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Title: Comparison of three orientation and mobility aids for individuals with blindness: Verbal description, audio-tactile map and audio-haptic map
Authors: Papadopoulos, Konstantinos
Koustriava, Eleni
Koukourikos, Panagiotis
Kartasidou, Lefkothea
Barouti, Marialena
Varveris, Asimis
Misiou, Marina
Zacharogeorga, Timoclia
Anastasiadis, Theocharis
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Educational sciences::Education, special (including:to gifted persons, those with learning disabilities)
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Psychology::Psychology, special (including: therapy for learning, speech, hearing, visual and other physical and mental disabilities)
Keywords: audio-haptic map
audio-tactile map
spatial knowledge
haptic devices
Subjects MESH: Orientation, Spatial
Visually Impaired Persons
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
First Page: 1
Last Page: 7
Abstract: Disorientation and inability of wayfinding are phenomena with a great frequency for individuals with visual impairments during the process of travelling novel environments. Orientation and mobility aids could suggest important tools for the preparation of a more secure and cognitively mapped travelling. The aim of the present study was to examine if spatial knowledge structured after an individual with blindness had studied the map of an urban area that was delivered through a verbal description, an audio-tactile map or an audio-haptic map, could be used for detecting in the area specific points of interest. The effectiveness of the three aids with reference to each other was also examined. The results of the present study highlight the effectiveness of the audio-tactile and the audio-haptic maps as orientation and mobility aids, especially when these are compared to verbal descriptions.
ISSN: 1040-0435
Electronic ISSN: 1949-3614
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/10400435.2016.1171809
Appears in Collections:Department of Educational & Social Policy

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