Assistive technology devices in educational settings: Student's perspective. In Assistive technology from adapted equipment to inclusive environments
2009 (English)In: Assistive technology research series, ISSN 1383-813X, Vol. 25, 619-621 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study investigates use and non-use of assistive technology devices in school from the students' perspective. Specifically, the characteristics of the devices students want to use were examined, as these devices are likely to support school participation. Data collection included a) field observations and interviews with 20 students with disabilities, aged 10-19 years, and their teachers (n=17) and, b) examination of the number and type of assistive technology devices provided. Findings demonstrated it is essential that devices be integrated into classroom activities and that students experience instant benefits for their function in school without negative effects on their social participation with peers if they are to use the devices provided. Social participation was often prioritized by students. Thus, it is important providers understand that students encompass both a functional and a psycho-social perspective to their devices. Furthermore, to facilitate childrens participation in decision-making about possible assistive technology devices they need both verbal information and practical experience of using the devices.
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2009. Vol. 25, 619-621 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59660DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-042-1-619OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-59660DiVA: diva2:352965