Published: 26th Sep 2013
Younger people with disabilities are embracing the internet, new research has revealed.
A study by telecommunications watchdog Ofcom has found 90 per cent of disabled Britons aged between 15 and 34 are able to go online, which is broadly similar to the 93 per cent average for this demographic as a whole.
The figure is even higher for more affluent individuals in this group, standing at 94 per cent for disabled people and 97 per cent overall.
However, internet access is much less common among disabled people who are aged 65 and over and come from a poorer background. Only 23 per cent of this demographic can go online, compared to 37 per cent of the group as a whole.
Ofcom's research found that 55 per cent of total disabled people have online access. However, this figure is likely to increase in the coming years as more young people embrace the advantages of the web.
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