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ERIC Number: ED433626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 16
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Computer and Information Technologies: Student and Service Provider Perspectives.
Fichten, Catherine S.; Barile, Maria; Asuncion, Jennison; Judd, Darlene; Alapin, Iris; Lavers, Jason; Havel, Alice; Wolforth, Joan
This presentation discusses the outcomes of a project that investigated the computer, information, and learning and adaptive technology needs and concerns of Canadian postsecondary students with disabilities. A series of four focus groups involving 33 students with disabilities and 25 service providers was held. The study found: (1) colleges have a larger proportion of students with disabilities than universities; (2) students who are blind have the largest array of technologies at their disposal; (3) service providers in increasing numbers are using the Internet as a means of getting information about equipment and adaptations for students and they are primarily teaching themselves how to use the equipment; (4) there is an even split between institutions that keep their adaptive technologies in one central location and those that decentralize their equipment; (5) about half of all institutions had a loan program; (6) over 80 percent of institutions indicated weekend and evening access to adapted equipment; and (7) while all institutions had access to the Internet, only half had adapted computers with Internet access. The paper includes information on students' preferences for computer access and the types of assistive devices used to enhance accessibility. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada