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Community-Based Participatory Approach: Students as Partners in Educational Accessible Technology Research

  • Poorna Kushalnagar
  • Benjamin Williams
  • Raja S. Kushalnagar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7382)

Abstract

This paper discusses the critical role of bringing together students with disabilities as research partners using principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Most accessible technology research approaches include the target population as end-users, not as community partners. This paper describes how CBPR can enhance designs and increase likelihood of effective and efficiency of end-user designs or prototypes that impact students in education. We conclude with a discussion on how to empower students as research partners using CBPR principles.

Keywords

Accessible Technology Research Design and Evaluation Students with Disabilities Participatory Research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Poorna Kushalnagar
    • 1
  • Benjamin Williams
    • 2
  • Raja S. Kushalnagar
    • 3
  1. 1.Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging ScienceRochester Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.College of EngineeringTexas Tech UniversityUSA
  3. 3.National Technical Institute for the DeafRochester Institute of TechnologyUSA

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