Characterising mobile phone inclusion among Assistive Technology users

Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kota Kita, Development Planning Unit (DPU), SLURC, the SHM foundation
March 10, 2022
Sierra Leone, Indonesia

Characterising mobile phone inclusion among Assistive Technology users: An intersectional disability analysis of mobile phone access and use in Banjarmasin, Indonesia and Freetown, Sierra Leone

This report shares the findings of research conducted in five informal settlements across the cities of Banjarmasin, Indonesia and Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 2020- 2021 as part of the AT2030 Project (AT2030 SP9). The research explored the attitudes, access to and use of mobile phones and other information and communication technologies amongst people with disabilities, carers, older people, and potential assistive technology users in these communities.

The findings of the research helped us to plan for inclusive distance-research in the context of social distancing measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as increasing knowledge about how factors such as disability, gender, and age affect access to and uses of phones as an assistive product.