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Assistive Technology for Blindness and Low Vision by Roberto Manduchi, Sri Kurniawan

By Roberto Manduchi, Sri Kurniawan

''This booklet presents a entire review of the present cutting-edge in assistive know-how for people with visible impairment, in addition to broad insurance into promising new study instructions. starting with a short evaluation of the psychopathology of low imaginative and prescient and blindness, the textual content proceeds with in-depth descriptions of present know-how to help autonomous mobility and orientation, information Read more...

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In the earliest recordings of history there have been accounts of how people who were blind were treated by society. In some cultures people who were blind were ostracized and venerated. In other cultures people who were blind were given special status as seers and recorders of history. Mostly people who were blind were pitied and allowed to beg on the streets, which also became a special status of sorts. It was not until Valentine Hauy established the first school for the blind in Paris, France, in 1786, that people who were blind or visually impaired began to receive a formal education that took into account their special needs (Bledsoe 2010).

Related to the ergonomic design is the willingness to accept a device. Some people do not want to draw attention to their problem; hearing aid makers strive to make their devices as invisible as possible. Others wear dark glasses to alert others to the fact that they may have a vision problem. What may be acceptable for one person or one situation may not be acceptable for another person or for another situation. As a group, developers of technological solutions are at risk of overlooking such psychological problems.

Others wear dark glasses to alert others to the fact that they may have a vision problem. What may be acceptable for one person or one situation may not be acceptable for another person or for another situation. As a group, developers of technological solutions are at risk of overlooking such psychological problems. 10). To provide effective vision rehabilitation one must not only pay attention to how the EYES function, but also to how the PERSON functions. Solutions often involve as much training and practice as they involve technology.

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