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Volume 41 Number 3a, May/June 2004
Pages 337 — 346


Abstract - Mobility function in older veterans improves after blind rehabilitation
Thomas Kuyk, PhD; Jeffry L. Elliott, MS; Johnna Wesley, MS; Kay Scilley, PhD; Elizabeth McIntosh, MS;
Susan Mitchell, MS; Cynthia Owsley, MSPH, PhD
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Birmingham, AL; Departments of Physiological
Optics and Ophthalmology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Abstract — This study was conducted to investigate the effects of blind rehabilitation training on self-reported mobility function in visually impaired adults. Mobility function was assessed with a questionnaire administered before and 2 months after subjects completed a comprehensive blind rehabilitation program that included orientation and mobility training. Subjects rated the level of difficulty performing in 26 of 34 mobility situations as significantly lower after rehabilitation. Subjects also rated their confidence as higher after rehabilitation. Substantial improvement occurred in the self-reported mobility function of visually impaired adults after blind rehabilitation and mobility training.

Key words: mobility performance, orientation and mobility training, visual function, visual impairment.

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