSSON, Linköping University

Abstract. One of the biggest social changes of our time has been the digitizing of nearly all areas of everyday life. This project reports on disabled young people’s (9-16 years) engagement in computer activities in school and during leisure time in comparison with youngster in general. The results demonstrate that disabled young people had restricted participation in computer use in educational activities. During leisure time however, young people with disabilities had a leading position with respect to internet use in a variety of activities. The discussion points to beneficial environmental conditions at home (and the reverse in school) as parts of the explanation for the differing engagement levels at home and at school, and among young people with disabilities and young people in general.

Keywords. Digital divide, internet, survey, ADHD, physical disabilities

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