Peer assistance for personal assistance: Analysis of online discussions about personal assistance from a Swedish web forum for disabled people

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This paper describes and analyses a community of disabled people in Sweden that use an online forum to discuss personal assistance issues. The forum is a community of practice (CoP) that has its roots in everyday living with personal assistance. The contributions to the forum were studied over a 41/2 year period, including a total of 2755 postings from 146 persons. The levels of the CoP learning system were analysed using the FACE tool, which examines function based on attitude, control and enabling. The results indicate that a learning system was established within the CoP that made it possible for disabled people to complement, confront and counterbalance the influences of existing learning systems, theories and methods of professionals in the area of personal assistance.


  • Peter Anderberg
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  • Human Computer Interaction


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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-265
JournalDisability & Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch