Young people with disabilities have a high level of Internet access.

A new study by the British regulator Ofcom shows that young people with disabilities take advantage of online networking.

The study shows that the level of Internet access among the younger age group (15-34 years old) is generally comparable, regardless of whether people have disabilities or not (90% compared with 93%). This indicator increases to 94% for people with disabilities and up to 97% for people without disabilities among the richer in this group.

For older people (65+) and less affluent people with disabilities, the level of Internet access is the lowest (23%), which is significantly lower than among people of the same age without disabilities and the same socio-economic group (37%). In all age groups, Internet ownership is 55% for consumers with disabilities compared to 83% of consumers without disabilities.

The report also notes that access to mobile phones is generally comparable between young people with disabilities and age-related disabilities. 92% of people with disabilities between the ages of 15-34 have a mobile phone, compared with 87% of people without disabilities in this age group. Two-thirds of people with disabilities aged 75+ have a mobile phone, but this is less than among people without disabilities of the same age (72%).

There are also features of the distribution by type of disability. The Internet is most common among people with hearing impairment (64%) and vision (62%), and the least among people with mobility limitations (53%) or multiple restrictions (51%).

Source: Young people with disabilities have high internet access levels