ICT-related skills and needs of blind and visually impaired people

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Puffelen, Carolina van (2009) ICT-related skills and needs of blind and visually impaired people. ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing (93). pp. 44-48. ISSN 1558-2337

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Abstract:This study focuses on the relationship between the ICT-related training offered to blind and
visually impaired people and their actual, self-reported and demonstrated, competencies
for online activities and information processing. The findings of the study can shed light on
how people with severe visual disabilities are prepared to access the web for educational,
institutional and social participation. The study also gives insight in the validity of instruments
to measure ICT-linked skills for the target group and creates an empirical foundation for
improvements of ICT-related training. The first phase of the study investigated how blind
and visually impaired people perceive their participation in society through ICT. An
extensive interview showed how this audience perceives the frequency and quality of their
Internet use (or absence thereof) and how they acquired these skills.
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Copyright:© 2009 ACM
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/76964
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1531930.1531937
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