The international peer-reviewed journal of record in the field
of vision loss
B.E. Ryder & E.S. Kawalec
Abstract: This article reports on a small-group, job-seeking skills program that was implemented at a rehabilitation center for persons with visual impairments. It describes the methods used to help the participants increase their employability and discusses the characteristics of the program and the participants that influenced readiness for employment.
Abstract: Machinists (blind, sighted, and visually impaired) answered questions about trust, resource sharing, and empowerment in their work relationships. Employees with low vision were the least trusting and trusted, received the fewest shared resources, and reported proportionately more disempowering relationships. The more educated employees, regardless of their visual status, gave and received trust and resources more readily, saw more of their relationships as empowering, and were seen as empowering by others.
J.C. Senge & J. Dote-Kwan
Abstract: This article reports on a survey of directors of disabled student services in the California State University system to determine what accommodations are being provided to print-disabled students and whether the accommodations are in compliance with the law. The results indicate that colleges and universities should reevaluate their policies and procedures to ensure that recent interpretations of the law are being followed.
Abstract: Tests of a neuropsychological model for spatial orientation in the absence of vision were developed and administered to 31 children who are congenitally blind. The results supported the model and indicated that some congenitally blind subjects had focal brain damage, sufficient to impair their capacity to be accurately oriented in physical space.
Abstract: People process small-scale and large-scale spatial information differently. Although these differences are part of normal cognitive development, they may also be the result of substantial neurological abnormalities and may be confounded by visual impairment. This article reviews developmental and neuropsychological evidence of these differences and their implications for teaching children who are visually impaired.
Abstract: This article presents the results of a noncontrolled clinical study of 20 persons with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy who were treated from 1976 to 1990 at the Low Vision Centre, Finnish Federation of the Visually Handicapped. It emphasizes the importance of early functional visual rehabilitation and the use of low vision aids to help patients perform their daily activities.
R. Jackson & G. Lawson
Abstract: This study investigated the relationship between perceived family environment and psychological distress in 76 persons who are visually impaired, aged 18 to 94, who had undergone at least four months of rehabilitation classes. The results indicated that family environmental traits strongly influenced these persons' adjustment to vision loss.
J. Murray, T.T.T. Huynh, & K. Williamson
Abstract: The users of an audio book library were surveyed by telephone to collect data for formulating a policy on the development of the library's collection. The survey found that adults have a broad range of reading interests and that men and women prefer different genres of fiction.
T. Hull & H. Mason
Abstract: This article reports the results of digit-span tests that were administered to 314 children who are blind. The results showed that gender, first language, and educational setting had no effect on the children's scores and that the congenitally totally blind children scored higher than did the sighted children, whereas those who had had some sight did not.
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