Accessible Internet training package helps people with aphasia cross the digital divide

Egan, J., Worrall, L and Oxenham, D (2004) Accessible Internet training package helps people with aphasia cross the digital divide. Aphasiology, 18 3: 265-280.


Author Egan, J.
Worrall, L
Oxenham, D
Title Accessible Internet training package helps people with aphasia cross the digital divide
Journal name Aphasiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-7038
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02687030344000562
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 265
End page 280
Total pages 16
Editor B. Petheram
Place of publication UK
Publisher Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
321025 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Hearing and Speech
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract Background : The Internet is a source of information, communication, and leisure opportunities for people with aphasia. However, accessible training is one of several barriers for people with aphasia in using the Internet. Aims : This study developed and trialled special aphasia-friendly Internet training materials for people with aphasia. Methods & Procedures : A total of 20 people with aphasia were matched with volunteer tutors. The tutor-student pairs met for six lessons. Pre- and post-test Internet skills assessments were conducted and attitudinal questionnaires were completed. The training materials were based on Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and consisted of a tutor's manual and a manual for the Internet student with aphasia. These materials are available as a free download from: http://www.shrs.uq.edu.au/cdaru/aphasiagroups/ Outcomes & Results : Significant differences between pre and post scores were found and participants reached a range of levels of independence following the training. The majority reported favourable outcomes. Conclusions. Results indicated that it was possible for people with aphasia to learn to use the Internet when they were taught in a one-to-one teaching situation with the use of accessible training manuals.
Keyword Clinical Neurology
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