This book examines the role that technologies play in the lives of adults with learning disabilities. It analyses how design and support practices can be used to support access to technology in ways that can enhance opportunities and life experiences.

Drawing on international literature and the author’s own research, the book considers what we know about past and present practices of supporting adults with learning disabilities to use technologies. It outlines how support practices can offer opportunities to overcome digital inequalities, offering a framework of core beliefs and knowledge that can inform future initiatives. The book has a particular focus on technologies, policies, practitioner communities and the characteristics of support practice. It also highlights the potential of people with learning disabilities, the potential of technology and the potential of the environment to support technology use.

This important book will be highly relevant reading for academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the field of special educational needs and disabilities, digital education and learning technologies, inclusive education and social work.

chapter 1|7 pages

Taking stock of past and present practice

chapter 3|15 pages

Exploring narratives of potential

From the perspective of adults with learning disabilities

chapter 4|17 pages

Technologies of the past

Mixed blessings

chapter 5|18 pages

Building networks and creating gaps

Past policy initiatives

chapter 6|14 pages

Support networks of the past

A constellation of communities of practice

chapter 8|22 pages

Technologies of the present

New design imperatives

chapter 9|20 pages

Navigating the causes of digital inequalities

Present policy and legislative initiatives

chapter 10|17 pages

Support networks of the present

A conflict of enterprises?

chapter 12|23 pages

Charting a course to a future practice