ERIC Number: ED409667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Literacy Levels: Final Report.
Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.; Pennsylvania Coll. of Optometry, Philadelphia. Inst. for the Visually Impaired.
This document presents reports of three projects to identify and analyze the appropriate use of instruction in Braille, optical devices, and other technologies as they relate to literacy and employment of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The first project examined the choice of reading medium of 68 individuals (blind or visually impaired) matched by employment status and primary mode of communication. The second project analyzed available training curricula for various reading modalities (Braille, low vision devices, and technology) and the teaching of reading to people with visual impairments. The third project involved a meta-analysis study of literacy and persons with visual impairments. Over 70 publications were incorporated into this review of the literature. The document presents the full text of the following five reports based on these projects: (1) "Literacy, Employment, and Mode of Access to Printed Information" (Rita Livingston and Laurel Tucker); (2) "Overview of Braille Literacy for Rehabilitation Teachers" (Lynne Luxton); (3) "Training for Reading with Low Vision" (Marshall E. Flax); (4) "Using Assistive Technology in Literacy Education for Learners Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired" (Jay Gense and Marilyn H. Gense); and (5) "The Relationship between Literacy and Employment for Persons with Visual Impairments: A Review of the Literature" (Alana M. Zambone and Mary Jean Sanspree). (Individual papers contain references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.; Pennsylvania Coll. of Optometry, Philadelphia. Inst. for the Visually Impaired.