Back to the future, disability and the digital divide

Stephen MacDonald*, John Clayton

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The aim of this article is to explore disability and the digital divide using a quantitative methodology. The research investigates what impact digital technologies have had in improving the life-chances for disabled people from deprived neighbourhoods in the northeast of England. The study explores how disabled people engage with digital and assistive technologies in order to overcome disabling barriers and social exclusion. Unfortunately, the analysis found no evidence that digital and assistive technologies had any impact on reducing social exclusion for disabled people. In fact, the research discovered that these technologies seemed to construct new forms of disabling barriers as a consequence of the digital divide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-718
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number5
Early online date5 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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