A Sense of Control. Virtual Communities for People with by Christine Tilley

By Christine Tilley

This paintings develops a theoretical framework for a digital group for individuals with long term, critical mobility disabilities. It proposes suggestions for imposing a digital neighborhood version in response to person info wishes. The valuable topic to emerge from their narratives is how using info and communications know-how (ICT) permits them to regain a feeling of regulate. the belief is that the know-how presents thoughts for independence and enables self-empowerment.

  • Draws at the author's wide-ranging adventure of ICT and disability
  • Provides useful and lifelike ideas to real-world problems

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On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, virtual communities have sought new ways to extract economic advantage and increase social cohesion, using partnerships and lifelong learning as fundamental to community success. Technology underpins these goals. However, in the USA ‘smart communities’ have evolved with the focus on technology; while Britain has created ‘learning cities’ that have lifelong learning as their central focus (Crawley, 2002; Longworth, 2002; Renninger, 2002). , 2004). To summarise their direction, initially they were taken up by some governments but were not as widely embraced as they might have been.

The concept was originally embraced in 1991, and rapidly more than half the population were connected to the internet to order groceries, voice their views on a new bond issue and expose online a multitude of opinions on everything. They have recorded how living in a ‘connected town’ has impacted on the decisions and responsibilities of civic leaders, educators, parents and business professionals. : 235). Casalegno and Kavanaugh (1998) undertook a study of the Blacksburg Electronic Village, based on a 1993–1997 focus group and electronic questionnaire data.

British 37 A Sense of Control Telecom has a long-standing record of tailoring its services to the needs of older and disabled customers, providing support and information through a dedicated Age and Disability Action Unit and website. ipb. au) has taken on this vital advocacy role. The Commonwealth government supports TEDICORE3 through the Grants to Fund Telecommunications Consumer Representations programme of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA). TEDICORE, as an advocacy group, represents the interests of disabled telecommunications consumers and has promoted equity and accessibility to the products and services offered by the telecommunications industry since 1998.

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