Disability, Children, and the Invention of Digital Media

Authored by: Katie Ellis , Gerard Goggin , Mike Kent

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351004107-34

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Abstract

Children with disabilities tend to be overlooked in discussions of media – yet in relation to digital media they represent a highly significant, innovative, and diverse group. This chapter puts the topic of children with disabilities on the agenda for digital media research. It presents two ideas: 1) children with disabilities warrant urgent research-based attention since it is impossible to gain a comprehensive understanding of children’s digital media use without them; and 2) beyond that, critical understandings of disability offer important theoretical, policy, and practice insights into how researchers may approach digital media and children in general.

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