The use of information and communication technology (ICT) outside of school for boys and girls with motor disabilities. In Assistive technology from adapted equipment to inclusive environments: In Assistive technology from adapted equipment to inclusive environments
2009 (English)In: Assistive technology research series, ISSN 1383-813X, Vol. 25, 595-599 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to investigate boys and girls with motor disabilities use and opinions of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in outside-of-school activities compared with non-disabled children. Participants were 254 children and youths, with motor disabilities, attending mainstream schools. The participants responded to a questionnaire about the use of ICT activities outside-of-school. For group comparisons with non-disabled children, data from the survey “Kids and Media” was used. A significantly higher proportion of children with motor disabilities was engaged in ICT activities, such as using the Internet, playing computer games and visiting communities. Our study reveals a positive result from a gender perspective, where the use of ICT activities is more equal among boys and girls with disabilities than among non-disabled boys and girls. This brings new interest in ICT and computer activities as an opportunity for all boys and girls, since previous studies show that digital skills affect academic skills, and ICT activities may also serve as a gateway to technology in general.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 25, 595-599 p.
National CategoryOccupational Therapy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59662DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-042-1-595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-59662DiVA: diva2:352975