According to a recent infographic the UK has the highest proportion of social networking users in the world.
Yet the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 3.8 million disabled adults have never used the Internet. This represents 33% of registered disabled individuals in the UK. Worryingly there is no change in this figure from the previous year.
Also research from Age UK concluded that poorer people, those living alone and
those in relatively poor health were least likely to access Internet services
(Understanding Society, UK Household Longitudinal Study using data from the study of 40,000 UK households).
Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with family and friends, for making new friends and battling social isolation- in fact it could be said it is the perfect medium to help disabled people and yet…
Until we start to address the issues that face people with disabilities such as costs for equipment/internet connection and specialist training on assistive technologies this figure seems likely to remain unchanging.