Technology for employability in Latin America: Research with at-risk youth and people with disabilities

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dc.contributor.author Pal, Joyojeet
dc.contributor.author Freistadt, Jay
dc.contributor.author Frix, Michele
dc.contributor.author Neff, Phillip
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-21T02:55:53Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-21T02:55:53Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Pal, J., Freistadt, J., Frix, M., & Neff, P. (2009). Technology for employability in Latin America: Research with at-risk youth and people with disabilities. Seattle: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/16297
dc.description.abstract Since the early 1990s, there has been an increasing interest and investment in information and communication technology (ICT) training centers designed to expand employability options for socially excluded groups in Latin America. This study examines programs that provide basic computer training for people with disabilities and at-risk youth. Based on primary research in five countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela), we discuss the landscape of issues around technology and employability and investigate how ICT training impacts the employability concerns of two populations with diverse needs and histories of social and economic exclusion. Our findings are broadly divided into three segments. We first examine the environmental factors that impact such projects, including the aspirational environment and the discourse of technology. We then discuss the short-term impacts of these programs, including the creation of pathways to employment, community-building, as well as impacts on self-esteem and stigmatization and the potential of mismatched employment expectations from access to these programs. We finally turn to factors that influence the success of such programs including cost, certification, and accessible technology. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was sponsored by Microsoft Community Affairs under the Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills Program. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries TASCHA Research Report;
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject disabilities en_US
dc.subject community informatics en_US
dc.subject information and communication technologies en_US
dc.subject public access computing en_US
dc.subject accessibility en_US
dc.subject telecenters en_US
dc.subject telecentres en_US
dc.subject employability en_US
dc.subject training en_US
dc.title Technology for employability in Latin America: Research with at-risk youth and people with disabilities en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US


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