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ERIC Number: EJ789140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1547-0350
Application of Computer Simulation to Teach ATM Access to Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Davies, Daniel K.; Stock, Steven E.; Wehmeyer, Michael L.
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v38 n4 p451-456 Dec 2003
This study investigates use of computer simulation for teaching ATM use to adults with intellectual disabilities. ATM-SIM is a computer-based trainer used for teaching individuals with intellectual disabilities how to use an automated teller machine (ATM) to access their personal bank accounts. In the pilot evaluation, a prototype system was developed and used to train nine adults with intellectual disabilities how to use a local ATM. Participants were pre-tested on their ability to use an ATM and then were trained using the ATM-SIM prototype. After a brief training period, participants were again tested on their capacity to operate the actual ATM. Results demonstrate preliminary evidence that computer simulation can be used effectively to teach a specific independent living skill to adults with mental retardation. Participants required significantly fewer help prompts and made fewer errors when operating the real ATM after ATM-SIM training. Potential for electronic and information technologies to promote community inclusion was discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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