ERIC Number: ED439535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
What Are the Barriers to the Use of Advanced Telecommunications for Students with Disabilities in Public Schools? NCES Issue Brief.
Heaviside, Sheila; Rowand, Cassandra; Hurst, David; McArthur, Edith
This brief paper summarizes findings of a 1996 national survey of approximately 1,000 school administrators about the use of advanced telecommunications in their schools. One question asked administrators to report the extent to which five barriers hindered the use of advanced telecommunications by students with disabilities. Findings indicated that students with disabilities were equally likely as those without disabilities to have access to the Internet. Insufficiently trained special education teachers was the most frequently cited moderate or major barrier (47 percent) to the use of advanced telecommunications by students with disabilities. Fewer public schools cited a lack of computers available to students with disabilities (34 percent), not having enough computers with alternative input/output devices for student with disabilities (38 percent), and inadequate evaluation and support services to meet the special technology needs of these students. Three tables provide data on: (1) the percent of students with access to the Internet by disability status; (2) the percent of schools indicating specific barriers to use of telecommunications by school characteristics; and (3) the extent of lack of teacher training as a barrier to telecommunications usage. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Accessibility (for Disabled), Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Knowledge Level, National Surveys, Public Schools, Special Education Teachers, Staff Development, Staff Role, Teacher Education, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, World Wide Web
National Center for Education Statistics. Tel: 877-433-7827. Web site: http://nces.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.