First published in 1985. Information technology can offer huge benefits to the disabled. It can help many disabled people to overcome barriers of time and space and to a much greater extent it can help them to overcome barriers of communication. In that way new information technology offers opportunities to neutralise the worst effects of many kinds of disablement.
This book reviews the possibilities of using information technology in the education of the disabled. Commencing with an assessment of the learning problems faced by disabled people, it goes on to look at the scope of information technology and how it has been used for the education of students of all ages, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. A penultimate section considers most of the contentious issues that faced users of technology, whilst the conclusion devotes itself to the immediate and longer-term future, suggesting possible future trends and the consequent problems that may arise.
Table of Contents
Preface; Part One: Learning Problems of Disabled People; 1. Communication, Learning and Disabled People 2. Learning Problems of Physically-disabled People 3. Learning Problems of Blind and Partially-sighted People 4. Learning Problems of Deaf People 5. Learning Problems of Speech-impaired People; Part Two: New Information Technology for Learning; 6. What is New Information Technology? 7. What Can New Information Technology Do? 8. Devices and Systems; Part Three: Experience in Using the Technology; 9. Experience Among Physically-disabled People 10. Experience Among Blind and Partially-sighted People 11. Experience Among Deaf People 12. Experience Among Speech-impaired People; Part Four: Issues; 13. Educational Issues 14. Social Issue 15. Political Issues 16. Economic Issues 17. Technical Issues; Part Five: The Future; 18. The Next Five Years 19. To AD 2000; References; Index
Professor Tom Vincent MBE had over 20 years experience developing multimedia enabling technologies at the Open University. Received the BBC In-Touch/Blackhall award for a computer-based workstation for blind people. Co-founded the Knowledge Media Institute.