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Adoption of assistive technology for computer access among college students with disabilities
Goodman, Glenn; Tiene, Drew; Luft, Pamela
Disability and Rehabilitation, 2002, Volume 24 (Number 1-3), Seite 80-92, London: Informa Healthcare, ISSN: 0963-8288 (Print); 1464-5165 (Online)
Fourteen college students with disabilities identified factors that influenced them to adopt or reject Assistive Technology (AT) for the personal computer in order to assess the effectiveness of a college course on adapted computer use.
Forty-eight items were developed for a Q sort to represent both positive and negative statements in each of the three areas of Scherer's' model (milieu, person and technology). The model was modified to include specific statements about the training experience. A series of three interviews were administered to the students during the year following completion of the class.
Factor analysis of the Q sorts indicated that the participants had a unanimously positive experience. Three factors ('a positive experience', 'I'm
OK, you' re not OK', and 'support') emerged from the Q sort analysis. The training programme, the technology provided, and the characteristics of the individuals in the class all seemed to contribute to the success of the experience. Seventy-five percent of the students who took the class adopted at least some of the AT a year later.
This study supports the need for specific training programmes and course work for college students with disabilities who are interested in improving computer access skills.
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