The digital communities of young individuals living with cognitive disabilities: Mapping the use and meaning of digital technology with capable youth

Research output: PhD thesis

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Abstract

Disability research within the domain of health information technology tends to focus on individuals living with cognitive disabilities as passive users of digital technology in need of protection from the digital sphere and support from assistive technologies due to the adaptive, communication and interaction challenges they experience. Moreover, the concentration is mainly on the digital challenges rather than managing and coping with these digital challenges. In addition, concentration on aims for digital participation is limited.
The PhD study aimed to investigate how young individuals living with cognitive disabilities use digital technology to maintain and develop relationships and communities. The PhD thesis maps and explains the complex digital communities, abilities, coping strategies and aims of the study population. Specifically, the PhD thesis maps and explains what characterises the digital relationships and communities of the study population, the technologies and strategies used to participate in and manage digital relationships and communities, and their learning possibilities in formulating aims for digital participation. Methodological, the contribution of the PhD thesis was to develop visual and tangible artefacts to include the study population in research about their digital activities and communities.
Translated title of the contributionDigitale fællesskaber for unge med kognitive handicap: Kortlægning af brug og betydning af digitale teknologier med kompetente unge
Original languageEnglish
Supervisors
  • Kanstrup, Anne Marie, Principal supervisor
  • Bygholm, Ann, Co-supervisor
Publisher
Electronic ISBNs978-87-7573-913-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

PhD supervisor:
Professor. Anne Marie Kanstrup, Aalborg University
Assistant PhD supervisor:
Professor. Ann Kathrin Meilandt Bygholm, Aalborg University

Keywords

  • Digital communities
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Youth
  • Digital technology
  • Visual Tangible Artefacts
  • Disability studies
  • Health Information Technology
  • Participatory research
  • Participatory design
  • Digital challenges
  • Coping
  • Digital aims
  • Artefact ecologies
  • Community of Practice
  • Digital participation

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