ERIC Number: ED439579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Computer and Internet Use among People with Disabilities. Disability Statistics Report 13.
Kaye, H. Stephen
This report uses data on 10,480 households from the Current Population Survey to investigate computer ownership and Internet use by disability status, racial and ethnic group, and age group. Analysis indicates: (1) people with disabilities are less than half as likely as their non-disabled counterparts to have access to a computer at home; (2) almost three times as many people without disabilities have the ability to connect to the Internet at home as those with disabilities; (3) people with disabilities are far less likely than those without disabilities to make use of the Internet; (4) only one-third of non-elderly persons with work disabilities have computers in their homes, compared to more than half of those without disabilities; (5) 24.9 percent of men with disabilities own computers compared to 53.2 percent without; (6) 23 percent of women with disabilities own computers versus 50.3 percent without; (7) among employed people with work disabilities, 42.6 percent have computers and 26.4 percent use the Internet, compared to 56.9 and 44 percent of their non-disabled counterparts; and (8) within each racial and ethnic group, the rate of computer ownership is much lower when there is a disability present in the household. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Age Differences, Computers, Disabilities, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Ethnic Groups, Internet, National Surveys, Racial Differences, Sex Differences
Disability Statistics Center, University of California, San Francisco, Box 0646, Laurel Heights, 3333 California St., San Francisco, CA 94143-0646. Tel: 415-502-5210; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.dsc.ucsf.edu.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Disability Statistics Center.