Duane R. Geruschat, James T. Deremeik, and Sharon S. Whited
Abstract: Head-mounted displays (HMDs) for people with low vision are video devices with user-controlled variable magnification and some degree of contrast enhancement. In this preliminary study of visually impaired students in a residential school, HMDs improved acuity and contrast sensitivity, prevented glare, and enhanced performance of near, intermediate, and distance tasks, including mobility. The study also showed that students enjoyed using the devices.
Abstract: This article describes a model program that included parents of students who are blind or visually impaired in structured career planning exercises. Students confirmed career choices, became more aware of career values, and were encouraged to explore future career alternatives. The comments of the parents suggested that they had acquired understanding of their child's career choices.
Orientation and Mobility
Annette C. Skellenger
Abstract: This survey of 120 orientation and mobility instructors found that 75% have taught their students to use alternative mobility devices. The type of device taught most often was a two-shafted device (such as the Connecticut precane). Other devices included riding toys, upright push toys, and probing devices.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Crista L. Earl
Reviewed by Deborah Kent
Karen Wolffe and Gil Johnson
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