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Volume :40 Issue : 155 2014      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Determining the Disabled Needs for Assistant Technologies to Use Information Technology and their Employment Difficulties in Rehabilitation Centers .

Auther : Dr. Yas A. AL-Sultani - Dr. Khaled A. AL-Zahrani

 This study aimed at highlighting the extent of awareness amongst disabled people about the benefits of information and telecommunication technology, and its role in rehabilitating and helping them to engage in community activities. The study also aimed at identifying the role of the rehabilitation centers for people with disabilities in educating members of this category of their needs to information technology, and to determine the methods and administrative processes that must be used to contribute to the employment of that technology as well as defining the role of the rehabilitation centers for people with disabilities in the training of disabled people to use the techniques of information technology efficiently. The sample size of this study is (65) people with different types of disabilities. The focuse was to measure their knowledge and needs for the tools that help them in using information technology.
     The results showed that the most common difficulties related to the technological and physical potential in the rehabilitation centers were the insufficiency of computer labs and other assistant tools that help disabilities when using Internet, as well as the inadequate funding of Rehabilitation Centers for the purchase of modern technological equipment and software. The disabled are afraid of making mistakes when they are using computer and Internet. It was also found that the assistive technology attached to the computer to help the person with disabilities does not help him to use the Internet usefully and effectively, and that disabled people have difficulty in opening the web sites. The design of the web pages on the Internet prevents the disabled from obtaining the desired information easily, as well as the shortage in production of software and electronic devices adapted with Arabic language. The study recommends providing incentives for producing software and assistant devices supported by Arabic language that help disabilities using benefit of information technology.

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