A significant number of people with learning disabilities are using digital: recent of- com data confirms that 61% of people with learning disabilities use a smartphone. However, this rate is still below levels of use by non-disabled audiences.
May people with learning disabilities miss out on the life-enriching experiences that the internet can provide because their carers, support workers or families think they are too vulnerable to the dangers that can present and therefore restrict their access and usage.
in contrast, people with learning disabilities themselves value how using the internet can help them express an alternative identity and pursue opportunities that would otherwise be hard to access. the internet can help people with learning disabilities stay in touch with friends, learn new things, and wide range of entertainment- just as it can for anyone.
Digital inclusion activities with a particular focus on online safety can address the concerns of those close to learners while ensuring that learners can benefit from the internet. Embedding safe online behaviours into learning can help learners and carers alike feel confident that they are aware of the benefits and risks of being online.