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A Sense of Control

Virtual Communities for People with Mobility Impairments

This work develops a theoretical framework for a virtual community for people with long-term, severe mobility disabilities. It proposes strategies for implementing a virtual community model based on user information needs. The central theme to emerge from their narratives is how the use of information and communications technology (ICT) allows them to regain a sense of control. The conclusion is that the technology provides strategies for independence and facilitates self-empowerment.

Paperback, 308 Pages

Published: October 2008

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-521-3


  • …an exciting piece of research, Online Information Review


  • Communication, information and well-being for people with disabilities; Virtual communities’ research - the perspective; Governments’ policies, legislative and telecommunications regulatory frameworks and information policy; Information needs research for people with disabilities; Deconstructing the narratives of people with physical disabilities - towards a well-being model for a successful virtual community; Findings from the narratives of the allied health/information/policy professionals - confirming the relevance of the emerging well-being model; Model construction; Future directions for virtual communities for people with physical disabilities.


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