The two sides of the disability digital divide
11:30am, level 2, room 202
Philippa Smith, Auckland University of Technology
Natalie Dudley, FigureNZ
Tags: Access, Community
Recent research looking at internet use by New Zealanders with disabilities highlighted the two sides of the disability digital divide. While a number of the research participants talked about gaining greater independence by conducting daily tasks online for purposes such as communication, education, information seeking and consumer activities, barriers were also identified such as cost, skills training and the failure of digital devices, software and websites to be user-friendly for people with disabilities. This participatory session aims to explore these areas further and welcomes input from people with disabilities and those who work in the area of digital design and development.