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Reference for Intellectual Disability and Computers

From: Katherine Deibel <katherine.deibel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 08:52:17 -0700
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Making the computer accessible to mentally retarded adults
Gretchen L. Robertson and Deborah Hix
Communications of the ACM
Volume 45 Issue 4, April 2002
Pages 171-183
ACM New York, NY, USA

Little research has been conducted on how to teach computer skills to 
developmentally disabled adults. A head counselor at a home for mentally 
retarded adults, who served as the inspiration for this article, was an 
enthusiastic personal computer user who tried to share computer 
instruction with home residents. Efforts at using commercial 
applications designed for young children were unsuccessful. Residents 
briefly watched the counselor use the applications, then lost interest. 
Staff members had neither the time nor the user interface background to 
investigate which applications and user interaction design factors might 
make computers accessible to home residents. In this article, we 
describe our empirical investigation of computer use among moderately 
developmentally disabled individuals. We investigated the input devices 
preferred, and the user interaction design issues to be considered when 
designing or selecting applications for this population.


Kate Deibel, PhD

URL:      http://staff.washington.edu/deibel


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