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ERIC Number: EJ1168771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Improving Vision Awareness in Autism Services: Evaluation of a Dedicated Education Programme for Support Practitioners
Long, Joseph J.; Butchart, Maggie; Brown, Michael; Bain, Janice; McMillan, Anne; Karatzias, Thanos
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v31 n2 pe244-e252 Mar 2018
Background: The research reported here sought to evaluate whether a dedicated education programme in vision awareness improved the knowledge and skills of autism support practitioners in identifying visual impairment in autistic people with intellectual disabilities and providing better support to those individuals identified as visually impaired. Methods: Researchers undertook a mixed methods evaluation. A survey questionnaire was devised and administered before and after training and focus groups were undertaken in order to gain qualitative data relating how practitioners implemented their learning in practice. Results: Knowledge confidence and practice confidence scores of participants were significantly improved by the programme, which maintained its impact one year on. Practitioners reported increased access to optometry, changes to support practice and improvements to service environments as a result of the training. Conclusion: Autism support practitioners' skills in identifying and supporting people with visual impairments were demonstrably enhanced through dedicated vision training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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