[Air-L] Internet access and accessibility for people with disabilities

John McNutt mcnuttjg at netzero.com
Tue Sep 3 19:46:20 PDT 2013

Try looking at the literature in assistive technology.  There is some very
good theoretical material and a lot of practical literature.  It is a robust
field and almost all of it deals with the problems of the physically and
mentally challenged (not all of it, however, deals with ICTs).  Good luck
with your search.

John McNutt
University of Delaware

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Dear AOIR members,

I am currently searching the academic literature to  help me in my
preparation of a research proposal about internet access and accessibility
for people with disabilities here in New Zealand. This will consider not
only difficulties in being 'connected' but also what the needs are of people
in using computers/the Internet whether they have impairments relating to
vision or hearing, or who suffer from physical conditions as a result of
diseases such as Parkinson's Disease or arthritis. Really anything in the
health area that is relevant to this topic and it should extend to include
anything about the benefits of the Internet for people with disabilities
such as empowerment.

I am aware that the Pew Report does cover this to some extent, and have also
found Dobransky and Harigattai's 2006 paper titled 'The disability divide in
Internet access and use' in Information Communication and Society to be
useful. But if anyone can offer or direct me to further material I would be
very grateful.

Kind regards


Philippa K Smith, PhD
Research Manager
Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication AUT University Auckland NEW
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