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Digital Footprints: Exploring Digital Inclusion in Adults with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities

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Digital Footprints: Exploring Digital Inclusion in Adults with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities

Lewchuk, Dillon (2020) Digital Footprints: Exploring Digital Inclusion in Adults with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study aims to explore digital inclusion for adults with intellectual disabilities. The research question is: How do adults with intellectual disabilities currently use digital media and the digital world? The study consists of eleven participants who range between ages 18-65 who have either a mild or moderate intellectual disability. The participants participated in an unique university course specially designed to match adults with an intellectual disability with undergraduate students that focused on learning and creating digital art. A qualitative methodology was used with a phenomenological approach to gather data in two ways: 1. one-to-one interviews and 2. field notes of the participant’s interactions with the digital technology. The data was analysed through thematic analysis to discover patterns and themes to answer the research question. The results were six emergent themes: effects of digital literacy deficits, online social interactions, positive and novel experiences, knowledge equals autonomy, digital visitor, and caregiver’s role. An unforeseen result was documented that creating digital art within a classroom environment with research participants (adults with intellectual disabilities) appeared to increase their self-esteem and social interactions with others. This study is a stepping-stone to creating a baseline on this population’s uses and barriers of digital technology and the digital world. The results demonstrate how the lack of digital inclusion contributes to unnecessary barriers for adults with intellectual disabilities in accessing online art therapy and digital art therapy.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Lewchuk, Dillon
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:April 2020
Keywords:Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Adults with Learning Disabilities, Digital Inclusion, Internet Therapy, Telehealth, Digital Art Therapy, Internet Art Therapy.
ID Code:986568
Deposited By: Dillon Lewchuk
Deposited On:27 Mar 2020 14:14
Last Modified:27 Mar 2020 14:14

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