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A Sense of Control - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843345213, 9781780631448

A Sense of Control

1st Edition

Virtual Communities for People with Mobility Impairments

Author: Christine Tilley
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843345220
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345213
eBook ISBN: 9781780631448
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th October 2008
Page Count: 308
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Table of Contents

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.


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.

Key Features

  • Draws on the author’s wide-ranging experience of ICT and disability
  • Provides practical and realistic recommendations to real-world problems


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science; Knowledge managers


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…an exciting piece of research, Online Information Review

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About the Author

Christine Tilley

Dr Christine Tilley is an Associate of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Furthermore, she has served as an advisor and board member on many library, information technology and disability committees. Her research work included (ICT) and disability, information literacy and information use.

Affiliations and Expertise

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia