Empowerment by Digital Media of People with Disabilities

Three Dimensions of Support
  • Christian Bühler
  • Bastian Pelka
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8547)


The paper differentiates three dimensions of access for eInclusion instruments: Firstly, digital media are understood as environments that offer multiple channels for interaction between persons with disabilities and their environment. This dimension is challenged by barriers that hinder people to use digital media. Peer support could be understood as a second dimension: Social media can empower people to act as social innovators and help people with disabilities. Barriers are identified in the effort that has to be done or in unsuitable ICT-applications. On a third dimension, the advantages of “space” are explored: Public internet access points can be understood as a “space” that offers ICT access, support for individual needs and competences, facilitated by specialized staff. The high costs, missing political backing and need for competences could be understood as main barriers here. The paper suggests to capitalize on social innovation approaches to design new support instruments for eInclusion.


Digital Media Social Media Public Access Point People with Disability Empowerment eInclusion Telecentre 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Bühler
    • 1
  • Bastian Pelka
    • 2
  1. 1.TU Dortmund University -Rehabilitation TechnologyDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Social Research Centre - Central Scientific InstituteTechnische Universität DortmundDortmundGermany

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