The Role of Cyberspace in Disabled Individuals' Leisure Time
15 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2014
Date Written: September 11, 2014
Disabled people are known as a marginalized group in Iran by citizens and government. Social researchers also have neglected disability especially in the field of ICTs. In this research our main goal was acquiring a deep understanding about the role of cyberspace in the leisure time of physically disabled people. For this purpose, we employed a qualitative method. 30 disabled users of cyberspace replied semi-structured questions through face to face or on line interviews. The findings show that disabled women benefit from cyberspace more than men as they experience double marginalization and discrimination in real world. The most crucial advantages of cyberspace for disabled people are communicating, entertaining, enhancing self-confidence, getting information, and obtaining happiness. These all lead to social inclusion. Cyberspace may have disadvantages such as neglecting real world and face to face interactions. The research findings will have implications for policy makers and NGOs supporting disabled people.
Keywords: Citizen, Disability, Leisure Time, Social Inclusion, Cyberspace
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