RAY OF HOPE: A REVIEW OF MOBILE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEED LEARNERS IN MALAYSIA

M. Mohamad, L.F. Phung

Universiti Sains Malaysia (MALAYSIA)
Parallel to the Education Act (1996) and Persons with Disabilities Act (1998), there are growing awareness among researchers in Malaysia in exploring the area of mobile assistive technology to support Special Educational Need (SEN) learners in Malaysia. SEN learners as categorised by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia are classified under five categories of learning disabilities; Down Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia and Slow Learners. This study explores the research trend of mobile assistive technology in Malaysia within these categories. The research design of this study is qualitative and based on secondary sources and data are processed using Nvivo. The study compares and contrasts various studies in the mobile assistive area in Malaysia. The findings generate guidance which ought to be considered by prospective researchers embarking in this field to enlighten them about the research gap. As mobile assistive technology is still in its infancy, it is envisaged that this study will bring significant impact for the future of mobile assistive technology in Malaysia.