The Academic Impact of Accessibility for Students with Print Related Disabilities at Minority Serving Higher Education Institutions in the United States: A Longitudinal Study

[Speaker] Ancis, Julie R:1
[Co-author] Lee, Christopher:1
1:Georgia Institute of Technology (United States of America)

The co-presenters will describe an ongoing 4-year,longitudinal research project: Project 31, funded by a 3.8 million dollar United States Department of Education Grant focused on 800 undergraduate students with print-related disabilities at U.S. Minority Serving Institutions (MSI's). Project 31 is an innovative Randomized Control Treatment study involving an intervention group receiving electronic-readers and accessible digital textbooks and a control group. Participants include African American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American students and Disability Service Providers.

The research seeks to explore the perceived social and psychological challenges for minority students with print-related disabilities and the relationship between accessible textbooks and academic success, academic satisfaction and self-efficacy, and assistive technology self-efficacy.

The study also explores Disability Services Provider's perceptions of students needs, challenges and facilitative factors in work with students, and perceived impact of accessible textbooks on student's academic success.

The use of Structural Equation Modeling and qualitative methods will be discussed.
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