In purely theoretical terms, digitisation has considerable potential to enable activity and participation in school and everyday life for children and young people with disabilities, but since this is a relatively new phenomenon there is a lack of knowledge in the field. Research is needed into what opportunities and obstacles digital technology implies for children and young people with functional disabilities, and into how digital technology as support works in practical terms in the child’s everyday life.
Questions the research group are seeking to answer
• How does participation in everyday digital life work for children and young people with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities and ADHD?
• Are there any differences between the groups when it comes to society’s support or the opportunity to use and benefit from digitisation?
• How can technology as support be implemented in the everyday life of children and young people?
The group’s research has shown, among other things, that children with severe physical disabilities and an inability to speak (with and without cognitive disabilities), aged 1 and above, can use eye controlled computers for games, communication and schoolwork. The group has also developed a new web-based planning and reminder application, RemindMe, which is being tested by young as well as older people.