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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The Influence Of Assistive Technology Devices On The Performance Of Activities By Visually Impaired
Author: Rabello S.
Freire Gasparetto M.E.R.
de Freitas Alves C.C.
Monteiro G.B.M.
de Carvalho K.M.
Abstract: Objective: To establish the influence of assistive technology devices (ATDs) on the performance of activities by visually impaired schoolchildren in the resource room. Methods: A qualitative study that comprised observation and an educational intervention in the resource room. The study population comprised six visually impaired schoolchildren aged 12 to 14 years old. The participants were subjected to an eye examination, prescribed ATDs comprising optical and non-optical devices, and provided an orientation on the use of computers. The participants were assessed based on eye/object distance, font size, and time to read a computer screen and printed text. Results: The ophthalmological conditions included corneal opacity, retinochoroiditis, retinopathy of prematurity, aniridia, and congenital cataracts. Far visual acuity varied from 20/200 to 20/800 and near visual acuity from 0.8 to 6 M. Telescopes, spherical lenses, and support magnifying glasses were prescribed. Three out of five participants with low vision after intervention could decrease the font size on the screen computer, and most participants (83.3%) reduced their reading time at the second observation session. Relative to the printed text, all the participants with low vision were able to read text written in smaller font sizes and reduced their reading time at the second observation session. Conclusion: Reading skills improved after the use of ATDs, which allowed the participants to perform their school tasks equally to their classmates.
Editor: Sociedade Brasileira de Oftalmologia
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.5935/0034-7280.20140023
Date Issue: 2014
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