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Digital participation? Internet use among adolescents with and without intellectual disabilities: A comparative study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education. Linköping University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1281-6392
Number of Authors: 32019 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Internet use is an integrated part of everyday life, especially among young people. However, knowledge of this for young people with disabilities is scarce. This study investigates digital participation of adolescents with intellectual disabilities by comparing aspects of Internet use among adolescents with and without intellectual disabilities. Cross-sectional comparative design was used and a national survey from the Swedish Media Council was cognitively adapted for adolescents with intellectual disabilities aged 13-20 years. The results reveal that a significantly lower proportion of the 114 participating adolescents with intellectual disabilities had access to Internet-enabled devices and performed Internet activities, except for playing games, than the reference group (n = 1161). The greatest difference was found in searching for information. Analyses indicate that adolescents with intellectual disabilities are following a similar pattern of Internet use as the reference group, but a digital lag is prevalent, and a more cognitively accessible web could be beneficial.

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2019.
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Accessibility, digital divide, digital inequality, digital participation, intellectual disability, Internet use, online risks, questionnaire designs, survey method, youth
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176501DOI: 10.1177/1461444819888398ISI: 000498737100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176501DiVA, id: diva2:1381553
Available from: 2019-12-22 Created: 2019-12-22 Last updated: 2020-01-30

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