Description of Project PRISM: A National Collaborative Study on the Early Development of Children with Visual Impairments
The University of Northern Colorado is conducting a federally funded five-year longitudinal study examining the rate and sequence of development of children ages birth to five years who are blind or visually impaired. The study is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Research in Education of Individuals with Disabilities Program. Conducted in seven sites throughout the country and currently including over 100 children, the study explores interactions among child, family, and service variables. This research will yield data regarding not only the development of children with visual impairments, but also the child, family, and service variables which predict these outcomes. Upon completion of Project PRISM in 1996, it is estimated that over 200 children and families will have participated.