The Role of the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Procuring Technology to Facilitate Success in Postsecondary Education for Youth with DisabilitiesBy Lamb, Peg; Journal of Special Education Technology, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 53-62
Publication Date: Fall 2003
Article examines the specific role of the rehabilitation counselor in procuring technology for students with disabilities. Access to electronic and information technology has the capability to facilitate positive postsecondary educational and career outcomes for students with disabilities, thereby strengthening the possibility of their entrance into skill-orientated occupations. This amounts to a need for strong transition programs and practices to address the issues of postsecondary education and services, including mainstream computer-based technology and assistive technology. Assistive technology includes specialized hardware and software that is designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities. For most students, the technology involves desktop or laptop computers with specialized software to accommodate reading and writing difficulties; in other instances Palm Pilots and a specialized keyboards are employed. Assuring access and appropriate use of these devices requires the commitment and involvement of the students, parents, policy-makers, educators, and the rehabilitation counselor.
Published by: Exceptional Innovations (Website:http://www.exinn.net)
Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (Web Site: http://www.tamcec.org )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J47130