Application of Computer Simulation to Teach ATM Access to Individuals with Intellectual DisabilitiesBy Davies, Daniel K.; Stock, Steven E.; Wehmeyer, Michael L.; Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 451-456
Publication Date: December 2003
Study investigates the use of ATM-SIM, which is a computer-based trainer used to teach individuals with intellectual disabilities how to use an automatic teller machine (ATM) to access their personal bank accounts. The program provides step-by-step instructions for learning how to use an ATM. Each step in the process, from entering the ATM card, keying in an access code, selecting the desired transaction, and completing the transaction is simulated on a computer and presented to the user with systematic visual and audio cues. Users can interact with the ATM-SIM system using a touch screen similar to the actual operation of an authentic ATM. In a pilot evaluation, nine adults with intellectual disabilities were taught how to use an ATM by using ATM-SIM. After a brief training period, participants were tested on their capacity to operate an actual ATM. Results demonstrated that computer simulation can be used effectively to teach a specific independent living skill to adults with intellectual disabilities. The potential for electronic and information technology in promoting community inclusion is discussed.
Published by: Council for Exceptional Children (Website:http://www.cec.sped.org)
Division on Developmental Disabilities (DDD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (Web Site: http://www.dddcec.org )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J46855