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ERIC Number: ED018889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Pages: 62
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Reference Count: 0
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THE VALUE OF MOBILITY INSTRUCTION AS A TECHNIQUE TO MOTIVATE BLIND INDIVIDUALS.
COUCHELL, PETER, JR.; AND OTHERS
A 3-YEAR DEMONSTRATION PROJECT WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE BLIND WITH MOBILITY INSTRUCTION, TO SHOW AGENCIES AND COMMUNITIES THE NEED FOR SUCH INSTRUCTION, AND TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT MOTIVATION AND MOBILITY. OF THE 73 BLIND PERSONS IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY (NORTH CAROLINA) WHO INQUIRED BY INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION OR WERE REFERRED BY OTHER AGENCIES, 14 MALES AND 17 FEMALES, AGED 14 TO 70 YEARS, PARTICIPATED IN THE MOBILITY TRAINING. FOLLOWING INTERVIEWS WITH THE CASEWORKER AND THE PERIPATOLOGIST, THE SUBJECTS WERE EXAMINED BY AN OPTHALMOLOGIST TO DETERMINE PRESENCE OF RESIDUAL VISION, A PHYSICIAN TO DETERMINE PHYSICAL CAPACITY, AND AN AUDIOLOGIST TO DETERMINE ABILITY TO HEAR AND TO DISCRIMINATE AMONG SOUNDS. AFTER AN INTERPRETIVE INTERVIEW EXPLAINING THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION, THE SUBJECTS BEGAN TRAINING. THE SUBJECTS RECEIVED AN AVERAGE OF 22 INDIVIDUAL HOUR TRAINING LESSONS. AT TERMINATION OF THE LESSONS, 18 SUBJECTS COULD TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS (SEVEN OF THESE COULD TRAVEL IN BUSINESS AREAS ALSO). SUCCESS IN MOBILITY APPARENTLY ENHANCED MOTIVATION TO IMPROVE IN OTHER AREAS OF SOCIAL FUNCTIONING. MOST CLIENTS FELT THAT DAILY LESSONS WERE MORE ADVANTAGEOUS THAN LONGER LESSONS ON ALTERNATIVE DAYS. ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THE CLIENTS WERE SATISFIED WITH THE LONG EVALUATION PROCESS WHICH PRECEDED THE BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION. OVER HALF OF THE CLIENTS WHO INQUIRED DID NOT TAKE MOBILITY TRAINING FOR VARIOUS REASONS, INCLUDING REJECTION DUE TO MEDICAL CONDITIONS, LACK OF INTEREST, FAMILY OBJECTIONS, RESIGNATION OF INSTRUCTOR, OR EMOTIONAL STATE. (KH)
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Authoring Institution: Mecklenburg Association for the Blind, Charlotte, NC.
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