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ERIC Number: EJ1064038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Defining Literacy for Individuals Who Are Blind or with Visual Impairments: A Qualitative Study of Stakeholders
Wang, Ye; Al-Said, Shariffa Khalid Qais
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v8 n2 p99-112 2014
We explored the notion of what constitutes literacy, particularly as it pertains to individuals who are blind or with visual impairments, including those that do not use Braille as their primary way to access and produce text. Four groups of stakeholders participated in the study: a) college students who were blind or with visual impairments, b) literacy specialists, c) teachers of individuals who were blind or with visual impairments, and d) professionals who were blind or with visual impairments. We interviewed each participant individually. We found a very complex understanding of what constituted literacy but a general consensus as to what literacy meant across those participants. We concluded that Braille was not the only viable approach to accessing text and legitimated audition as another feasible mode of literacy with contemporary technological advances. We also offered recommendations as to how this might be accomplished.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York