Is digital divide an issue for students with learning disabilities?

Ting Feng Wu, Ming Chung Chen*, Yao Ming Yeh, Hwa Pey Wang, Sophie Chien Huey Chang

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this study was to examine if digital divide exists between elementary school aged children with learning disabilities (LD) and their nondisabled peers in Taiwan. A self-reported questionnaire regarding information and communication technology (ICT) access and ICT competency, Scale of Digital Participation of Elementary School Students, designed by the authors, was used to collect data. Totally, 117 students with LD and 117 peers without disabilities were recruited in this investigation and were conducted with the questionnaire. The results indicated that there was no significant difference in the opportunities to access computers and the Internet at home and at school between children with and without LD. However, there was a significant difference found in ICT competencies between children with and without LD. Moreover, students without LD enhanced their computer competency gradually year by year, but students with LD eventually did not. The findings of this study supported the notion that mere provision of ICT access is not sufficient for children with LD to master ICT skills. A specific designed ICT instruction programs should be provided to children with LD. Finally, suggestions for future studies were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-117
Number of pages6
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - 10 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital divide
  • ICT access
  • ICT competency
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Students with learning disabilities


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