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Title: Environmental information for inclusion in orientation and mobility maps, identified by travelers with blindness: The cases of city centers and neighborhoods/residential areas
Authors: Papadopoulos, Konstantinos
Charitakis, Konstantinos
Koustriava, Eleni
Kouroupetroglou, Georgios
Stylianidis, Efstratios
Müller, Karin
Sakalli Gumus, Suad
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Psychology::Psychology, special (including: therapy for learning, speech, hearing, visual and other physical and mental disabilities)
Keywords: Audio-tactile maps
city centers
orientation and mobility aids
residential areas
user requirements
Issue Date: 2020
Source: British Journal of Visual Impairment
Volume: 38
Issue: 3
First Page: 333
Last Page: 346
Abstract: The aim of this study is to investigate the user requirements of individuals with blindness regarding the information to be mapped on audio-tactile maps of city centers and neighborhoods/residential areas. Beyond that specific scope, this study aims at covering a wider research gap. That is, the investigation of the usefulness that individuals with blindness attribute to different spatial information (items) of differentiated environments: city centers and neighborhoods/residential areas. A total of 115 adults with blindness took part in the research. Participants came from four countries: Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and Germany. The researchers listed 222 pieces of information concerning city centers and 226 pieces concerning neighborhoods/residential areas and address them in survey by conducting two respective questionnaires. Participants were asked to evaluate the information regarding the usefulness of the information with regard to safety, location of services, and orientation/wayfinding during movement. The result of the study is the definition of the most useful information that should be included in orientation and mobility (O&M) aids. Thus, the findings of this study will be particularly important for designers of O&M aids, O&M specialists, rehabilitation specialists, and teachers who design and construct O&M aids for their students with blindness.
ISSN: 0264-6196
Other Identifiers: 10.1177/0264619620913895
Appears in Collections:Department of Educational & Social Policy

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