A study on the utilization of information and communication assistive devices for bridging the digital devide of the disabled
- A study on the utilization of information and communication assistive devices for bridging the digital devide of the disabled
- 김정호; 서준교; 구교준
- 장애인; 보조기기; 활용도; disabled; digital devide; possession and accesibility; usage ability; utilization; activate popularization of assistive devices
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- 한국감성과학회지 : 감성과학; Korean Journal of the Science of Emotion and Sensibility
- VOL 13, NO 3, 581-596
- The purposes of this study are to investigate and analyze the level of information and the state of digital divide of the disabled by surveying the demand for information and communication assistive devices, and to provide basic data for plans on the development and utilization of information and communication assistive devices. In order to understand the actual condition and the state of digital divide of persons with disabilities, the differences of possession and accessibility of information technology devices, usage ability, and utilization were analyzed according to the disability profile by using the T-test. The results show that there are significant differences (T=2.510*) of possession and accessibility of information technology devices with respect to the disability profile, and that the disabled have lower possession and accessibility of devices than the non-disabled. Result of this study's demand forecast shows that about 28% of total respondents are currently using information and communication assistive devices, and a majority (67%) of them answered that the use of assistive devices lend great help to their live. The proportion of those who have been supported by the government or related organizations with information and communication assistive devices were 36% of the total respondents, and those satisfied with the performance of the devices were 46% of the total responses. Meanwhile, only 36% of total users answered that the operating assistive devices was the greatest inconvenience. Moreover, the general requests of respondents in regards to the devices were stabilization of device performance, miniaturization of size, simplification of buttons, and reduction of weight.
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