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ERIC Number: EJ812647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Inclusion and the Internet: Teaching Adults with Developmental Disabilities to Use Information and Communication Technology
Moisey, Susan; van de Keere, Rhonda
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v35 n1-2 p72-102 2007
Adults with developmental disabilities are often excluded from participating in a variety of online activities, which are part of everyday life in our digital, knowledge-based society, using information and communication technology (ICT). Numerous barriers are associated with their non-participation, including a lack of basic computer and Internet skills. In recognition of these limitations, 11 adults with developmental disabilities were provided with individualized training and assistive technology in order to learn how to use e-mail and access web-based informational resources. The outcomes revealed that the subjects gained basic ICT skills while engaging in recreational online activities, and that appropriate assistive technologies (voice e-mail and text-to-speech software) compensated for low literacy skills. The study contributes to the scarce literature on online inclusion, offers protocols for teaching e-mail and Internet searching, and advocates for the further inclusion of adults with developmental disabilities into the "global community" where ICT can be a life-enhancing and even a life-altering tool. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A