Wired to Work: An Analysis of the Reported Crisis in Access Technology Training for People with Visual ImpairmentsBy Johnson, Gil; Wolffe, Karen; Candela, Anthony R.; Stiteley, Jay; American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Publication Date: March 2001
Document summarizing results of surveys, work groups, and focus groups related to access technology specialists and the training they provide for workers who are blind or have low vision. Data are from a 1999 American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) survey of public and private rehabilitation agencies regarding challenges in the delivery of technology-related training services to blind and visually impaired people (the Technology-related Training Services Survey); three focus group discussions on (1) standards for access technology specialists, (2) recommended elements of a consumer curriculum in access technology, and (3) methods for training access technology specialists; discussions of access technology specialist competencies by work groups at a conference, Focus on Assistive Technology, sponsored by the Mississippi State University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Visual Impairments; and eight AFB-facilitated focus groups involving a total of 55 blind and visually impaired consumers of assistive technology training services, who discussed critical needs for assistive technology training, the adequacy of training, and work-related challenges following training.
Published by: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (Website:http://www.afb.org)
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