Public Computer Assisted Learning Facilities for Children with Visual Impairment: Universal Design for Inclusive Learning

Kin Wai Michael Siu, Mei Seung Lam

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Although computer assisted learning (CAL) is becoming increasingly popular, people with visual impairment face greater difficulty in accessing computer-assisted learning facilities. This is primarily because most of the current CAL facilities are not visually impaired friendly. People with visual impairment also do not normally have access to personal CAL facilities due to their high price, thus they may have access to public CAL facilities only, such as those provided by schools, libraries and community centers. A case study was carried out in Hong Kong to review the design of public CAL facilities for people with visual impairment. One of the findings shows that children with visual impairment face more barriers than others in using public CAL facilities. The design inclusiveness of the CAL facilities is low because children with visual impairment may find it difficult to approach, reach, manipulate and use the facilities. By applying the Universal Design Principles, this paper identifies the deficiencies in existing designs. The paper further identifies and discusses some key directions for improvements in design policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-303
Number of pages9
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Accessibility
  • Children with visual impairment
  • Computer assisted learning (CAL)
  • Equal opportunity
  • Learning facilities
  • Universal design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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