Digital Citizenship for All: Empowering Young Learners with Disabilities to Become Digitally Literate

Quincy Conley, Boise State University
Jessica Scheufler, Boise State University
Gina Persichini, Boise State University
Patrick R. Lowenthal, Boise State University
Michael Humphrey, Boise State University


Digital literacy is important, particularly for young people as they prepare for college and a career in modern society. From computer-based tests used to measure student progress on college applications and online job applications, the transition to college and career requires the use of technology. Individuals must have digital literacy skills to fully participate and contribute on the job and at school. This includes people with disabilities. These young adults have aspirations for jobs and higher education just like others their age and therefore deserve to be taken seriously. This article is a review of literature that explores what it means to be digitally literate, the digital literacy experience for young adults with disabilities, and the implications for education and the workplace. It also proposes instructional solutions to aid in the preparation of young adults for college and career.