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Meeting the specific requirements of Blind and Partially Sighted Students studying in Higher Education in the UK

Meeting the specific requirements of Blind and Partially Sighted Students studying in Higher Education in the UK

1. Introduction This guide is written in response to the Disability Discrimination Act (2005), with particular reference to blind and partially sighted students. Initially the guide targeted academic staff at the University of Plymouth but it was felt that the guidance contained within it might be valuable to colleagues throughout the sector. In particular, it provides a resource to support staff in meeting their „duty‟ to make those „anticipatory reasonable adjustments‟ which form the background to the Act.

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A Comparison of Emotion Regulation Strategies of Blind Students With Sighted Students

A Comparison of Emotion Regulation Strategies of Blind Students With Sighted Students

The results of variance analysis indicated a signifi- cant difference between the two groups in using the suppression strategy too. The blind group used it less. Considering that impulse control is a kind of emotional suppression, the result is consistent with the findings of Hossainian and Emamipur [17] who indicated that blind people are less able to control their impulses. Blind peo- ple indicate more visible facial gestures compared with sighted people which could be due to the former’s inabil- ity to effectively use emotion regulation strategies [25]. Perhaps the inability of these people in observing the emotions of others in emotional situations does not al- low them to suppress their emotions. They indicate their emotions to the other person to know how they feel now.
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IPAtranscriptor – A Python program for narrow phonetic transcription for blind and sighted linguists

IPAtranscriptor – A Python program for narrow phonetic transcription for blind and sighted linguists

Other methods and tools already exist which help to make the International Phonetic Alphabet assessible to blind people. One example is a tactile IPA magnet-board system (Lillehaugen et al. 2014). It consists of a box with magnetic tokens which have either embossed and printed IPA symbols on them or Braille characters and printed descriptions like, for example, ‘nasal’. The tactile IPA magnet-board system was devised when a blind student enrolled in a Phonetics and Phonology course at Haverford College in Pennsylvania (Heffernan 2016). While this tool is particularly useful for collaborative in-class activities of visually impaired and sighted students of Linguistics, it is not suitable for storing accessible phonetic transcriptions more permanently and electronically.
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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND ADJUSTMENT AMONG VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND SIGHTED SCHOOL STUDENTS

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND ADJUSTMENT AMONG VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND SIGHTED SCHOOL STUDENTS

Education play very important role for development of personality. For the quality of education in the schools the adjustment and emotional intelligence of students is very much important. Adjustment as an achievement means how efficiently an individual can perform his duties in different circumstances like business, military, education and other Social activities need efficient and well-adjusted man for the progress of nation. If we interpret adjustment as an achievement, then we will have to set the criteria to judge the quality of adjustment. A person's innate ability to perceive and manage his/her own emotions in a manner that results in successful interactions with the environment, and if others are present, to also perceive and manage their emotions in a manner that results in successful interpersonal interaction. In the present study researcher selected 300 students (150 visually impaired and 150 sighted) by purposive sampling technique. Researcher used Adjustment Inventory for School Students (AISS) by Sinha, A.K.P. and Singh, R.P. (1993) and Mangal Emotional Intelligence Inventory Mangal and Mangal (2004) to collect the data. The result shows that the there is significant relationship between emotional intelligence and adjustment and sighted students have better intelligent and adjusted than visually impaired students.
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Sighted and visually impaired students’ perspectives of illustrations, diagrams and drawings in school science

Sighted and visually impaired students’ perspectives of illustrations, diagrams and drawings in school science

While researchers signal the importance of IDD in science they also signal the need to be able to understand the rules associated with IDD or codes implicit within IDD in order to be able to reach the best interpretation of an IDD. These are visual rules and vis- ual experiences. In order for visually impaired students to have a better understanding of diagrammatic rules or codes when using IDD in science lessons, they need to be encouraged at an early age, not only to learn haptically with explanation, but some advocate that they also need to learn to draw. As Maneki (2013) explained, to be tactile fluent the person needs to be proficient in Braille read- ing and writing and proficient in drawing and interpreting dia- grams. Maneki (2013) suggests that visually impaired children, like sighted children, should be encouraged to read and draw before kindergarten. This needs to be supported throughout their edu- cation, just as sighted students are supported in their learning through experience (including observation and making drawings). This would tie in with Constructivist views on learning, which suggest that a learner responds to sensory experiences by build- ing personal cognitive structures, which constitute the meaning and understanding of their world (Saunders, 1992). As Harlen (2010) noted, babies move their heads and eyes looking particularly at straight lines and contrasts and soon learn to predict movement. For example, when a ball rolls behind a screen they look at the point where it should reappear. In the same way children learn at a very early age about how something is visibly obscured when something is in front of it. These are aspects of understanding science and drawings/diagrams at an early age. However, if a student is con- genitally blind or has (some form of) congenitally partial sight then many of the aspects listed earlier are not incidentally learned. This lack of incidental learning means that students with a visual impairment are at a disadvantage when it comes to understanding science diagrams. Similarly, the ability to understand IDD can also be influenced by the student’s life experiences.
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Comparison of the traumatic dental injuries between visually impaired

