ERIC Number: ED254037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Quality of Life for People with Disablities: Potential Uses of Technology. Policy Analysis Series: Issues Related to Welsch v. Levine, Paper No. 22.
Minnesota State Planning Agency, St. Paul.
The paper describes the current use of technology by persons with disabilities, and examines ways to increase its use. Current use is analyzed for the following aspects: communication (including modified keyboards and adaptive switches), mobility and positioning (including orthotics), independent living (including telecommunications and robotic arms), education (including computer assisted instruction) and employment (including computer access and job site modifications). Major barriers to technology use are noted, including geographical access, lack of information, scarcity of rehabilitation engineers and other professionals trained in disability-related technology, and funding problems. Efforts to solve the three major types of problems related to the use of existing technology (those resulting from lack of knowledge and training regarding technology, lack of access to technology-related services, and funding problems) are considered. Activities to increase awareness of technology through informational materials, workshops and training, resource centers, and information agencies are described. Among approaches noted for problems related to lack of access are outreach efforts and the use of volunteers with specialized training. Funding efforts are considered, including advocacy of policy changes in public and private funding mechanisms. (CL)
Descriptors: Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Assisted Instruction, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Education, Electromechanical Aids, Employment, Financial Policy, Motor Development, Self Care Skills, Systems Development, Technological Advancement, Technology, Technology Transfer, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Planning Agency, St. Paul.
Note: Developed by the Developmental Disabilities Program. Research and publication of this paper were made possible by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.