NETWORK SOCIETY: Towards the integration of the environment of people with disabilities. The significance
of the Internet for the formation of communities of people with disabilities.
Dorota Żuchowska-Skiba 1 1 - AGH, Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica w Krakowie MAeS 2015; 16 (2): ICID: 1172794 Article type: Original article IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
New media technologies allow for the creation and functioning of communities of people
struggling with similar problems, who want to obtain help, advice and support. Virtual
communities provide a space where in the conditions of the bottom-up self-help actions and activities arises for them the possibility to communicate, exchange information, share
experiences and problems. This causes significant changes for the activity of people with
disabilities in the emerging networked society, within which a new method of information
production and flow in being formed with the support of the social media networks,
influencing the shape of the society on all levels: from the individual to the organizational.
A significant part of social activities undertaken in this environment is transferred into
the network, which on the one hand strengthens its integration, but on the other hand
may paradoxically deepen the social isolation of people with disabilities, whose activities
will not go beyond the virtual space. The primary goal of this article is to show – based on
the analysis of the content of their social media profiles – the advantages and disadvantages
of using the Internet indicated both by people with disabilities and others actively
acting on behalf of this environment.