What is it about?

This article uses interviews from professionals who worked in the field of special needs technology between 1970 and 1999 to try and explore whether and how adults with learning disabilities were an ignored group who were not supported to benefit from the new technologies that were being developed at the time. Key themes from the interviews are used to try and understand why now in the 21st Century adults with learning disabilities are not benefiting from new technologies in the way that other non-disabled are.

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Why is it important?

The work in this paper is important because it seeks to understand why a certain group in society are so disadvantaged and discriminated against with regards to being able to access everyday technologies and use them in ways that are personally meaningful and fulfilling.


This article is of real relevance to my own professional practice, since I began researching the use of technologies with adults with learning disabilities back in 1987

Jane Seale
The Open University

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This page is a summary of: Wilderness and resistance: illuminating the digital inequalities experienced by adults with learning disabilities between 1970 and 1999, Disability & Society, April 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1576504.
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