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Technology Use by Adults with Learning Disabilities
Past, Present and Future Design and Support Practices




ISBN 9780367753573
Published May 18, 2022 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the role that technologies play in the lives of adults with learning disabilities. It analyses how design and support practices can be used to support access to technology in ways that can enhance opportunities and life experiences.

Drawing on international literature and the author’s own research, the book considers what we know about past and present practices of supporting adults with learning disabilities to use technologies. It outlines how support practices can offer opportunities to overcome digital inequalities, offering a framework of core beliefs and knowledge that can inform future initiatives. The book has a particular focus on technologies, policies, practitioner communities and the characteristics of support practice. It also highlights the potential of people with learning disabilities, the potential of technology and the potential of the environment to support technology use.

This important book will be highly relevant reading for academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the field of special educational needs and disabilities, digital education and learning technologies, inclusive education and social work.

Table of Contents

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Preface- Exploring the past, present and future of technology use by adults with learning disabilities: A personal perspective

 

  1. Taking stock of past and present practice
  2. Introduction

    Scoping definitions and terms

    My approach to writing the book

    Central themes of the book

    References

  3. A framework for examining how adults with learning disabilities are supported to use technologies
  4. Introduction

    A methodological framework

    Positive risk-taking as a framework for understanding support practice

    Conclusion

    References

  5. Exploring narratives of potential: From the perspective of adults with learning disabilities
  6. Introduction

    Giving voice to the technology experiences of people with learning disabilities

    Stories of potential

    Celebrating the technology-related achievements of people with learning disabilities

    People with learning disabilities can develop agency, through appropriate support

    Conclusion

    References

  7. Technologies of the past: Mixed blessings
  8. Introduction

    Technology as a burden or an asset

    Technologies as mainstream or specialist

    Technology as a panacea or a tool

    Technologies as meaningful or inappropriate for adults with learning disabilities

    Conclusion

    Notes

    References

  9. Building networks and creating gaps: Past policy initiatives
  10. Introduction

    Policy relating to children and young people

    Policy relating to adults

    Conclusion

    Notes

    References

  11. Support networks of the past: A constellation of communities of practice
  12. Introduction

    Seeking connections between the child-focused and adult-focused practitioner communities

    Boundary objects as sources of connection between child-focused and adult-focused communities

    Brokering as sources of connection between child-focused and adult-focused communities

    Boundary encounters beyond the child-focused community

    Conclusion

    Note

    References

7. Mapping the characteristics of past support practice

    Introduction

    The absence of shared decision-making and risk management in past support practice

    Creativity as a cornerstone of past support practice

    Enablers of creative practice

    The longevity and sustainability of creative practices of the past

    Conclusion

    Notes

    References

8. Technologies of the present: New design imperatives

    Introduction

    Designing for hope or fear

    Designing for everyone or designing for difference

    Designing through user involvement

    Conclusion

    References

9. Navigating the causes of digital inequalities: Present policy and legislative initiatives

    Introduction

    Cost related causes of digital inequalities

    Technology-related causes of digital inequalities

    Environment-related causes of digital inequalities

    Conclusion

    Notes

    References

10. Support networks of the present: A conflict of enterprises?

    Introduction

    Scoping the different communities of practice that form a network of support for adults with learning disabilities

    Shared enterprises

    Conflicting enterprises

    Sources of connection between communities

    Conclusion

    References

11. Mapping characteristics of present support practice

           Introduction

           The persistence of creativity in current support practice

           Risk management

           Shared decision-making

           Resilience

           Influences on support practice

           Conclusion

           References

12.    Charting a course to a future practice

           Introduction

          What should future support practice look like?

           How do we develop practices that support adults with learning disabilities to access and use technologies?

           Conclusions

Notes

            References

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Jane Seale is a Professor of Education at the Open University in the UK. Her research interests lie at the intersections between disability, technology and inclusion. One particular focus of her work is the development and evaluation of methods that promote voice and empowerment for adults with learning disabilities.