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Technology Enhanced Community Participation: Why Supporting Digital Citizen Activity of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is Critical

Date: February 23, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST

Technology Enhanced Community Participation: Why Supporting Digital Citizen Activity of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is Critical

View the archived webinar (available to members only)

*AAIDD members can register and have access to the webinar archive at no cost; however, non-members will be charged a small fee ($10) to register for the webinars.

Presenters:
Kim W. Fisher, PhD, FAAIDD, Illinois State University
Heather J. Williamson, Dr.PH, MBA, OTR/L, CPH, FAAIDD, Northern Arizona University
Scott Kupferman, PhD, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Technology is integral to our lives as we, as digital citizens, use technology to participate in social, civic, and political action to improve our communities. Technology use is important for building social networks and leveraging bonding and bridging social capital. Experts overall agree technology engagement promotes well-being, including increasing connection, access, and commerce.
COVID-19 has resulted in increases in technology-use due to the need for social distancing in all aspects of life. This increased demand for technology access also reveals how wide the digital divide has been for certain populations, particularly individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Given technology’s role in our lives, technology use through digital citizen activity is an essential form of social inclusion and a means for community participation in social, civic, and political activity.

In this webinar, we discuss technology use for digital citizen behaviors. We will also lead a discussion on leveraging opportunities to improve digital citizen engagement.

Objectives:
1. Understand digital citizen behaviors role in full participation in social, civic, and political activity.
2. Learn about issues related to technology access, knowledge, and use for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
3. Identify opportunities to engage, partner, and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to use technology for full participation.