and their peer sighted children in Kerman, Iran

Comparison of the traumatic dental injuries between visually impaired and their peer sighted children in Kerman, Iran

From the 80 students with severe low vision or blind, according to their parents’ reports, 25% of them (20 patients) at least had one history of trauma to the primary anterior teeth in their preschool ages. This ratio for 80 sighted students was just 6.25.00% (5 patients). Hence, a significant difference was observed between two groups of blind and healthy children (P < 0.001) (Table 1). About 4% of sighted students (n = 3) had at least one of the types of the dental injuries in their permanent incisor teeth. This percentage among blind children was 35.00% (n = 28). In this relation, a significant statistical difference between two groups was observed (P < 0.001) (Table 2). In case of existing hypo plastic lesions (Turner’s hypoplasia) on labial surface of permanent incisor teeth, 32.00% of blind students (26 patients) had these lesions, while only 13.75% of sighted students (11 patients) showed these lesions and difference between the two groups of students was significant in case of hypo plastic lesions frequency on Table 1. Frequency of trauma history to the primary incisor teeth of blind and sighted children
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Photoentrainment in blind and sighted rodent species: responses to photophase light with different wavelengths

Photoentrainment in blind and sighted rodent species: responses to photophase light with different wavelengths

Our results showed contrasting responses between the two species in terms of mean 6-SMT levels under the varying photophase wavelength. In M. socialis, the amplitude, mesor and day/night differences of 6-SMT were most notable in response to short- wavelength exposure whereas, in S. ehrenbergi, augmented responses were evident under long-wavelength exposure (Table 1) (supplementary material Table S2). These results suggest that short- wavelength monochromatic light provides the optimal entrainment wavelength for regulating melatonin rhythm in the visually intact M. socialis. This suggestion is consistent with previous data for action spectra in sighted rodents, which have shown that blue light shifted the action sensitivity for circadian photoentrainment (Peichl, 2005; Bullough et al., 2006). Conversely, ‘blind’ S. ehrenbergi have a much lower sensitivity to wavelength in which the optimal entrainment for melatonin rhythms is achieved under long- wavelength monochromatic daytime light.
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Usefulness and acceptability of a standardised orientation and mobility training for partially sighted older adults using an identification cane

Usefulness and acceptability of a standardised orientation and mobility training for partially sighted older adults using an identification cane

outdoors or in more complex situations. It is unclear what reasons underlie this lack of optimization by the mobility trainers who essentially have a 'carte blanche' for the training in its entirety, e.g., content, delivery, number of sessions. Additionally, in the standardised training group formulating, performing and evaluating action plans was largely lacking, since only 36 to 54% of the participants were exposed to action planning during the first session and this decreased to 4 to 14% in the sec- ond session. Trainers considered the applied techniques, such as action planning, often too demanding for the participant. These downsides of the intervention may be caused by two factors. First, trainers may have been in- sufficiently familiar with behavioural change techniques in general and using action plans in particular due to the limited time for instruction on the standardised training and the limited number of participants per trainer. Sec- ond, trainers may not have been convinced of the need to use action plans since they had not experienced its benefits for participants. Further, trainers considered the standardised training too time and/or paper consuming. This may also be explained by the limited time for in- struction of the mobility trainers and the limited applica- tion of the standardised training by the mobility trainers, as during the instruction it was stressed that the written protocol and its forms should be considered as a guid- ance until the trainer gained sufficient experience to know the training method by heart. Lastly, although par- ticipants considered the trainer’s attention for psycho- logical barriers insufficient, they reported an increase of feelings of safety, self-confidence and recognition by using the ID cane. These positive effects of the trainings reported by participants are in accordance with other studies evaluating low vision rehabilitation in general [20-22]. For instance, Engel et al. demonstrated an in- crease in self-confidence of partially-sighted older adults in their daily life activities after an O&M-training pro- gram [21]. Eklund and colleagues found strong evidence for an ADL health education programme for partially- sighted older adults to enhance security and to hinder a progressive decline in perceived security in ADL [22].
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A Comparative Study of Simple Auditory Reaction Time and
Tactile Sensitivity in Blind And Sighted Individuals

