Students and adults with intellectual disabilities are among those for whom the digital divide is the greatest. Research has shown that computers provide an ideal platform for consistent, repetitive, and self-paced learning opportunities for increased self-direction, independence, and self-esteem. It is estimated that there are between 7 and 8 million people in the U.S. with intellectual disabilities.
1.) Establish 100 cognitive technology labs in schools and agencies 2.) Solicit applications for computer use by individuals with intellectual disabilities 3.) Review and rate applications under documented guidelines 4.) Provide awards and support
The long-term goal of the project is to break down financial and attitudinal barriers that have limited computer access for this population through successful, widespread, and hands-on implementation of accessible computer technology.