ERIC Number: ED402729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Protocols for Choosing Low Vision Devices.
NIDRR Consensus Statement, v1 n4 Jan 25-27 1993
This consensus statement on best practices for choosing low-vision devices is a product of a 10-member expert panel which brought together a variety of disciplines as well as consumers for the purpose of synthesizing available scientific information to improve services to people with low vision. After an introductory section, the remaining sections address the following topics: (1) the clinical measurements and functional behaviors which can help define those adults who can benefit from low-vision devices; (2) the best standard clinical and functional assessment practices in vision rehabilitation; (3) assessment and referral services provided by primary care specialists; (4) the optical and functional characteristics of low-vision devices; (5) the best practices for determining which low-vision devices maximize visual function for adults with low vision; and (6) the instruction and guided practice which best ensures successful utilization of devices. Topics of needed research in the areas of technology, environmental issues, social/cultural applied research, service delivery, basic and clinical sciences, and personnel preparation are identified. (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Decision Making, Equipment Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Low Vision Aids, Partial Vision, Rehabilitation, Research Needs, Selection, Visual Impairments
James E. Doherty, Room 3423, Department of Education, The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 40 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-2646; telephone: 202-205-9151.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Note: Product of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Consensus Validation Conference (January 25-27, 1993).