A new study has found that people with disabilities who are not able to use a desktop computer often find themselves having to use the Internet.
The study found that almost three-quarters of people with disability use the internet to access their computers.
People with physical impairments and disabilities who cannot use a computer have often relied on the internet for information, according to the study.
But it is a very different story for people with cognitive impairment, or people with intellectual disabilities.
“They are often the ones using the internet, and when they don’t have access to a computer, they are having to rely on their friends, relatives and colleagues,” says researcher Dr. Susan Schubert.
The new study, published in the Journal of Communication Disorders, has been looking at how people use the web to get information about their disability.
The findings are in line with what we know about the impact of internet access on people with impairments.
But they also show that people who do not have disabilities are less likely to use computers as their primary means of information.
“The people who are using the web in a way that we don’t think is normal are the ones who are more likely to experience social isolation and loneliness, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder,” Dr. Schuert says.
“I think it is very important to understand what we do to them when we talk about disability, and how we might be helping them.”
Researchers found that the number of people who used the internet in a year was higher in people with physical impairment and cognitive impairment.
The proportion of people accessing the internet through computers for more than four hours per day was higher for people who have physical impairements, compared to people with no impairments, and for people in the group who have cognitive impairment but are able to access the internet.
People who had physical impairions, such as people with a lower IQ, who have a history of substance use, and people with schizophrenia were the most likely to not use computers in a given year.
People without a disability were also less likely than the rest of the population to use computer technology to access information.
But the researchers say this may not be a true reflection of the people who use the computer in the most important ways.
“It could be that people using the computer for entertainment and socializing, or for business purposes, are also not using the system for their actual needs,” says Dr. Svetlana Mihaylov, a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of California, San Diego.
“These people may not even be able to afford the hardware that is necessary to do this kind of thing.”
Researchers say that this could be one reason why people with an intellectual disability have been found to have higher rates of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and schizophrenia than the general population.
They also point out that many of the online resources people with the same problems may have are also accessible to people who may not have any specific disability.
“Even if we have access, we can still struggle with certain things,” Dr Mihai tells ABC News.
“So I think it would be good to get more people with mental health problems to see these resources and use them to help them understand what they can do to change their situation.”