ERIC Number: EJ959162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Family Members' Reports of the Technology Use of Family Members with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Palmer, S. B.; Wehmeyer, M. L.; Davies, D. K.; Stock, S. E.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v56 n4 p402-414 Apr 2012
Background: A nationwide survey of family members of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ranging in age from birth through adulthood was conducted to replicate a similar effort by Wehmeyer and update the knowledge base concerning technology use by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Method: Survey responses provided information about use of technology for mobility, hearing and vision, communication, independent living, and in the area of computer use. In addition, survey items queried the use of electronic and information technology devices such as use of email, mobile telephones and digital cameras. Results: Survey results showed that although the use of computers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is more prevalent, other technology use frequency is much the same as in the late 1990s. However, technology needs did vary among school-age individuals over time. Conclusion: Implications of results for technology use of people with disabilities are discussed through the lens of frequency of use and needs for individuals with disabilities.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, National Surveys, Computer Use, Assistive Technology, Mobility, Hearing (Physiology), Vision, Communication (Thought Transfer), Independent Living, Telecommunications, Electronic Mail, Information Technology
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