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Tentative findings of a study of the technology needs and use patterns of persons with mental retardation.

Authors
  • Parette, H P Jr
  • VanBiervliet, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1992
Volume
36 ( Pt 1)
Pages
7–27
Identifiers
PMID: 1576451
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An examination of the technology use patterns and needs of 680 persons with mental retardation was conducted as part of a grant application process in response to P. L. 100-407, the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988. Important trends which were deemed valuable for state technology planning purposes were revealed which have implications for other states desiring to develop comprehensive technology systems. Responses obtained from participants indicated that needs for technology were evident in all areas of life functioning, with computer technology being reported as the area of greatest need. Most respondents reported spending less than $1000 for their technology and more than half expressed that a credit plan would have been helpful in purchasing needed technology. Transportation services was reported to be an area of need for many persons participating in the study. More than half the participants indicated the need for more information relating to technology.

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