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HCID Research Seminar - The digital lives of people with learning disabilities




Speakers: Peter Williams, UCL

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:

Mobile digital technology, in the form of smart phones, tablets, laptops and their accompanying functionality/apps etc., is becoming ever more used by people with Learning Disabilities (LD) - for entertainment, to communicate and socialise, and enjoy self-expression. Despite this, there has been very little research into the experiences of such technology by this cohort, it’s role in articulating personal identity and self-advocacy and the barriers encountered in negotiating technology in everyday life.
Pete is currently working on a project funded by the British Academy addressing these issues which aims to explore:
the experiences of people with LD in using mobile technology in their everyday lives. However, rather than the project simply following the standard research procedure of gathering and analysing ‘data’ to which individual ‘research subjects’ have no access, participants (and their supporters) will help co-produce an accessible, annotated and hyperlinked living e-archive of their experiences.
The presentation will outline particular ethical and methodological challenges entailed in working with the particular cohort; the methods adopted, and some early findings. He also hopes to demonstrate the archive, if all of the numerous technical and other hitches have been ironed out in time!

About the speaker:

Pete is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, based in the Department of Information Studies at University College London. He has spent the last 20 years investigating the use of the Internet and other ICT applications in the fields of education, health, and the news media, first at City University and now at UCL. He is currently working on a three year full-time Post-doc Fellowship from the British Academy, entitled 'The Digital Lives of People With Learning Disabilities'. Before this project Pete examined how best to present and organise web-based information for the same cohort. He completed his PhD in this area in 2013.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 25th May 2018

AG03 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom