ERIC Number: ED355422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Vision Screening: A Must for Adult Education Programs.
Bristow, Page Simpson
NCAL Connections, p1,6-7 Fall 1992
Vision screening appears to be particularly important for adult education (AE) programs. Although expected failure rates for school-age population vision screenings are 15 percent, vision screenings of AE clients have yielded dramatically higher failure rates. Vision screenings of 106 Illinois AE students have shown that 66 percent had one or more vision problems; screenings of 117 adult students in New York City literacy programs also found a 66 percent failure rate. As part of a larger study, vision screening data were collected on 34 randomly selected students enrolled in adult basic education (ABE) or General Educational Development instruction in a New York state AE program. Results were as follows: 79 percent failed 1 or more of 10 subtests of the New York State Optometric Association Vision Screening Battery that were administered; the percentage of students who failed subtest(s) that could affect the ability to do near-point work such as reading and writing was 74 percent; of 15 ABE level 1 students tested, all had 1 or more vision problems; and students in higher levels showed lower but still large percentages of failure. These three studies provide compelling evidence that vision screening of AE populations is essential to give all adults the maximum opportunity to learn. Adult educators should ensure that all students receive vision screening, use a vision checklist, and develop resources or contacts for financial assistance or free services to those in need. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.