Research On Accessibility

Classroom Seating for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Therapy Balls Versus Chairs
Author:American Journal of Occupational Therapy/Denise Lynn Schilling (first author)
Format:Article (available online in pdf)
Topic:Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Intended Audience:Community stakeholders, teachers, academics

Stated objective from the authors: 'The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of therapy balls as seating on in-seat behavior and legible word productivity of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Additionally, social validity was assessed to evaluate teacher and student opinions regarding the intervention.'

Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Author:American Psychological Association/Marcia J. Scherer
Topic:Educational technology for people with disabilities
Intended Audience:Community stakeholders, teachers, academics

Presents a comprehensive approach to matching the right assistive technology with students with disabilities, especially visual and auditory disabilities.

Disability Research Information Page
Year:Constantly updated
Format:Online community resource
Topic:An online resource for disability research
Intended Audience:All disability stakeholders

An online repository of articles and other research materials pertaining to all aspects of disability.

Inclusion: Recent Research
Author:Gary Bunch and Angela Valeo
Topic:Contemporary research in inclusive education
Intended Audience:Undergraduate and graduate education students, teachers, administrators, advocacy organizations

A readable, non-technical introduction to contemporary research in the field of inclusion, dealing with topics such as challenging behaviour, effects of inclusion on the "other" students, teacher attitudes, academic achievement and more.

Irlen Coloured Filters for Reading: a Six-Year Follow-up
Author:Australian Journal of Remedial Education/Paul Whiting (first author)
Format:Article (available online in html)
Topic:Reading difficulties, dyslexia
Intended Audience:Community stakeholders, teachers, academics

Research conducted on the possible causes, and potential solutions for, reading difficulties associated with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. The research suggests a possible neurophysiological cause related to the perception of colour contrasts that may be addressed effectively through the use of coloured lenses.

Research and Training Center on Community Living
Year:Constantly updated
Author:The Research and Training Center
Format:Online resource
Topic:Self advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities
Intended Audience:Persons with developmental disabilities, teachers, community stakeholders.

The Research and Training Center on Community Living provides research, evaluation, training, technical assistance and dissemination to support the aspirations of persons with developmental disabilities to live full, productive and integrated lives in their communities.

Responsible Inclusion for Students with Learning Disabilities
Author:Sharon Vaughn and Jeanne Shay Schumm. Journal of Learning Disabilities, Volume 28, Number 5, may 1995.
Format:Journal Article
Topic:Inclusion for Students with Learning Disabilities
Intended Audience:Teachers, other education stakeholders

The purpose of this article is to contrast responsible with irresponsible inclusion practices for students with learning disabilities. Guidelines include: i)student and family are considered first; teachers choose to participate in inclusion classrooms; adequate resources are provided for inclusion classrooms; models are developed and implemented at the school-based level; ingoing professional development and continuous evaluation of the service model.

Author:Amber Jensen. Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal, Volume 2, number 1.
Format:Online Journal Article
Intended Audience:All stakeholders

This paper investigates the history of synesthesia research, including primary researchers, neurological factors, and relation to perception and cognition.