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  • DOCUMENT RESUME

    ED 458 733 EC 308 679

    AUTHOR Fichten, Catherine S.; Asuncion, Jennison V.; Barile, MariaTITLE Computer and Information Technologies: Resources for the

    Postsecondary Education of Students with Disabilities. FinalReport to the Office of Learning Technologies.

    INSTITUTION Dawson Coll., Montreal (Quebec).SPONS AGENCY Human Resources Development Canada, Hull (Quebec). Office of

    Learning Technologies.; Social Sciences and HumanitiesResearch Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).

    ISBN ISBN-2-9803316-8-6PUB DATE 2001-00-00NOTE 149p.; Adaptech Project collaborators were Chantal

    Robillard, Myrtis E. Fossey, Darlene Judd, Jean-PierreGuimont, Ray Tam, and Daniel Lamb. Project partners wereCanadian Association of Disability Service Providers inPost-Secondary Education, Service d'aide a l'integration deseleves, le Services aux etudiants handicapes du Cegep deSainte-Foy, the Association quebecoise des etudiants ayantdes incapacites au postsecondaire, and National EducationalAssociation of Disabled Students. Also supported by EvNet,Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l'aide a larecherche, Office des personnes handicapees du Quebec, andle Comite d'adaptation de la main-d'oeuvre pour personneshandicapees.

    AVAILABLE FROM Adaptech Project, Dawson College, 3040 Sherbrooke St. West,Montreal, Quebec H3Z 1A4. Tel: 514-931-8731; Fax:514-931-3567. For full text:http://www.omega.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/adaptech.

    PUB TYPE Reports Research (143) Tests/Questionnaires (160)LANGUAGE French, EnglishEDRS PRICE MF01/PC06 Plus Postage.DESCRIPTORS *Accessibility (for Disabled); *Assistive Devices (for

    Disabled); Bilingualism; College Students; CommunityColleges; *Computer Uses in Education; Computers;*Disabilities; Foreign Countries; French; French Canadians;Higher Education; *Staff Development; *Student PersonnelServices

    IDENTIFIERS Canada

    ABSTRACTThis report presents results of a study that investigated

    the views and concerns about computer and adaptive computer technologies of156 Canadian postsecondary disability providers. Findings indicate: (1)two-thirds of disability service providers are women and have an average of 9to 10 years of experience providing disability related service to students;(2) participants admitted to not being very knowledgeable about computertechnologies used by students with disabilities, with French speakingdisability service providers rating themselves as less knowledgeable thantheir English speaking counterparts; (3) junior/community colleges hadsubstantially lower overall enrollment than universities, although they hadsimilar numbers of students with disabilities registered to receivedisability related services; (4) in general, computer related servicesconstituted a moderately important priority within the full range of services

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  • offered to students with disabilities and most institutions had some adaptivetechnologies for these students on campus; and (5) participants indicatedthat computer related needs of students with disabilities are moderately wellmet at their institutions. The report discusses factors deemed important inensuring that instructions are technologically welcoming to students withdisabilities and that recommendations are easy to follow for individualsresponsible for providing services to students with disabilities. A CD-ROM isincluded. (Contains 113 references.) (CR)

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    DAWSONU.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

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    Computer and Information Technologies:Resources for the PostsecondaryEducation Of Students With Disabilities

    Final Report to the Office of Learning TechnologiesFall 2001

    Investigators

    Catherine S. Fichten, Ph.D.Adaptech Project and Department of Psychology Dawson College

    Department of Psychiatry - SMBD Jewish General Hospital

    Department of Psychiatry McGill University

    Jennison V. Asuncion, MA.Adaptech Project - Dawson College

    Educational Technology - Concordia University

    National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

    Maria Barb, M.S.W.Adaptech Project Dawson College

    Collaborators

    Chantal Robillard, M.A., Myrtis E. Fossey, B.A., Darlene Judd, D.E.C.,

    Jean-Pierre Guimont, M.Ed., Ray Tam, B.F.A., Daniel Lamb, B.A.

    Partner Representatives

    Christian Gnreux, BA.

    Jean-Charles Juhel, M.Ed.

    Joanne Seneca!, B.A.

    Joan Wolforth, D.Ed.

