Good Things Foundation is proud to support a Disability Specialist Network of 115 Online Centres. We know there are lots of community organisations out there working hard to help disabled people learn how to use computers and benefit from what the internet has to offer. But why is there still such a large proportion of disabled people who have never used the internet, and for those that have, what is making them stop using it? We’ve been carrying out some research and have put all of our findings together in a new Handbook, launched today.
Through our research into disability and digital inclusion, we wanted to start addressing why so many disabled people are digitally excluded and find out what organisations can do about it by learning from people already leading the way in this area. I wrote about this in my ‘Disability and Digital Inclusion’ blog, during the research phase at the end of 2014
The stats tell us that 25% of disabled adults have never used the internet, compared to 10.2% of the entire UK population, and disabled adults make up 50% of the 0.9 million lapsed internet users (those who last used the internet over 3 months ago). 27% of learners attending Online Centres are disabled, which includes those who are physically disabled, learning disabled and/or have a mental health issue.
So why is it that disabled people are using the internet but then not coming back to it?