Two out of three disabled people believe that “new technologies can help them to improve their welfare”

This information comes from the study 'Disability, Integration and the Role of ICT' that Famma-Cocemfe Madrid and Cocemfe Barcelona have done in collaboration with Fundación Vodafone Spain

The study indicates that 86.3% of people with disabilities have mobile phones and three out of four have a computer for personal use (desktop 47.2% and portable 40.3%). Young people with disabilities and those with more income are the most to have these devices, but less than 10% are adapted.

In addition, 62.2% of people with disabilities have a 'smartphone', almost half of them use their computer daily and more than eight out of ten of those with mobile use it daily. It is also important to note that 17.1% of people with disabilities has other technological devices that help them in their daily tasks.

Regarding Internet use, 68.6% of them connect with some frequency to the Internet and nearly 50% access daily. They preferred mobile devices to connect to the Internet, ahead of laptops and desktops.

With respect to the use of social networks, two-thirds of those who use Internet participate in a social network, especially Facebook, and three out of four use instant messaging.

Almost one in four disabled people think that Internet provides them autonomy and independence, a situation more valued between people with higher degrees of disability.

To carry out this study were conducted, in late 2015, surveys over a sample of 1,039 people, representative of the different areas of disability, providing the latest data on disability and the role of new technologies.

Here you have the link to the study's spanish page página de estudios del Observatorio and to the download  Descarga del estudio en pdf

This information is also available in: Spanish