ERIC Number: ED316984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-16
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Access for Arkansans. Think People...Think Technology.
VanBiervliet, Alan; Parette, Phil
Activities of the Technology Access for Arkansans (TAARK) project have focused on: (1) identifying the need and quality of technology provisions in the state; (2) disseminating information about appropriate technology and funding; (3) educating Arkansans about technology and advocacy; (4) developing a coordinated state plan; and (5) providing technical assistance to the Governor's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. This paper summarizes activities of the Coordinated Planning Committee including analysis of 2,136 consumer surveys which indicated that more than half of the disabled respondents needed more information regarding assistive devices and services and most spent less than $1,000 per year for technology devices and services. A concomitant survey of 444 Arkansas rehabilitation professionals indicated professionals, too, felt a need for more information with 67% reporting they had received insufficient training in the area of technology and persons with disabilities. A Consumer Advisory Committee was also established with such goals as establishment of an information system, physically and programmatically accessible to all Arkansans. Finally, a proposal reflecting multi-agency and consumer involvement was prepared that delineated nine goals to address the priorities of the Consumer Committee. Screen displays used in the original presentation are attached. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Little Rock.; Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. University-Affiliated Program.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. Center for Research on Teaching and Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas