Meeting the E-Learning and Information and Computer Technology Needs of Post-secondary Students with Visual Impairments: An Overview of Two Studies

ID: 37722 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Natalie Martiniello, Mary Jorgensen, Catherine S. Fichten, Jennison Asuncion, and Vittoria Ferraro, Adaptech Research Network, Canada
  2. Joan Wolforth, McGill University, Canada
  3. Mai Nhu Nguyen, Jillian Budd, and Maria Barile, Adaptech Research Network, Canada
  4. Chris Gaulin, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Canada
  5. Anthony Tibbs, Adaptech Research Network, Canada
  6. Rhonda Amsel, McGill University, Canada

Tuesday, October 9 11:15-11:35 AM Location: Salon 4 View on map

Presider: Joseph Ganci, eLearning Joe, United States

Abstract: We present the findings from two Canada-wide studies involving post-secondary students who self-identified as either being totally blind (n = 29) or having low vision (n = 143). The first study examined the ICTs used by students and how adequately these met their on- and off-campus needs, and the second study explored the accessibility of eLearning at the post-secondary level, including which e-Learning tools participants find most and least accessible. The findings indicate that several e-Learning tools, such as Pdf documents and web-based content, pose a number of accessibility problems. Moreover, the results suggest that participants encounter problems when using ICTs at home and at school, such as ICTs not being adequately up-to-date. We present these findings and provide recommendations to address these concerns, such as the need to ensure that universal design and web-accessibility guidelines are considered when e-Learning tools are implemented.

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