Cultural Dimensions of Assistive Technology: What We Know and What's AheadBy Parette, Phil; Hourcade, Jack; Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children,
Publication Date: 2003
Paper focuses on the cultural dimensions of assistive technology (AT) for families of students with disabilities. Goals and potential outcomes when working with families across cultures are identified, including the immediate benefits of AT, changes in children’s level of functioning, acceptance in the community, immediate and ongoing access to AT, peer support, and ability to use other devices. Guidelines for AT professionals working with families include recognizing universal, culturally specific, and individual principles and styles of learning and modifying educational approaches from child learning to adult learning strategies. The use of information and educational technologies in the family training process is addressed, as the uses of technologies such as CD-ROMs, web sites, or e-mail programs can often supplement or even replace face-to-face training. This paper was presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children in Seattle, Washington.
Published by: Council for Exceptional Children (Website:http://www.cec.sped.org)