The following estimates are based on data collected from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2000):

  • 51% of persons (all ages) with no disability regularly use a personal computer, compared to 13% of persons with vision problems (Gerber, 2003). While 23% of persons without a disability have never used a computer, 70% of those with a visual problem have never used one.
  • The majority of persons with no disabilities (57%) report having Internet access (at home or elsewhere), compared to one-fifth (21%) of persons who have a vision problem (Gerber, 2003).

The differences in computer use and Internet access among those with and without disabilities decrease slightly when considering only persons who are employed (ages 25-49):

  • 17% of employed persons without a disability have never used a computer, in comparison to 31% of employed persons with vision problems.
  • 64% of employed persons without a disability have Internet access (at home or elsewhere), compared to 54% of employed persons with vision problems.

 

 

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