Assistive Technology for Inclusive Education Among Vocational Education Students with Physical Disabilities in Colleges of Education in South West, Nigeria

Authors : Nwahunanya, I.; Prof. Ede, E. O.; Abiamuwe, N. O.; Attah, K. O.; Asogwa, U. U.

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 6 - June

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Disability could either be acquired through life circumstances like accidents or natural in the sense that an individual could be born with a physical challenge. This study examined the use of Assistive Technologies for inclusive education among Vocational education students with physical disabilities in Colleges of Education in South west, Nigeria. Four research questions guided the study. Descriptive survey design was used for the study. Three Colleges of Education in Southwest, Nigeria were used for the study. Population comprised of fifty eight (58) Vocational Education teachers. A researcher’s-designed checklist and questionnaire were used to collect data. Data was analyzed using frequency, mean and standard deviation. Results indicated that majority of the institutions do not have the necessary assistive technologies and some of the available ones are not functional, therefore are not enough to cater for the challenges faced by students with physical disabilities. Also, part of the strategies suggested for enhancing the use of Assistive technology was to make Vocational curriculum more technologically adaptive and integrated. Among recommendations made was that Assistive Technology should be made available and affordable so that parents, schools, State and Federal ministry of education can afford them for use, both in special and mainstream educational institutions in Nigeria.

Keywords : Assistive Technology, Physical Disability, Inclusive Education


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