"Defining the nature of 'community' is crucial before any analysis can be made of the social systems which function within a community or social group. I would like to explore the definition of what makes up "community" as it relates to its impact on creating or
sustaining a group. In addition, I would like to explore the community of differently abled computer users who look to online society as a world which does not perceive their physical or sensory handicaps. How does that ability to introduce themselves for the first time without an immediate acknowledgement of their handicap impact their ability to relate with others in cyberspace? Does online communication help foster developmental steps in social interactions for these users? Do computer users with disabilities feel empowered by this technology or does prolonged use of cyber-reality create a false sense of social ease. Can differently abled people translate what they learn from cyber-interactions to the real world? Or is there a tendency to "get lost" in the technology and hide behind the blue light of a monitor? What studies have been done which track computer use among the physically disabled and sensory impaired community? How strong is their alliance to this "virtual world?" How do differently abled users and traditional users interact with each other once the disability is revealed, either by meeting or by sharing personal information online. What impact does that have on both parties?"