ERIC Number: ED040552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
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A Functional Classification System of the Visually Impaired to Replace the Legal Definition of Blindness.
Genensky, Samuel M.
The capacity of the visually impaired to perform normal tasks is the basis of a new classification system proposed to supplant the current legal definition of blindness, now based on arbitrary numerical values used to measure visual acuity and angular field. A discussion of the current plight of the visually impaired focuses on the failure of the public to recognize the heterogeneity of this population and the misapplication of the legal definition of blindness. Recommendations are made which the author believes would clarify impairments, improve public understanding of the capabilities and needs of the visually handicapped, improve the quality and quantity of services, and increase educational and economic opportunities. (TC/RJ)
Descriptors: Blindness, Classification, Definitions, Partial Vision, Visual Acuity, Visual Impairments
Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406
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Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.