ERIC Number: ED457605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Technologies for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities. Adaptech Project = Technologies Informatiques pour les Etudiants ayant des Incapacites au Postsecondaire. Project Adaptech.
Fossey, Myrtis-Eirene; Fichten, Catherine S.; Barile, Maria; Asuncion, Jennison V.
In 1999, a survey was conducted of almost 800 university students with different disabilities across Canada to investigate what computer equipment students used and wanted, how they financed their computer technologies, and why they failed to take advantage of government subsidy programs. Results from the survey indicate many students did not know about the types of computer technologies that could be helpful to them or about available subsidy programs. This English/French language guide is designed to provide information about the types of computer technologies and financial aid that exist. It begins by describing specific findings from the survey that found 41 percent of students needed special adaptations to use a computer effectively, but that only a little more than half of them actually used the accommodations. When asked why they did not use needed adaptations, the overwhelming response was that those cost too much to buy and maintain. The guide lists funding sources for adaptive, computer, and information technologies and then describes the types of computer technologies which students with different disabilities found helpful. Adaptations are provided for students who are blind, have low vision, have hearing impairments, have learning disabilities, and who have mobility impairments. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), College Students, Computers, Disabilities, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Hearing Impairments, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Visual Impairments
Adaptech Project, Dawson College, 3040 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec H32 1A4, Canada. Tel: 514-931-8731; Fax: 514-931-3567; Web site: http://omega.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/adaptech.
Publication Type: Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dawson Coll., Montreal (Quebec).
Identifiers - Location: Canada