Technology Utilization and Physical Engagement Among Children with Disabilities in Nepal

Authors

  • Yadav Prasad Acharya Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jhp.v11i1.61207

Keywords:

Digitization, disability, impairment, physical education, special needs, technology

Abstract

This study aims to explore how the utilization of modern technology by children with disabilities may lead to sedentary behaviors. This study is informed by the interpretive paradigm. An explorative qualitative research design was adopted to approach the phenomenon. This study has covered three different disability groups: visual impairment, hearing impairment, and physical disability. In order to cover these groups, three integrated schools were purposively selected for the study. Altogether, 22 participants—head teachers, teachers, students, parents, and members of Disabled People Organization— were purposively selected. In-depth interview guidelines and key informant interview guidelines were used as data collection tools. The obtained data were analyzed and interpreted thematically by using multiple facts and critical views. Children with disabilities were found to be interested in participating in various kinds of physical activities. Children are increasingly attracted to the newest forms of technology. With the exponential development of smartphones and tablets, the use of technology devices has become unavoidable and is now viewed as an integral part of life. Digital technology was found to be one of the main causes of physical inactivity among children with disabilities. The entire group of stakeholders is advised to increase outdoor activities to promote physical fitness and health of children with disabilities.

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Published

2023-12-31

How to Cite

Acharya, Y. P. (2023). Technology Utilization and Physical Engagement Among Children with Disabilities in Nepal. Journal of Health Promotion, 11(1), 104–115. https://doi.org/10.3126/jhp.v11i1.61207

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Original Research Articles