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Technology and Disability communicates knowledge about the field of assistive technology devices and services, within the context of the lives of end users - persons with disabilities and their family members. While the topics are technical in nature, the articles are written for broad comprehension despite the reader's education or training.
Technology and Disability's contents cover research and development efforts, education and training programs, service and policy activities and consumer experiences.
The term Technology refers to assistive devices and services.
- The term Disability refers to both permanent and temporary functional limitations experienced by people of any age within any circumstance.
- The term and underscores the editorial commitment to seek for articles which see technology linked to disability as a means to support or compensate the person in daily functioning.
The Editor also attempts to link the themes of technology and disability through the selection of appropriate basic and applied research papers, review articles, case studies, programme descriptions, letters to the Editor and commentaries. Suggestions for thematic issues and proposed manuscripts are welcomed.
Abstract: This article describes the approach of the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP) for promoting change at the local level in the use of technology, media, and materials (TMM) for students with disabilities. This approach includes: (1) Text-based and multimedia “Practice Packages”; (2) NCIP InfoNet, an electronic network with resource library and discussion forums; (3) Videoconferences; and (4) Technical assistance in using the materials. A case study of a hypothetical change agent is presented to illustrate the comprehensive and dynamic approach of the NCIP.
Keywords: Technology, disabilities, organizational support, school change, change agent, telecommunications