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    Association quebecoise des tudiants ayant des

    incapacits au postsecondaire (AQEIPS)

    Le Services aux tudiants handicaps du Cagep

    de Sainte-Foy

    Service d'Aide a I' Intgration Des Elves (SAIDE)

    Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in

    Post-Secondary Education (CADSPPE)

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  • Computer and Information Technologies:Resources for the PostsecondaryEducation Of Students With Disabilities

    Final Report to the Office of Learning TechnologiesFall 2001

    ISBN 2-9803316-8-6

    Investigators

    Catherine S. Fichten, Ph.D.Adaptech Project and Department of Psychology - Dawson College

    Department of Psychiatry SMBD Jewish General Hospital

    Department of Psychiatry - McGill University

    Jennison V. Asuncion, MA.Adaptech Project Dawson College

    Educational Technology - Concordia University

    National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

    Maria Bari le, M.S.W.Adaptech Project Dawson College

    Collaborators

    Chantal Robillard, M.A., Myrtis E. Fossey, B.A., Darlene Judd, D.E.C.,

    Jean-Pierre Guimont, M.Ed., Ray Tam, B.F.A., Daniel Lamb, B.A.

    Partner Representatives

    Christian Gnreux, BA.

    Jean-Charles Juhel, M.Ed.

    Joanne Sencal, BA.

    Joan Wolforth, D.Ed.

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    Association quebcoise des tudiants ayant des

    incapacits au postsecondaire (AQEIPS)

    Le Services aux tudiants handicaps du Cagep

    de Sainte-Foy

    Service d'Aide a l'Integration Des Elves (SAIDE)

    Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in

    Post-Secondary Education (CADSPPE)

  • CONTENTS

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 5

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 7

    ABSTRACT 7

    OBJECTIVES 8

    METHODOLOGY 8

    FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS 9

    RECOMMENDATIONS 11

    CONTACT INFORMATION 12

    SOMMAIRE 13

    RESUME 13

    OBJECTIFS 14

    METHODOLOGIE 15

    RE SULTATS ET CONCLUSIONS. 15

    RECOMMANDATIONS 18

    INFORMATION POUR NOUS REJOINDRE 19

    PREAMBLE 20

    BACKGROUND 21

    POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE WTH DISABILITIES 21

    LEARNING AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES IN POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION 21

    LEARNING, COMPUTER AND ADAPTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES FOR POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS WTH DISABILITIES 22

    CONTEXT OF THE PRESENT RESEARCH STUDIES CARRIED OUT BY THE ADAPTECH PROJECT 26

    PRESENT INVESTIGATION 29

    METHOD AND FINDINGS 30

    OVERVIEW 30

    PARTICIPANTS 30

    PROCEDURE 31

    STRUCTURED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 32

    RESULTS 35

    CHARACTERISTICS OF NDIVIDUALS WHO PROVIDE DISABILITY RELATED SERVICES TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES 35

    ENROLLMENT: STUDENTS REGISTERED TO RECEIVE DISABILITY RELATED SERVICES IN CANADA'S COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 36

    Is THE SIZE OF THE INSTITUTION RELATED To THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WTH DISABILITIES? 40INSTITUTIONS IMTH AND WTHOUT COMPUTER AND ADAPTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES ON CAMPUS 41

    GOOD INSTITUTIONAL COMPUTER AND ADAPTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES 42

    "ACTUAL SITUATION": ADEQUACY OF VARIOUS ASPECTS OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES AT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 45FACULTY AND STAFF WTH DISABILITIES 50

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  • DISCUSSION 53

    WHO ARE THEY? CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIVIDUALS IM-10 PROVIDE DISABILITY RELATED SERVICES 53

    ENROLLMENT 54

    ACTUAL SITUATION OF COMPUTERS ON CANADIAN CAMPUSES 58

    GOOD INSTITUTIONAL COMPUTER AND ADAPTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES 61

    EVALUATION CRITERIA: ASPECTS IMPORTANT IN MEETING THE COMPUTER RELATED NEEDS OF STUDENTS 62

    REPORT CARD: ADAEQUACUY OF ASPECTS OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES ON CAMPUS 62

    WISH LISTS 64

    FACULTY AND STAFF WTH DISABILITIES 65

    NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF STUDENTS WTH DISABILITIES 66

    LIMITATIONS CF THE RESEARCH 66

    RECOMMENDATIONS 68

    RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO STUDENTS WTH DISABILITIES 68

    RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OTHER POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS. 74

    RESOURCES 76

    CONCLUSIONS 79

    REFERENCES 80

    APPENDIX A - TABLES 87

    TABLE 1 87

    TABLE 2 88

    TABLE 3 89

    TABLE 4 90

    TABLE 5 91

    TABLE 6 92

    TABLE 7 93

    TABLE 8 94

    TABLE 9 95

    TABLE 10 96

    TABLE 11 97

    TABLE 12 98

    TABLE 13 99

    TABLE 14 100

    TABLE 15 101

    TABLE 16 102

    TABLE 17 103

    TABLE 18 104

    TABLE 19 105

    TABLE 20 106

    TABLE 21 107

    TABLE 22 108

    TABLE 23 109

    TABLE 24 110

    TABLE 25 111

    TABLE 26 112

    TABLE 27 113

  • APPENDIX B - FIGUR