Conference date and location: 24-26 October, 2011, Dundee, Scotland
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Understanding the Computer Skills of Adult Expert Users with Down Syndrome: An Exploratory Study

Jonathan Lazar, Libby Kumin and Heidi Feng


Recent survey research suggests that individuals with Down syndrome use computers for a variety of educational, communication, and entertainment activities. However, there has been no analysis of the actual computer knowledge and skills of employment-aged computer users with Down syndrome. We conducted an ethnographic observation that aims at examining the workplace-related computer skills of expert users with Down syndrome. The results show that expert users with Down syndrome have the ability to use computers for basic workplace tasks such as word processing, data entry, and communication.

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