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Access to and use of the Internet among adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities in everyday settings
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education. Linköping University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1281-6392
2018 (English)In: Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, ISSN 1366-8250, E-ISSN 1469-9532Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Background: The aim of this study was to explore and describe access to the Internet and how it is used among adolescents and young adults with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities in their everyday settings.

Method: Data were collected through observations of and interviews with 15 participants with intellectual disabilities, aged 13–25 years, on access and use of the Internet in school or work and at home or in their free time. A qualitative content analysis was used.

Results: Main findings were categorised into: access to the Internet in different settings, challenges when using the Internet and strategies to handle the digital environment and take part in Internet activities.

Conclusions: This study revealed that participants had access to Internet connections and to a high number of Internet-enabled devices. Participants used the Internet through strategies when doing Internet activities, for example using pictures and reducing the number of Internet-enabled devices used in their everyday settings.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Intellectual disability, accessibility, Internet use, digital divide, youth, developmental disability
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Educational Sciences
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Special Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162293DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2018.1518898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162293DiVA, id: diva2:1265197
Available from: 2018-11-22 Created: 2018-11-22 Last updated: 2019-07-14

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