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ERIC Number: EJ926624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1040-0435
Promoting Participation in Schoolwork: Assistive Technology Use by Children with Physical Disabilities
Murchland, Sonya; Parkyn, Helen
Assistive Technology, v23 n2 p93-105 2011
Assistive technology items are frequently prescribed to assist children with physical disabilities to minimise the barriers they experience in undertaking schoolwork. A range of items are recommended from computers to access systems and specialised software. However, it is not known what the range of items that children with physical disabilities utilize, the patterns of use and perceptions of satisfaction with these items. The aim of this study is to determine the range of assistive technology items used by children with physical disabilities aged 8-18 years for participation in schoolwork. A mailed survey to a convenience sample of 703 children with physical disabilities was undertaken. Questionnaires identified the items of assistive technology in use, and their frequency, source, and location of use and gained ratings of importance and satisfaction. 158 responses (22.5% response rate) gave 130 valid surveys indicating assistive technology use (82.3%). 433 items were reported, 177 text-generating devices, 105 alternative access solutions, and 151 software items to support participation with schoolwork. High levels of importance and satisfaction were reported, with items mostly being used more than once a week. Variations between children with different diagnoses are highlighted. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia