I want that! - teaching the internet and email to a group of clients with intellectual disability

Schinder, Pam and Borchardt, Karen (2001). I want that! - teaching the internet and email to a group of clients with intellectual disability. In: Revelling in Reference: 2001 RAISS, Reference and Information Services Section Symposium proceedings. Revelling in Reference 2001, Melbourne, Australia, (). 12-14 October 2001.

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Author Schinder, Pam
Borchardt, Karen
Title of paper I want that! - teaching the internet and email to a group of clients with intellectual disability
Conference name Revelling in Reference 2001
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 12-14 October 2001
Proceedings title Revelling in Reference: 2001 RAISS, Reference and Information Services Section Symposium proceedings
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Australian Library and Information Association
Publication Year 2001
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 0868045608
9780868045603
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Through a collaboration between the University of Queensland Library and the
Fred and Eleanor Schonell Special Education Research Centre, library staff
taught a series of hands-on internet workshops to students in the “LATCH-ON
program” (Literacy and Technology – Hands-On), a literacy teaching and
research program for young adults aged 18-22 with Down syndrome. This was a
new, challenging, and very rewarding experience for the library staff involved.

LATCH-On is a program that has been developed to use a combination of
technology and the more traditional methods of literacy instruction to enhance
literacy development of young adults with Down syndrome. As well as helping
students to develop their literacy, access to the internet can help students to link
to the wider world, to find information, and to communicate with friends and
others in the community using email. It can also provide new motivation for
students to strive to improve their literacy skills.

Library staff who taught the workshops found they needed to adapt their ways of
teaching to suit the needs, interests, and ways of learning of this group of
students. The experience highlighted the features of internet access that can
become barriers to people with intellectual disabilities. The students showed
great determination and were very enthusiastic. This project allowed library staff
to use their expertise in using and teaching the internet to help this group of
students with special needs to participate in using this technology, and
represented a significant partnership between the Library and the Schonell
Centre.

This paper will detail the challenges, some solutions, and the rewards of the
project. It serves as an example of the role of librarians as facilitators and
teachers of information technology and information literacy, and highlights the
need for inclusive practice and for improving accessibility of electronic services to
clients with special needs.
Subjects EX
330108 Special Education
700201 Library and related information services
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: University of Queensland Library Staff Publications and Presentations
 
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