ERIC Number: EJ804823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
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""Moby-Dick" Is My Favorite:" Evaluating a Cognitively Accessible Portable Reading System for Audiobooks for Individuals with Intellectual Disability
Davies, Daniel K.; Stock, Steven E.; King, Larry R.; Wehmeyer, Michael L.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n4 p290-298 Aug 2008
Significant barriers exist for individuals with intellectual disability to independently access print-based content. It is regrettable that, while the amount of content now available electronically increases, tools to access these materials have not been developed with individuals with intellectual disability in mind. This article reports the results of research evaluating the use of a palmtop PC-based application designed to enable individuals with intellectual disability to access electronic books and documents. Participants with intellectual disability were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups, each group differing in the type of audio player used. Participants who used the specially designed reader made significantly fewer errors accessing electronic books and required significantly fewer prompts than did participants using either of 2 mainstream audiobook readers.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Special Needs Students, Assistive Technology, Accessibility (for Disabled), Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Electronic Publishing, Audio Equipment, Reading Research, Developmental Disabilities, Information Technology
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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