The Internet has improved the quality of life of people with disabilities.
A recent Harris Poll survey of individuals with disabilities noted that 48 percent of computer users with disabilities say the Internet has significantly improved their quality of life. For those who have access to or can afford a computer, the Internet helped counter the social isolation they experienced. In the same survey, almost half of the respondents felt they were distanced from the communities where they lived. The chief reasons for isolation cited included the costs of participation, and a lack of outreach and encouragement from community groups.