ERIC Number: EJ1034457
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Publication Date: 2014-Jul
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Technology Use among Adults Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A National Survey
Maiorana-Basas, Michella; Pagliaro, Claudia M.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v19 n3 p400-410 Jul 2014
As society becomes increasingly more dependent on technology, information regarding the use, preference, and accessibility of commonly used devices and services among individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) is crucial. Developing technologies that are functional and appropriately accessible allows persons who are DHH to fully participate in society, education, and business while also providing opportunities for personal and professional advancement. Although a few international studies have addressed the technology use of individuals who are DHH, none exist that focus on the needs, preferences, and accessibility of current Internet- and mobile-based technologies. Consequently, a national survey was conducted in the United States to determine the preference, frequency of use, and accessibility of various technologies (hardware, software, websites) by adults who are DHH and living in the United States. Findings indicate frequent use of smartphones and personal computers, specifically for text-based communication and web surfing, and little use of Teletypewriter/Telecommunications Device for the Deaf. Website feature preferences include pictures and text, and captions over signed translations. Some results varied by demographics.
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Adults, Assistive Technology, National Surveys, Internet, Telecommunications, Web Sites, Computer Software, Laptop Computers, Handheld Devices
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