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

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC&T '19: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies : Transforming Communities
EditorsFlorian Cech, Hilda Tellioğlu
Number of pages5
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2019
Pages250–254
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7162-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Communities and Technologies: Transforming Communities - TU Wien, Wien, Austria
Duration: 3 Jun 20197 Jun 2019
Conference number: 9
https://2019.comtech.community/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Communities and Technologies
Number9
LocationTU Wien
CountryAustria
CityWien
Period03/06/201907/06/2019
Internet address

Keywords

  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Digital technology
  • Social relations
  • Youth

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