Abstract

Technology use is a key form of social inclusion and a means to engage in community participation. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience a digital divide with less technology access as compared to their peers. We used data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study of 2012 to study technology use and access to instruction among adolescents with IDD compared to adolescents with other disabilities and adolescents without disabilities. Results indicate adolescents with IDD use technology less, receive less technology training, and engage in fewer social inclusion opportunities than their peers. Implications for future research, policy, and practice are provided, including promoting digital citizenship training during transition planning and the use of social capital theory.

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