ERIC Number: ED081136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Sensory Aids for the Visually Handicapped.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.
Presented are 11 papers given at a conference on the evaluation of sensory aids for the visually handicapped which emphasized mobility and reading aids beginning to be tested and distributed widely. Many of the presentations are by the principal developers or advocates of the aids. Introductory readings compare the role of evaluation in the prosthetics and orthotics program to the area of sensory aids and review the history of braille. Reading machines are considered in five papers with the following titles: "Evaluation of Certain Reading Aids for the Blind", "Experience in Evaluation of the Visotoner", "Optacon Evaluation Considerations", "Plans for the Evaluation of a High Performance Reading Machine for the Blind", and "A Digital Spelled-Speech Reading Machine for the Blind". The evaluation of mobility aids is examined in five papers with the following titles: "The VA--Bionic Laser Cane for the Blind", "Experience in Evaluation of the Russell Pathsounder", "Evaluation of the Ultrasonic Binaural Sensory Aid for the Blind", "Dearing Light Sensing Typhlocane--Model LST-3, and "Evaluation of Mobility Aids". Extensive appendixes include the conference agenda, a list of participants, an evaluation of binaural sensory aid for the blind, the instruction manual for the Dearing Light-Sensing Typhlocane, and discussions about personal reading appliances for the blind, factors retarding sensory aids research for the blind, and the evaluation of the Kay Binaural Sensor. (DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Veterans Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.
Note: Report on a conference sponsored by the Subcommittee on Sensory Aids Committee on Prosthetics R and D of the Div. of Engineering National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D. C., Nov. 11-12, 1971)