ERIC Number: ED054429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Home Teaching of the Geriatric Blind. Final Research Report.
Gobetz, Giles Edward; And Others
A three-year home-teaching demonstration project with the geriatric blind was conducted with 171 clients in the experimental group (132 were blind for 10 years or less and were 60 years of age or older, 11 were blind 17 years or longer, 7 were in an apartment group, 7 died, and 14 had incomplete records) and 44 clients in the control group. The two teachers, both blind since childhood, held Master's Degrees in Special Education, Program for Training Home Teachers of the Adult Blind. Included among the most relevant findings of the project are the following: (1) clients 60 years of age or over and blind less than 10 years can learn various daily living skills through home teaching; (2) the client's attitudes toward life are linked with his ability to master skills; (3) the client's age was not important in the learning of skills; (4) in general, women were superior to men in skills and attitudes, and Negroes were superior to whites on all tests; (5) the 60 years of age or older blind client needs skilled help in improving their skills and attitudes; (6) generally, those clients who lived alone with no outside help scored highest in skill and attitude improvement; and (7) progress made in communication skills was impressive. Six case studies are given, and appendixes present the rating sheet, statistical summary, and project personnel biographies. (DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Society for the Blind, OH.