Trial and Error with Assistive, Accessible, Augmentative Technology

Trial and Error with Assistive, Accessible, Augmentative Technology

Arthur W. Blaser (Chapman University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-878-1.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter describes the author’s experiences in using assistive technology in undergraduate teaching. He argues for the importance of recognizing social factors that contribute to inequalities involving people with disabilities. The objective is to offer the simple, practical example of the author’s use of communications technology.
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Conclusion

Paul Watzlawick taught us that: “One cannot not communicate.” With instructional technology that is human centered, I see a parallel: One cannot not be political. Political choices that recognize the interdependence of use of technology in education, with such factors as personal assistance, transportation, access to medical care, and employment, are vital to the inclusive, seamless, barrier-free, accessible, assistive world that can be.

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