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RightToConnect project published research results to understand digital literacy barriers and needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Digital literacy is an essential skill for participating in today’s society, but it can be a challenge for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our recent research study investigated the specific digital literacy challenges faced by this population and aimed to identify ways to improve their access to technology particularly e-learning and social media usage.

This focus of this research is two-fold. First, a systematic literature review was conducted to define the state of the art of the project and inform the methodological framework development. Second, a transnational quantitative anonymous survey was implemented in 5 countries and 10 partners. Partners aimed at further analysing the themes that emerged from literature review. Each partner localized and adapted the survey tool based on the needs and preferences of the participants in their local and institutional context.

We found that individuals with intellectual disabilities often struggle with basic computer skills, understanding digital concepts and navigating the internet. They have less access to and

opportunities to learn how to use ICT, and this constitutes a digital divide. Additionally, they may also face barriers related to assistive technology and lack of accessible design.

The research also shed light on existing competency frameworks, challenges and barriers on social media usage, and co-design method to build accessible ICT products. We believe that by addressing these challenges, we can improve the digital literacy and overall participation of individuals with intellectual disabilities in our increasingly digital world.

To know more please visit the result page of our website.

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