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ERIC Number: EJ787541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0899-1510
How to Make Low Vision "Sexy": A Starting Point for Interdisciplinary Student Recruitment
Wittich, Walter; Strong, Graham; Renaud, Judith; Southall, Kenneth
RE:view: Rehabilitation Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment, v38 n4 p157-163 Win 2007
Professionals in the field of low vision are increasingly concerned about the paucity of optometry students who are expressing any interest in low vision as a clinical subspecialty. Concurrent with this apparent disinterest is an increased demand for these services as the baby boomer population becomes more predisposed to age-related vision loss. The authors of the present study conducted a qualitative survey to investigate ways to attract more young professionals into the field of low vision. The results of their survey revealed areas of concern including advertising, financial incentives, equipment and facility costs, relevance for practice, gaining experience, ageism stereotypes, role models, and start-up opportunities, and yielded several suggestions that training institutions around the globe could consider and implement to redress the situation. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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