Young people with disabilities have high internet access levels
Europe, September 27 2013
New research by UK regulator Ofcom shows that young people with disabilities are taking advantage of the benefits of being online.
The study shows that levels of internet access among the youngest age group (15-34) are broadly comparable, regardless of whether people have a disability or not (90% compared with 93%). This increases to 94 percent for people with disabilities and 97 percent for non-disabled people among the more affluent in this age group.
For older (65+) less affluent people with disabilities, internet access levels are at their lowest (23%) which is significantly lower than among non-disabled people of the same age and socio-economic group (37%). Across all age groups, internet ownership is 55 percent for consumers with disabilities compared with 83 percent for non-disabled consumers. This can partly be explained by their older profile as half ofpeople with disabilities are aged 65+.
The report also shows that mobile phone access is broadly comparable between disabled and non-disabled adults across most age groups. Ninety-two per cent of people with disabilities aged 15-34 have a mobile phone compared to 87 percent among non-disabled adults in this age group. Two-thirds of people with disabilities aged 75+ have a mobile phone but this is lower than among non-disabled people of the same age (72%). There are also variations by type of disability. Internet access is highest among people with hearing (64%) and vision disability (62%) but lowest among people with mobility disabilities (53%) or multiple disabilities (51%).