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Assistive technology use amongst students with visual impairments and their teachers: Barriers and challenges in special education
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Research Brief;12-005;
Assistive technologies (AT) enable individuals who are visually impaired to read and write, access information and enhance communication. This study investigated the use of AT by students with visual impairments and their teachers in a special school. While teachers unequivocally recognized the benefits of AT, there were significant gaps and disconnections in AT knowledge and skills amongst teachers. For students, a majority were not using nor had much knowledge of AT. While the school had made some efforts to introduce AT, the experience of students was limited as inconsistencies in use of and access to AT were dependent on teachers' skills and the availability of equipment. Parents, siblings, friends and peers, and other social networks emerged as important sources of influence.
This brief was based on the project OER 16/08 WME: From Beliefs to Practice: Students with Visual Impairments, Teachers and Their Perspectives on Assistive Technology
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