[Air-L] research of technology use among people with intellectual disabilities

Eija Luhtasela eilehiko at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 04:14:52 PDT 2012

Hi Naomi,

I would like to thank you for your references. They are very interesting 
research. Especially Palmer et al. 2012 and Parsons et al. 2006 were 
those what I was seeking for. Interventionist style studies are new for 
me, I am going to seek more information of them.

Eija Luhtasela
> Hi Eija,
> Here are a few references for you. Note that the Palmer et al. is a 
> 2012 update to the Wehmeyer article you referred to.
> Löfgren-Mårtensson L. (2008). Love in cyberspace: Swedish young people 
> with intellectual disabilities and the internet. /Scandinavian Journal 
> of Disability Research/ 10, 125–38.
> McClimens A, & Gordon f. (2009). People with intellectual disabilities 
> as bloggers: what's social capital got to do with it anyway? /Journal 
> of Intellectual Disabilities/ March, vol. 13 no. 1 19-30. doi: 
> 10.1177/174462950910448
> Palmer, S. B., Wehmeyer, M. L., Davies, D. K. and Stock, S. E. (2012), 
> Family members' reports of the technology use of family members with 
> intellectual and developmental disabilities. /Journal of Intellectual 
> Disability Research/, 56: 402–414. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01489.x
> Parsons, S., Daniels, H., Porter, J. and Robertson, C. (2006), The use 
> of ICT by adults with learning disabilities in day and residential 
> services. British Journal of Educational Technology, 37: 31–44. doi: 
> 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00516.x
> Renblad, K. (2003). How do people with intellectual disabilities think 
> about empowerment and information and communication technology? 
> International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 26, 175–182.
> Some difficulties in finding the type of research you're looking for 
> include problems of definition (do we include individuals along the 
> full spectrum of learning disabilities in our "demographic of 
> interest"?); the tendency of some researchers to lump all types of 
> disability together under one deficit-oriented roof (which means that 
> if your interest is primarily about demographic numbers, you may want 
> to cast a wider net with your search terms); the difficulty of using 
> research methods such as surveys and self-reporting to understand the 
> technology use of individuals with intellectual disabilities, etc.
> I don't know if you're also interested in "interventionist" style 
> studies, in which researchers work with participants to develop new 
> technology skills. My impression is that this is not your focus, 
> however, I've included at least one here just fyi.
> Best,
> Naomi Bloch
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> Subject: [Air-L] research of technology use among people with 
> intellectual disabilities
> Hi,
> I have been seeking research of technology use among people with
> intellectual disabilities (ID). Especially those research which concern
> where, how much and for which purpose people with ID use computers and
> Interent. I have found a couple of research (Parette & VanBiervliet
> 1992; Wehmeyer's 1998 &1999; Carey, Friedman, Bryen 2005). I would
> appreciate if someone could tell me if there are another relevant 
> research.
> Thanks,
> Eija Luhtasela
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