Cerebral palsy and online social networks

Lewis, Makayla (2010) Cerebral palsy and online social networks. In: ASSETS'10 : 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility; 25 - 27 Oct 2010, Orlando, Florida, U.S..


This study qualitatively explores the experiences and challenges faced when people with cerebral palsy use online social networks. Fourteen interviews were carried out consisting of participants with different types of cerebral palsy. The study identified the reasons for use and non-use and also discovered key themes together with challenges that affected their experiences. For example abrupt and frequently changing online social networks were reported to slow down or prevent use. In spite of this, the study recognized the technology is a vital way for these people to communicate and would continue to play a crucial role within their lives.

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