Young and digital – enabling technology

Ung tjej pratar i mobiltelefon

What does the increased digitisation of society mean for children and young people with functional disabilities? Have children and young people with disabilities benefited from the opportunities that these developments offer? Could digitisation mean that some groups end up with fewer opportunities to participate in society?

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.

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Helena Hemmingsson, Vedrana Bolic Baric, Helene Lidström (2015)

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics , s.685-688 Continue to DOI

Vedrana Bolic Baric, Valerie Tegelström, Erik Ekblad, Helena Hemmingsson (2015)

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics , s.247-254 Continue to DOI

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Maria Borgestig, Torbjorn Falkmer, Helena Hemmingsson (2013)

Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy , Vol.20 , s.463-470 Continue to DOI

Maria Borgestig, Torbjorn Falkmer, Helena Hemmingsson (2013)

Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy , Vol.20 , s.463-470 Continue to DOI

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