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Methods to Improve Reading Environment for the Disabled

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2007, 8(3), pp.619-643
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Lee Hae-Gyun 1 Kim, Sung Ae 1 Jung-hyun Kim 1

1대구대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research, a basic research on "Methods to Improve Reading Environment for the Disabled", analyzed the conditions of the print disabled people' reading and library using. Questionnaire surveys were conducted on 179 aged individuals and 126 visual disabled individuals, and as a result, first off, regarding the aged individuals reading conditions, the interest of the aged in reading were not high, showing a survey result of reading average 4 articles a week for 4 hours, though not having significant inconvenience for reading. Nevertheless, the aged were feeling much inconvenience in using magnifying glasses and the facilities. As for the reading conditions of the visual disabled, the visual disabled reads about three times a week for 4 hours, reading mostly literature pieces like novels or poems, etc. Since their readings are limited to braille books, they feel inconvenience and hope supply and reinforcement of audio books and braille books to solve such problems. Secondly, regarding the library services using conditions of the visual disabled, the disabled are using library to acquire new knowledge and information, but are not satisfied with the data facilitated in the library, while much of their loans are taken from electronic books. Though the overall satisfaction degree with the library is high, it is shown that still dissatisfaction lingers in that the data are insufficient and the books are not diverse in categories.

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