The effectiveness of instruction in telescope usage by adults with visual impairment
Martinez, Rachel Allyson Rickard
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The ability to travel safely significantly affects a person's quality of life. Independence and travel can be especially difficult for people who are visually impaired. In order to travel, people with visual impairments need to remain oriented to their environment. A telescope aids in orientation, which increases a person's independence. Using the information gained by the telescope to understand one's location, and getting to a destination safely can increase social interactions and impact a person's self-esteem. Therefore, research in efficient telescope training techniques is critical. This study had two major objectives. The first objective was to determine the effectiveness of instruction in the use of the spotting technique to increase the efficiency and speed of locating stationary targets using a telescope. The second objective was to determine the effectiveness of instruction in the use of the spotting technique to increase the efficiency and speed of locating moving targets with the use of a telescope.