ERIC Number: ED023234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
851 Blinded Veterans: A Success Story.
Graham, Milton D.; And Others
A study of 85 men with a service-connected disability of 70% or greater loss of vision was made from 10 Veterans' Administration clinics. Subjects were 20 to 64 years of age with a median of 46, 85% white, and 97% World War II and 3% Korean War veterans; 45% had taken advantage of the GI Bill for education, 64% were in the top half of the country's socioeconomic strata, 70% owned homes, 80% received disability compensation, and 92% lived in cities. Most lived in small primary family households, 1/4 had multihealth family problems, 1/3 had experienced marital disruption, and most considered themselves heads of their households. In general health, 20% were normal and 80% had conditions (54% mild, 11% moderate, 15% severe) ; 55% had a normal prognosis for life. For general activities, the radio was most used in passive entertainment, gardening and picnics were the most popular recreation activities with 52%; 65% read (double the national average), 78% voted in 1960, 91% visited, 54% belonged to organizations, 78% attended religious services, and those with some vision were frequent travelers. Of their friends, 88% were sighted. (SN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adults, Blindness, Exceptional Child Education, Family (Sociological Unit), Leisure Time, Males, Medical Evaluation, Military Personnel, Participant Characteristics, Physical Health, Recreation, Social Adjustment, Socioeconomic Status, Sociometric Techniques, Veterans Education, Visual Impairments, Vocational Adjustment
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc., 15 West 16th Street, New York, New York 10011
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Foundation for the Blind, New York, NY.