Is there communication? Access to information by persons with disabilities in Serbia

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Dejan Masliković
Bojan Tomić


Persons with disabilities often face barriers that hinder their ability to access information effectively. This study presents results of a survey which was conducted in the second half of 2022, on the topic of the accessibility of information for persons with disabilities in Serbia, as well as their means of communication. A convenience sample of 111 individuals with physical and/or sensory disabilities, with basic digital literacy, aged 18 to 59, was surveyed through the mediation of associations of persons with disabilities. The findings reveal the usage patterns, preferences, and challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in accessing information. It has been found that the internet (99.10%), social networks (91.89%), and specialized platforms (79.28%) are prominent sources of information. Although specialized applications for communication and telephone communication are widely used, personal contact communication (96.40% very often or often) is still the prevalent method of communication. Public institutions and state authorities are perceived as inadequately adapted to the needs of individuals with disabilities. The findings underscore the need for continued efforts to improve accessibility infrastructure and implement inclusive design principles to bridge the information gap for individuals with disabilities in Serbia.


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Masliković, D., & Tomić, B. (2024). Is there communication? Access to information by persons with disabilities in Serbia. Stanovnistvo, 62(1), 153–166.
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Dejan Masliković, Institute for Social Science, Belgrade (Serbia)

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Bojan Tomić, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Belgrade (Serbia)

Research Associate


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