ERIC Number: ED431099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Shared Responsibility for Training Adults with Disabilities To Access Information through Technology: A Library's Experience.
Holt, Cindi; Hole, Wanda Clements
Libraries that have assistive technology can help adult educators meet the information access needs of adult learners with disabilities. For example, the Special Needs Center at the Burton Barr Phoenix Public Library has been providing services to individuals with disabilities for more than 18 years. The Special Needs Center's services include providing technology resources, building community, and training. Technology resources include hardware and software solutions that enable persons with a broad range of disabilities to access library resources. Community involvement enables the Special Needs Center to keep up with the changing needs of individuals with disabilities, acquire the latest technology, and design the necessary training. Training, which is a major part of the center's service, includes ongoing technology training for persons with disabilities as well as for professionals who work with persons who are disabled. The example of the Special Needs Center illustrates ways in which adult educators can use a library's resources to meet the needs of adult learners with disabilities. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Adults, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Information Needs, Information Services, Information Utilization, Library Extension, Library Role, Program Implementation, Public Libraries, Users (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Phoenix, AZ, November 18-22, 1998).