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Title: School, family and other influences on assistive technology use: Access and challenges for students with visual impairment in Singapore
Authors: Wong, Meng Ee
Cohen, Libby
Issue Date: May-2011
Citation: Wong, M. E., & Cohen, L. (2011). School, family and other influences on assistive technology use: Access and challenges for students with visual impairment in Singapore. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 29(2), 130-144.
Abstract: Assistive technologies are necessary enablers for individuals with visual impairments. For a technologically-advanced country such as Singapore, students with visual impairments are not fully participating in this technological society. This study investigates the barriers and challenges to the use of assistive technologies with students with visual impairments in Singapore from a special school context. Findings reveal limited content knowledge amongst teachers in assistive technology resulting in inconsistencies and inadequacies in delivery of instruction. Students also display mixed range of abilities from little to basic knowledge. Where formal channels fail to impart knowledge, family and external influences feature as important contributors to skill acquisition in assistive technology. Yet family are not always knowledgeable on issues of technology and accessibility. Evidence highlight an urgent need to equip teachers with training in assistive technology as well as strengthening collaboration between school and stakeholders.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/13922
ISSN: 0264-6196 (Print)
1744-5809 (Online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1177/0264619611402759
Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0264619611402759
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