2016 SUNspot (01) - Wireless Device Ownership by People with Disabilities

Date of Publication: 
2016 December

We created “SUNspot” to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for our Survey of User Needs (SUN), our cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities.  We launched the first version of the SUN in 2001. The latest version (Version 5) was conducted in the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016.


This SUNspot addresses the following question related to ownership of wireless devices by adults with disabilities:

  • Do people with disabilities own wireless devices (regular phones, smartphones and tablets) at the same rates as the general population?


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