The Use of TYZE.com to Enhance Social Inclusion for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
A report evaluating the use of the TYZE.com website by families who had teens and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. TYZE.com was evaluated for its usefulness in connecting and enhancing the social network of young people. The Arc Greater Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Minnesota) sent surveys to 22 families who were introduced to the site. Nine families responded, in focus groups, phone interviews, and email surveys. Most families found the technical aspects and site interface too challenging, especially after site ownership and design changed. There were also issues of insufficient technical assistance and training, and confusion about the site administrator role. For those who used TYZE, the site was useful for the young person to stay in more frequent contact and communication with their friends and family members about what was happening in their lives, but TYZE did not help expand their social network.