Benefits of information and communication technologies for people who experience moods swings, fear, voice and visions
In addition to the benefits for everyone, some People Who who rmight be uncomfortable in social settings (or make others uncomfortable) are enabled by electronic social networking. These exchanges and communities can be part of recovery.
Some of the challenges for People Who:
they might not be able to afford connect charges/service;
might not be able to afford computer/software/tools;
might not have stable housing or phone from which to access;
might not be computer literate and might not have the confidence to learn;
might be afraid that the computer is 'speaking' to the user;
might be worried about terms of service contracts, spam, wonder how their address was known;
that medication might cause tremors, small hand movements might be difficult;
poor and complex web design might cause overload;
web design flicker might cause a seizure.
As for risks:
internet addiction is a term debunked by subsequent research;
gaming and porn are risks everywhere, not unique to People Who
part of the service provider concerns stems from unfamiliarity with the new of the technology and with that resistance to change.
Like everyone, People Who will find their own level as we have with the non-electronic versions of new resources.
Parental responsibilities for Children Who are no different from those for all children; parental control software may be installed.
There are support groups formed for many disabilities and issues. One of the earliest was a Usenet news group formed in 1993 - alt.support.depression. Today a Google search for mental health support got 340,000 hits. There are lots of studies about people searching for health information and self-help on line; People Who do this too, researching prescribed medications and psychiatrists reputations.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has many mentions for information, especially in Articles 9 and 21 (ICT excerpts from CRPD), and People Who are covered by CRPD and included in those rights to information and access that are there detailed.
People Who - www.peoplewho.org - April 2008