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dc.contributor.authorPal, Joyojeet
dc.contributor.authorFreistadt, Jay
dc.contributor.authorFrix, Michele
dc.contributor.authorNeff, Phillip
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-21T02:55:53Z
dc.date.available2010-11-21T02:55:53Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationPal, 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.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/16297
dc.description.abstractSince 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.sponsorshipThis research was sponsored by Microsoft Community Affairs under the Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills Program.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTechnology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTASCHA Research Report;
dc.subjectyouthen_US
dc.subjectdisabilitiesen_US
dc.subjectcommunity informaticsen_US
dc.subjectinformation and communication technologiesen_US
dc.subjectpublic access computingen_US
dc.subjectaccessibilityen_US
dc.subjecttelecentersen_US
dc.subjecttelecentresen_US
dc.subjectemployabilityen_US
dc.subjecttrainingen_US
dc.titleTechnology for employability in Latin America: Research with at-risk youth and people with disabilitiesen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US


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