Ageing, Vision Impairment and Digital Inclusion in Ireland

  • Blaithin Anna Mary Gallagher NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
  • Emma Murphy NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
  • Antoinette Fennell NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
Keywords: Ageing, Vision Loss, Accessibility, Assistive Technology, Disability

Abstract

Our population is ageing. Vision impairment is highly correlated with ageing and the population of older people with vision impairment is increasing. ICT competence is essential to fully partake in society. Older people, in particular those with vision impairment, are at a high risk of being excluded from the digital revolution and must be ecnourage to use ICT's. This paper outlines four projects in which NCBI has been involved in relation to older adults and digital inclusion. Improving access to ICT for older people with vision impairment will enhance their participation in social, cultural and economic life and bridge the digital divide.

Author Biographies

Blaithin Anna Mary Gallagher, NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
Head of Projects & Research, Dept of Projects & Research, NCBI
Emma Murphy, NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
Accessibility Researcher, Centre for Inclusive Technology, NCBI
Antoinette Fennell, NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
Accessibility Researcher, Centre for Inclusive Technology, NCBI
Published
2012-01-19
How to Cite
Gallagher, B., Murphy, E., & Fennell, A. (2012). Ageing, Vision Impairment and Digital Inclusion in Ireland. The Journal of Community Informatics, 8(1). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/886