People with Disabilities and Digital Everyday Worlds

  • Mike KentEmail author


This chapter examines the place of people with disabilities in the context of digital everyday worlds. It starts with an overview of the social construction of disability, and introduces the social model of disability as a way of approaching the challenges faced by people with disabilities, particularly online. It then argues why these issues need to be considered and addressed, particularly from a human rights perspective, before turning to look more specifically at the contested areas of access and visibility that the digital everyday world presents. Finally, the chapter addresses future challenges as what we might think of as online and offline worlds increasingly overlap and intersect.


Disability Access Internet Social Media The social model of disability 


  1. Cake, David and Mike Kent. 2014. Hacking the City: Disability and Access in Cities Made of Software. In City Imaging: Regeneration, Renewal and Decay, ed. Tara Brabazon, 103–116. New York and London: Springer.Google Scholar
  2. Ellis, Katie and Mike Kent. 2011. Disability and new media. New York/London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  3. Ellis, Katie and Mike Kent. 2017. Introduction: Social disability. In Disability and social media: Global perspectives, ed. Katie Ellis and Mike Kent. New York/London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  4. Ellis, Katie, Mike Kent, Kathryn Locke, and Melissa Merchant. 2016. Accessing subscription video on demand: A study of disability and streaming television in Australia. Sydney: Australia Communications Consumer Action NetworkGoogle Scholar
  5. Fox, Susannah. 2011. Americans living with disability and their technology profile. Washington, DC: Pew Internet and American Life Project. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  6. Goldstein, Lisa A. 2013. Google glass: Not for the hearing impaired. Mashable 6 August. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  7. Holier, Scott. 2016. The growing importance of accessible social media. In Disability and social media: Global perspectives, Hrsg. Ellis Katie und Kent Mike. New York/London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  8. Innes, Graeme. 2009. Creating welcoming school communities. Paper presented at the conference “More than gadgets: Assistive technology tools for access and learning”, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, 24–25 August.Google Scholar
  9. Jaeger, Paul T. 2012. Disability and the Internet: Confronting a digital divide. Boulder/London: Lynne Rienner Publishers.Google Scholar
  10. Jaeger, Paul T. 2015. Disability, human rights and social justice: The ongoing struggle for online accessibility and equality. First Monday (20) 9. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  11. Kayess, Rosemary and Philipp French. 2008. Out of darkness into light? Introducing the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Human Rights Law Review 8(1): 1–34.Google Scholar
  12. Mégret, Frédéric. 2008. The disabilities convention: Human rights of persons with disabilities or disability rights? Human Rights Quarterly 30(2): 494–516.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Oliver, Michael. 1981. A new model of the social work role in relation to disability. Paper presented at the conference “The handicapped person: A new perspective for social workers?”, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath, 17 September. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  14. United Nations General Assembly. 2006. Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  15. United States Census Bureau. 2012. Nearly 1 in 5 people have disability in the US, Census Bureau reports. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  16. Van de Ven, Leontine, Marcel Posts, Luc de Witte, and Wim van den Heuvel. 2005. It takes two to tango: The integration of people with disabilities into society. Disability and Society 20(3): 311–329.Google Scholar
  17. Vincente, María Rosalía, and Ana Jesús López. 2010. A multidimensional analysis of the disability digital divide: Some evidence for Internet use. The Information Society: An International Journal 26(1): 48–64. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  18. Wentz, Brian, Paul T. Jaeger, and John Lazar. 2011. Retrofitting accessibility: The legal inequality of after-the-fact online access for persons with disabilities in the United States. First Monday 16(11). Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  19. World Health Organisation and World Bank. 2011. World report on disability. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.
  20. World Wide Web Consortium. 2008. The web content accessibility guidelines 2.0. Accessed 22 Aug 2016.

Copyright information

© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, ein Teil von Springer Nature 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Media, Culture and Creative ArtsCurtin UniversityBentleyAustralien

Personalised recommendations