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Reference number: 3873

The search for new methods of support

in order to improve the lives of the visually impaired

in their personal, professional and social environments

Focus: Transition

Topic: Living skills

Catherine Thibault

Head of educational department

Nataly Montaillé

Translator

Francis Guiteau

Manager

Institut Montéclair

51 rue du Vallon

49000 ANGERS

France

+ 33 (0)2 41 73 38 18

Cthibault@monteclair.fr

Nmontaille@monteclair.fr

Abstract:  During the last two decades, the methods of support for children and adults with visual impairments have been developed, including rehabilitation advancements (low vision, mobility, daily living skills) and technical supports increasingly adapted to their conditions ; this boosted their independence significantly (in everyday life, at school and at work).  Nevertheless, nowadays integration has become standardized.  What about their personal life, their social integration, their involvement in collective life and their relationships with the others (the family, the colleagues and their peers)? Moreover, how do professionals cope with these personal, social factors and how do they adapt their support to visually impaired people to encourage their integration (not only at school or in mainstream)? Based on these questions and on repeated observations regarding the difficulties met by visually impaired people during their lives, it appears essential for Monteclair Institute to carry out a survey.  Using a questionnaire, we hope to observe the visually impaired population in their personal and professional conditions.  300 visually impaired people between the ages of 20 and 60 were interviewed by professionals from our Institute.  The results will enable us to provide adapted support meet to their needs.


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Outline

  1. What is the purpose of this study ?
  2. Methodology
  3. Results
  4. Potential implementations


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What is the purpose of this study ?

1.1.   Initial observations

1.2.   Questions

1.3.   Objectives


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1.1.           Initial observations


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1.2.   Questions

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1.3.   Objectives


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2.             Methodology

2.1.   Selection of the study group

2.2.   Research methods


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2.1.     Selection of the study group

300 visually impaired individuals between the ages of 20 and 60 were chosen amongst those who had previously used the services provided by an Institute.

2.2.   Research methods

Ä    A questionnaire (171 questions)


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3.             Results

3.1.   General study group profile

3.2.   Analysis of academic and professional achievements

3.3.   Noted trends

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3.1 General study group profile


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3.2. Analysis of achievements

Ä    Academic achievements

Ä    Professional achievements

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3.3. Noted trends

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  1. Potential implementations

Ä    Direction of work determined at the end of May

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