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Enhanced participation or just another activity? The social shaping of iPad use for youths with intellectual disabilities.

Authors
  • Isaksson, Charlotta1
  • Björquist, Elisabet1
  • 1 University West, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of intellectual disabilities : JOID
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
25
Issue
4
Pages
619–635
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1744629520911311
PMID: 32208879
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The use of smartphones and tablet devices in activities is believed to have great potential for enhancing the participation of people with intellectual disabilities. However, these technologies, in themselves, do not contribute to participation. What matters is how they are used. Employing the concept of domestication and insights gained from interviews with staff, this article examines conditions for the enhanced participation of youths with intellectual disability and how tablet devices are being integrated into social care settings, in particular.The findings reveal two approaches to tablet integration. In one approach, tablet use is an organized practice focused on technology acquisition, skills improvement and entertainment. In the other, it is integrated into existing practices as an aid to interpersonal communication. The organized digital activities create conditions for the youths to participate like non-disabled peers. The greatest potential for enabling participation with each other is when the youths themselves initiate the use of tablets.

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