The purpose of this blog is to inform adult educators and interested readers of existing and emerging technologies designed to assist adult learners who are visually impaired. These technologies will enhance the lives of the learner as they achieve their educational and information literacy goals.

Visual Impairment Overview

Visual impairment and low vision are terms to describe vision loss that cannot be corrected to a normal level with prescription glasses, contact lenses, or medicine.  For example, anyone who has an acuity of 20/70 (low vision) or 20/200 or less (legally blind) are visually impaired. To be blind is the inability to see.

There are many causes for visual impairment. For example: hereditary, eye injuries, and underlining diseases. It is estimated that 10 million Americans are blind or have low vision. There are approximately 10 million people in the Uni46% of working-age adults have vision impairments and 32% of legally blind adults of working age are gainfully employed. (ted States who are blind or visually impaired (one million adults over the age of 40 are blind and 2.4 million are visually impaired) (Mandal, n.d.)  Mandal (n.d.), also noted that 46% of the working adults have visual impairments and 32% of legally blind adults are still employed. According to the American Disability Act (ADA) employers with 15 or more employees are required to make reasonable accommodations for their employees with disabilities.

There are products and technology on the market that will assist those who are visually impaired to go to school and work. I will share what these products and technologies can do to enhance the lives of adult learners.

 

References

FindLaw. (n.d). The American Disability Act-Overview. Retrieved from

http://civilrights.findlaw.com/discrimination/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-overview.html

Mandal, A. (n.d.). News-Medical. What is Visual Impairment? Retrieved from

http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-visual-impairment.aspx

 

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