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Information worlds of people with deafblindness
Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för bibliotek, information, pedagogik och IT.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-4479-9286
Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för bibliotek, information, pedagogik och IT.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-3412-2420
2020 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Publicerat paper (Fagfellevurdert)
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Abstract [en]

Introduction. This paper explores the information world of people with deafblindness, i.e., a diverse group of people whose vision and hearing loss are of such severity that it is hard for their impaired senses to compensate for each other.

Method. An extensive interview study conducted in five European countries. It has examined the level, form and accessibility of information available to people with deafblindness. This paper draws on these interviews, and other material and observations, in providing general characteristics and the results presented here. However, the data and quotations presented in this paper are from the interviews conducted by the authors in Sweden.

Analysis. The analysis of the interviews was done using the coding scheme based on the concepts of small worlds and the theory of information world looking for emerging themes. The scheme was flexible and additional themes were included into it during analysis when they emerged from the data.

Results. The study found that while the lives of most people are facilitated by an abundance of information in various forms and often in taken for granted format, this is not the case for those members of the society with deafblindness who need such information the most. The means of signification and information sources are limited for people with deafblindness not only because of dual sensory impairments, but mainly because of the limited opportunities afforded outside their small worlds.

Conclusions. The improvement of information infrastructures aimed at people with deafblindness will benefit the society and its democratic foundations as a whole and will strengthen the participation of people with deafblindness.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2020. Vol. 25, nr 4
Emneord [en]
Information worlds, Small worlds, Public Sphere, Inclusion, Deafblindness
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-23902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-23902DiVA, id: diva2:1474909
Konferanse
ISIC 2020, Online, September 28 - October 1 2020.
Prosjekter
SUITCEYES
Forskningsfinansiär
EU, Horizon 2020, 780814
Merknad

This paper won the Best Paper Award at ISIC 2020 conference.

Especial thanks go to the study participants who shared their valuable insights with us. Without them this study would not have been possible. The authors are also grateful to colleagues, members of the SUITCEYES project, who took part in the conduct of the broader interviews. This work has been partially funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780814 SUITCEYES

Tilgjengelig fra: 2020-10-11 Laget: 2020-10-11 Sist oppdatert: 2021-01-11bibliografisk kontrollert

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