Inclusion and education: 3D printing for integrated classrooms

Erin Buehler, William Easley, Samantha McDonald, Niara Comrie, Amy Hurst

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Abstract

Over 60% of adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) in the U.S. are unemployed; this is more than twice the unemployment rate of the general population [19]. Of the adults with ID who are employed, only half receive competitive wages alongside coworkers without disabilities. While the enactment of IDEA [20] has helped to promote access to education for people with ID and other disabilities, there are still obstacles to employment. Misconceptions about ability and lack of opportunities to learn and practice employability skills contribute to this problem. Our research explores employability and integration through the lens of 3D printing, an innovative technology touted as a means to self-employment. We successfully taught young adults with intellectual disabilities many technical skills required for 3D printing through an integrated, post-secondary course on 3D printing for entrepreneurship. In this paper we report on our methods for designing this course and discuss the benefits, challenges, and strategies for teaching 3D printing to an integrated cohort of students. We offer recommendations for educators and describe technology obstacles unique to this user demographic, and the impact of integrated, postsecondary courses on employment outcomes for students with ID.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASSETS 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages281-290
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334006
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015
Event17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Oct 26 2015Oct 28 2015

Publication series

NameASSETS 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Conference

Conference17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2015
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period10/26/1510/28/15

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Keywords

  • 3D modeling
  • 3D printing
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Intellectual disability
  • Special education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Buehler, E., Easley, W., McDonald, S., Comrie, N., & Hurst, A. (2015). Inclusion and education: 3D printing for integrated classrooms. In ASSETS 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 281-290). (ASSETS 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2700648.2809844