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Title: Orientation and mobility aids for individuals with blindness: Verbal description vs. audio-tactile map
Authors: Papadopoulos, Konstantinos
Koustriava, Eleni
Koukourikos, Panagiotis
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Educational sciences
Keywords: audio-tactile map
orientation & mobility aids
verbal descriptions
Subjects MESH: Adult
Middle Aged
Spatial Navigation
Young Adult
Maps as Topic
Self-Help Devices
Sensory Aids
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA
Volume: 30
Issue: 4
First Page: 191
Last Page: 200
Abstract: Individuals with visual impairment face significant challenges traveling in the physical environment. Independent movement is directly connected to the quality of someone’s life, and thus, orientation and mobility issues are always listed among the top priorities of research in the field. The aim of the present research was to examine the level of accuracy of the cognitive map developed through the use of a verbal description versus the cognitive map developed using an audio-tactile map. A comparison of the effectiveness of the two mobility aids in detecting specific points of interest in the physical environment was an objective of the research. The procedure involved the study of a map using the two mobility aids, and an assessment through the transfer to the corresponding physical environment. The results suggest that an individual with visual impairment can acquire and use a functional cognitive map through the use of an audio-tactile map, while relying on a verbal description entails greater difficulty in detecting specific points of interest when he/she comes into the physical environment.
Electronic ISSN: 1949-3614
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/10400435.2017.1307879
Appears in Collections:Department of Educational & Social Policy

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