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ERIC Number: EJ843509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Communication and Empowerment: A Place for Rich and Multiple Media?
Bunning, Karen; Heath, Becky; Minnion, Andy
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n4 p370-379 Jul 2009
Background: Project @pple (Access & Participation for People with intellectual disability in Learning Environments) was about exploring the terms on which young people with intellectual disability access and participate with e-Learning and the Web. The current study is one of a number of related studies. It explores the culture of information and communication technology (ICT) and the potential to support communication and empowerment. Materials and Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 20 young people with intellectual disability. The interviews involved a low-technology, augmentative communication method called Talking Mats (Murphy & Cameron 2002). Findings: Information and communication technology and rich and multiple media featured in the participants' narratives and contributed to self-concept and inclusive communication. Positive value was attributed to ICT options by many, although some difficulties were expressed with regard to operational aspects of the technology. Conclusions: The lives of young people with intellectual disability provide a fertile culture for developments in this area, offering some new opportunities for communication and empowerment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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