ERIC Number: ED029415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Visually Impaired Persons, United States, July 1963-June 1964; Vital and Health Statistics Data from the National Health Survey. National Center for Health Statistics Series 10, Number 46.
National Center for Health Statistics (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Derived from household interviews, the study was based upon a sample of about 42,000 households including 134,000 persons. Findings were that the visually impaired represented an older segment of the population and that the marked increase in estimated trends resulted not from severe but rather from other impairments. Of an estimated 5,029,000 persons with impairments (prevalence rate=31.3 per 1,000 population), 969,000 could not read ordinary newsprint and 310,000 could not see features and/or moving objects. Analysis of demographic characteristics indicated that the number of persons reporting vision impairment was greater for those having lower incomes or less education, living in the South, belonging to the nonwhite population, or not living in standard metropolitan areas. Approximately three of five persons with impaired vision reported limitation of activities, but less than one-half attributed this limitation to their vision. Limitations are further classified according to age and sex; employment, living arrangements, and use of aids, talking books, braille, and financial aid are considered; and functional limitations, age at which impaired vision first interfered with daily activities, and the relationship between vision impairment and other selected chronic conditions are treated. (JD)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Blindness, Braille, Classification, Education, Employment, Exceptional Child Research, Financial Support, Geographic Regions, Incidence, Income, Individual Characteristics, Mobility Aids, Partial Vision, Racial Differences, Rural Urban Differences, Sex Differences, Statistical Data, Talking Books, Visual Impairments
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402 ($0.50).
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.