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ERIC Number: ED108449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 30
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An Analysis of Optacon Usage.
Schoof, Loren T., II
Use of the Optacon, a reading aid for the blind, was explored in regard to user occupations, factors affecting reading speed, and how the machine is used on the job. Data were obtained from a survey of 250 Optacon users; from statistical analyses of information gathered about 41 Optacon trainers; and from a telephone survey of 17 blind people in different occupational groups who use the Optacon as a job tool. Results included findings that students, housewives, computer professionals, social workers, and business personnel are major Optacon users; that young people read more quickly at the end of Optacon can be a useful tool in any occupation where retrieval of printed information is useful; that persons in entry-level positions are strongly motivated to use the Optacon on the job; and that the Optacon enables users to plan and to organize their work more efficiently. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Telesensory Systems, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.