Digital Media Usage and Attitudes of People with Sensory Impairments

This project addresses the theme of health and social care of the CHERISH-DE centre. The main purpose of this proposal is to explore how information and communication technologies (ICTs) empower people with sensory impairments and what are the current barriers to digital accessibility faced by visually impaired and hearing impaired users in Wales. This planned research will examine the digital media use and attitudes of adults with sensory impairment in wales. two main areas will be investigated:
  • digital media take-up, use of internet and other online activities.
  • critical understanding of digital media: user’s attitudes towards different areas of digital media.
A survey questionnaire will also be developed along with these key research areas to reveal the media communicative potentials and to produce periodical research outcome among other purposes. the combination of expertise from media studies and computer science is crucial for the development of this project. Once we succeed with first step of the project we will seek external sources of funding such as ESRC and Luverhulme. The outcome of this research is envisaged to be first of all, a report that will be made available for partners and general public and then at least one joint research paper published in peer-reviewed academic journal. Hence the result of this project could directly benefit end-users and improve community health and well-being. The total work plan will take over nine months and the total project cost will be £4,978.02