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Expanding job options: potential computer-related employment for adults with Down syndrome

Expanding job options: potential computer-related employment for adults with Down syndrome Expanding Job Options: Potential Computer-Related Employment for Adults with Down Syndrome Libby Kumin1, Jonathan Lazar2, and Jinjuan Heidi Feng2,3 1Department of Speech and Language Pathology Loyola University Maryland 4501 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210 lkumin@loyola.edu 2Computer and Information Sciences Department Towson University 8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252 {jlazar, jfeng}@towson.edu of Information Systems UMBC 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 3Department ABSTRACT There is currently an emerging body of human-computer interaction research on computer skills in children and adults with Down syndrome, which so far seems to conflict with the assumptions based on the medical/clinical literature. Based on the medical/clinical literature, it would seem that the documented sensory and motor issues in children with Down syndrome would lead to difficulty with computer usage. Yet the research literature emerging from the human-computer interaction community indicates that many children and adults with Down syndrome can effectively use computers at an intermediate or advanced level. In the past, computer skills have not been considered as a potential job skill for adults with Down syndrome. This article discusses the existing literature on computer use and skills in people with Down syndrome, the existing environment of employment for adults with Down syndrome, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

Expanding job options: potential computer-related employment for adults with Down syndrome

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Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1558-2337
DOI
10.1145/2335867.2335869
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Expanding Job Options: Potential Computer-Related Employment for Adults with Down Syndrome Libby Kumin1, Jonathan Lazar2, and Jinjuan Heidi Feng2,3 1Department of Speech and Language Pathology Loyola University Maryland 4501 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210 lkumin@loyola.edu 2Computer and Information Sciences Department Towson University 8000 York Road Towson, MD 21252 {jlazar, jfeng}@towson.edu of Information Systems UMBC 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 3Department ABSTRACT There is currently an emerging body of human-computer interaction research on computer skills in children and adults with Down syndrome, which so far seems to conflict with the assumptions based on the medical/clinical literature. Based on the medical/clinical literature, it would seem that the documented sensory and motor issues in children with Down syndrome would lead to difficulty with computer usage. Yet the research literature emerging from the human-computer interaction community indicates that many children and adults with Down syndrome can effectively use computers at an intermediate or advanced level. In the past, computer skills have not been considered as a potential job skill for adults with Down syndrome. This article discusses the existing literature on computer use and skills in people with Down syndrome, the existing environment of employment for adults with Down syndrome,

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jun 1, 2012

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