Training People with Disabilities in the Use of IT: A Community Case

By Silvia Berenice Fajardo-Flores and Juan Contreras-Castillo.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Access to information and related technologies is still limited for disabled people across Mexico, especially for those with basic literacy. This paper describes the implementation of a training course in the use of the computer for people with disabilities (PWD), aimed to equip them with basic skills that will allow them in the near future to manage a computer lab for the benefit of their community. Five participants received training during 16 sessions of approximately two hours each, during which they learned the basics of the Windows Operating System and Microsoft Word. Technical adaptations and strategies for people with motor disabilities and visual impairment are described, as well as issues regarding the use of the computer related to disability. Results show that the use of accessibility options aided significantly participants with motor disability; however, they had problems related to the lack of precision using the mouse.

Keywords: Disability, Information Technology, Training

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.577-582. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.234MB).

Silvia Berenice Fajardo-Flores

Full-Time Teacher, Faculty of Telematics, University of Colima, Colima, Colima, Mexico

Silvia worked as an educational software developer for ten years at the Centre for the Production of Educational Materials (CEUPROMED) at the University of Colima, Mexico, and she is lecturer in the Faculty of Telematics. Her research interests are interaction design, accessibility and information technology applied to education, and she is currently doing research on accessibility for the blind.

Juan Contreras-Castillo

Full-time teacher, Faculty of Telematics, University of Colima, Colima, Colima, Mexico

Juan Contreras-Castillo is a Full time professor at the University of Colima and current Director at the Department of Lifelong and Distance Learning in the Autonomous University of the Mexican State. He obtained his BA in Computer systems from the School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Colima in México and his Master and PhD. in Electronics and Telecommunications in the Research and Education Center in Ensenada Baja California in México. His academic experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and research in educational technology, distance learning and mobile computing to support the teaching and learning process.

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