ERIC Number: ED342180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Telecommunication Technologies To Deliver Assistive Technology Services. RESNA Technical Assistance Project.
This paper provides basic information about telecommunication technologies that can be used to deliver training, education, public awareness activities, and other assistive-technology related services to individuals with disabilities in distant locations. The review of current and viable telecommunication technologies is accompanied by examples of effective partnerships and networking that can be replicated or adapted by service providers and consumers. In some cases, the telecommunication technology is the technology-related assistance itself; in other situations, telecommunications is the vehicle carrying the information and training needed to enhance the delivery of technology-related assistance to individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers. Technologies discussed include cable television, satellite television, teleconferencing, interactive television, fiber optics, microwave and instructional television fixed service (ITFS), computer-based applications, and combinations of these media. The paper also discusses the planning process for using distance learning technologies, the cost of telecommunication technology, and sources of cooperation. A case study is offered of the Maine Consumer Information and Technology Training Exchange, a project funded under the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988. The project uses interactive television to provide training and public awareness on assistive technology to persons with disabilities and service providers. A glossary and a list of 11 references conclude the paper. (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Case Studies, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Networks, Information Technology, Interactive Video, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Rehabilitation, Rural Areas, Teamwork, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Washington, DC.