Computer Use by Students with Disabilities Perceived Advantages, Problems and Solutions

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5

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22
Ferraro, Vittoria
Fichten, Catherine S.
Barile, Maria

Forty-four CEGEP students with various disabilities (30 from Francophone and 14 from Anglophone public colleges) were surveyed about their use of computer and information technologies. We evaluated the advantages they perceived, the problems they encountered and their solutions. Because over ? of the participants from both Anglophone and Francophone colleges had a learning disability, it was not surprising to find that software to improve the quality of written work was the computer adaptation most commonly used by the whole sample and especially by students with learning disabilities. The most frequently reported advantage was related to the use of spelling and grammar checking software. Problems and solutions revealed that both the lack of availability of computer and information technologies and difficulties with these were most often cited; and these problems often remained unresolved or were resolved by the student having to devote extra time and effort. Recommendations include increasing the availability of needed computer technologies and training students in their use.

The AQPC acknowledges the financial support, in 2014-2015, of the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage, Canada Periodical Fund, Business Innovation component.

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