Community networks: Infrastructure and models for therapeutic support

John M. Carroll, Mary Beth Rosson

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The authors present a socio-technical design that illustrates how a community network health intervention can mobilize human resources across social boundaries and enhance health and well-being for people on both sides of the boundary. They specifically address how to reduce the barriers to social engagement experienced by autistic individuals who want more supportive life opportunities. The authors focus on the social milieu of an American college town, on traditional town-gown boundaries, and on possibilities for integrating social resources within this context. Their design adopts community networking to not only connect autistic persons living within an existing social milieu (university undergraduates; local autistic children and their families), but also to integrate individuals across milieus. The key design idea is that facilitating cross-milieu interactions can initiate and sustain a virtuous cycle of being helped by helping others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on ICTs for Human-Centered Healthcare and Social Care Services
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781466639867
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine


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