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Web-Based Education in the Human Services: Content and Connections

This chapter expands web-based higher education apparent paradox that the technology that provides a great platform for inclusion, in reality appears to be excluding. It explores a five step analysis and some mythology describes what this paradox is and how to overcome it. The first step in the analysis of the inclusion/exclusion paradox takes us back 25 years when a subtle change occurred in the language used to refer to handicaps. Someone restricted to a wheelchair was no longer a handicapped person, but somebody with a mobility impairment. Disability requires social action and is the collective responsibility of society to make the environmental modifications necessary for the full participation of people with impairments. Hearing impaired people often encounter a disability when people talk to them without facing them, or while covering their mouth with their hand. Hardware and software can accommodate for other impairments and be inclusive, or disregard their specific user requirements and be inclusive.