Digital Relations among Youth with Cognitive Disabilities: A field study of technology use for developing and maintaining social relations

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Abstract

In this study, we explore how young people living with cognitive disabilities use digital technology to develop and maintain social relations. The analysis is based on video interviews with 25 participants, aged 14-27. Our findings present a comprehensive use of a wide range of consumer applications for multiple forms of social interactions among the young people. Against this background, we outline three overall experiences with social interaction via and around digital technology, involving 1) individual social relations, 2) interest-based groups and 3) national and global networks. Our findings draw attention to the participants' social needs and show how they find ways to fulfil these needs via and around digital technology. These insights complement dominating perspectives on disability and assistive technology and suggest future research focusing on how to advance insights and practices in using digital technology to develop and maintain social relations among youth with cognitive disabilities

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelC&T '19: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies : Transforming Communities
RedaktørerFlorian Cech, Hilda Tellioğlu
Antal sider5
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publikationsdato2019
Sider250–254
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-4503-7162-9
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedInternational Conference on Communities and Technologies: Transforming Communities - TU Wien, Wien, Østrig
Varighed: 3 jun. 20197 jun. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 9
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KonferenceInternational Conference on Communities and Technologies
Nummer9
LokationTU Wien
Land/OmrådeØstrig
ByWien
Periode03/06/201907/06/2019
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