It’s About Ability: Becoming Aware of the Needs of Students with Optical Disabilities

By Elize J Terblanché.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A pilot questionnaire study was done among students with a disability in the Department of Communication Science at Unisa. This paper is presented against the background of challenges faced by adult students with disabilities at an open and distance education institution, and addresses the theoretical foundation and importance of sight and modes of interaction with study material. It reports on findings and highlights challenges faced by both academics and students. Recommendations, based on findings of the pilot study, observation and liaison with students, are made.

Keywords: Access, Accommodation, Assistive Devices, Disability, Educational Technology, Open and Distance Learning, Visual Impairment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.73-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 811.299KB).

Prof. Elize J Terblanché

Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Science, Univerity of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa

I am a professor and module coordinator for COM1501 (Introductory module) and COM306D (Communication research for third-year students) in Communication Science. I have received various accolades for employment, teaching and best paper presented at an international conference, and I am passionate about learning and teaching. My fields of interest include theoretical and research issues in the spheres of education, information and communications technology, interpersonal and organisational communication, brain preferences, and leadership. Having been employed at Unisa in various departments since 1974, I have been responsible for adult teaching and training for more than 25 years. During this time I have researched, developed and presented training manuals and prescribed study material, taught, trained and assessed Unisa staff and post-graduate as well as undergraduate students.

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