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Quick survey

My name is Monica and I am currently doing my 4th year of the Bachelor of Interior Design program at Humber College. I am conducting a survey for a Thesis project on the "services and activities in a community centre for visually impaired and blind people". This focuses on physical, psychological and sociological therapy on which the intention promotes activities such as sports, arts and crafts, theatre among other which will help the user to be more active and have a change in lifestyle.
This survey is quick only 10 questions and your input is valued and much appreciated!

Thank You
Monica

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7CTJ22L


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Re: Quick survey





Good for you, Jadwiga. But there are still loads of people with VI without your confidence and abilities. So who supports them?


change in lifestyle



Do you have any idea of the unemployment rate among adult blind and visually impaired people? If you want people to be more active and "have a better lifestyle" think of ways of getting them into the job market. We don't need arts and crafts or theater nearly as much as we need employers willing to hire us at decent wages. The blind and low vision community is well-educated, uses computers, and we want to earn the kind of money which would lead to that "better lifestyle". What kind of psychological state would you be in if people doubted you were capable of doing anything but arts and crafts? You may want to find out if your school hires disabled folks and perhaps get them to do so. This way, disabled people get to live in the real world just like you do and earn money just like you do and buy the things that earning a decent wage makes possible.


useful links when designing an interior



When thinking about your home or a more public space, archetects, interior designers and people sprucing up their own homes may like the following links.
Shed Some Light on the Subject
http://www.afb.org/info/programs-and-services/prof...
Positioning of a Light Source
http://www.afb.org/info/programs-and-services/prof...
Changing your Home
http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?SectionID=65&rewri...
Learning About Blindness
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/fo...


another "blindness" program? Or something with a wider "vision"



The kinds of things I may want in a community center will hopefully connect me with those in my community, be they sighted or blind. Blindness-specific centers tend to wall off people who are blind or have low vision, separating us from others in our communities. As such, sighted people never get to know us as people. We remain a separate population for whom sighhted people create "activities".
As the demographics of blindness changes, more and more people lose vision later in life. They want to continue to do things with others in their communities rather than being shunted off into some "blindness program" where sighted people can "change their lifestyles".
Assuming somebody else's lifestyle needs changing is condescending, even when well-intentioned. Please ask questions on this list so you can better understand the population you seek to serve.


Re: Quick survey



At the beginning of each school year, students from various colleges post surveys to these message boards. The assumptions in these surveys are as interesting as the surveys themselves. Let me be right up front and admit that I designed surveys for a living for over thirty years. So, how people ask questions and the assumptions behind the questions they ask interest me a lot.
Surveys are conducted to find out things and to reach a goal.
I am going to speak to you as if you are actually designing a program, not for a course, but in reality. So, forgive me if I am blunt or tactless. My background is that of a blind woman with no useable vision who also happened to work as a market researcher.
Monica, you say your purpose is:
the "services and activities in a community centre for visually impaired and blind people". This focuses on physical, psychological and sociological therapy on which the intention promotes activities such as sports, arts and crafts, theatre among other which will help the user to be more active and have a change in lifestyle.
Is your community centered program geared toward seniors who are in the process of losing their sight from diabetes glaucoma or some other eye condition or are you thinking about people like me who have been blind all my life? If you really want co-operative input from disabled people but assume we need our life styles changed, you will come across as patronizing. There are plenty of really capable blind people who want to stay fit with exercise, or take part in other community activities who have perfectly fine happy lives and who are hardly in need of "physical, psychological and sociological therapy".
I applaud the "more active" part. You may want to read
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/a...
Is your idea to have participation at the local community center for sighted and legally blind (low vision and blind) folks together or is this some kind of blindness-specific community center program?
Please note the importance of providing transportation options to those of us who do not drive because we are blind. The community center needs to be on bus routes, for example and you may want to explore Dial-a-Ride and Access-a-Ride options for clients of the center.
You will begin to think creatively about Exercise and recreational movement classes and adjust them to include audible feedback and hands-on input from the instructor. Many instructors are not used to "stretching" in this way. Some resist teaching blind participants. The really interesting ones take it in stride.

The value of this kind of creative thinking when designing community-based programs can be immense.
Just the idea of thinking inclusively about people with disabilities brings benefits to "non-disabled" de sig ners. in unforeseen ways.
As an example, those who have taught me martial arts and yoga have become aware of their teaching style as they instruct a totally blind student. We have both learned together.
p.s. I did access your survey but did not fill it out yet. It is tricky to use with Window-eyes, my screen reader. Also, please check your spelling. Good spelling always makes a survey come across as professional. "Recreation" and "Visually" need correcting.
Please speak more on this message board about whether this is a real-life project or just an exercise in survey-taking and planning for a class. Folks here will help you out.


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