A Comparative Study of Simple Auditory Reaction Time and Tactile Sensitivity in Blind And Sighted Individuals

By the time of puberty, projections between the striate and extra striate cortex have developed normally in those who have not suffered from visual deprivation. And also, the late blinds have been exposed to visual stimuli at some point. They reported that they transform tactile stimuli into a visual image because of their previous exposure. Then the cause behind the difference in activation of visual imagery in late blind and sighted is that the late - blind persons do not have competing thalamic inputs. The normally existing reciprocal connections between the medial temporal and V1 may be even more numerous for congenitally blind people as competition from visual input is not an issue.( Amedi et al., 2003 128 ). The increased number of feedback pathways in the
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Decoding Auditory Motion Direction And Location In hMT+/V5 And Planum Temporale Of Sighted And Blind Individuals

Decoding Auditory Motion Direction And Location In hMT+/V5 And Planum Temporale Of Sighted And Blind Individuals

Overall, our findings expand upon previous knowledge about auditory motion and static location processing, and the functional specializations of cross-modal plasticity. Future studies could investigate the causal role of such re-distribution of computational roles between motion areas, and whether the interplay between intra- and cross-modal plasticity could shed lights on effective processing of auditory input (Stevens et al. 2007; Gougoux et al. 2005; Amedi et al. 2003; Voss et al. 2008; Voss et al. 2011; Lewald 2013). One way of investigating the causal role of the re-distributed workload would be to stimulate cortical areas with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to temporarily disrupt the auditory motion processing in these regions. Studies using TMS found that stimulating right dorsal occipital regions caused impairment on sound localization only in blind individuals (Collignon et al., 2007), and stimulating hMT+/V5 during tactile motion impaired accuracy, precision and speed perception only in the blind participants (Ricciardi et al. 2011; Basso et al. 2012). If the recruitment of occipital areas has a causal effect to the auditory motion perception in the early blind population, TMS applied over hMT+/V5 area could potentially reduce their performance on discriminating auditory motion direction. Moreover, investigating the contribution of hMT+/V5 activity to auditory motion perception in the sighted could reveal if the activation we observed in anterior hMT+/V5 for moving sounds also in the sighted plays a functional role in supporting auditory localization behavior. Based on our findings and on previous TMS studies in the tactile (Ricciardi et al. 2011) and auditory (Collignon et al. 2007) domains, we expect a decrease in auditory motion perception in the sighted group as well. However, this decrease would be enhanced in the early blind population.
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Towards collaboration between sighted and visually impaired developers in the context of Model-Driven Engineering

Towards collaboration between sighted and visually impaired developers in the context of Model-Driven Engineering

The work of Metatla et al. [12] and Bryan-Kinns et al. [1] explore the use of cross-modality to make diagrams more accessible to workers with visual dis- abilities. In this context, cross-modality means using more than one sensorial channel to convey or acquire information. A workshop was organized to help the researchers better understand the issues they were dealing with and the needs of their target users. As a result of the workshop they identified that the two limitations that all current aproaches share are the inability to create and edit the diagrams without the assistance of a sighted person and the inefficiency on use of collaborative interaction.
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U.S. Subprime Crisis: H.R. 3915 - A Far-Sighted Solution to the Mortgage Crisis

U.S. Subprime Crisis: H.R. 3915 - A Far-Sighted Solution to the Mortgage Crisis

The House Bill, as reported by the Financial Services Committee, establishes a Federal duty of care for mortgage originators; prohibits steering consumers to mortgages[r]

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Alpha- band oscillations reflect external spatial coding for tactile stimuli in sighted, but not in congenitally blind humans

Alpha- band oscillations reflect external spatial coding for tactile stimuli in sighted, but not in congenitally blind humans

sighted individuals: source analysis. Having established that total power reflected genuine processing that is distinct from processing that determines ERPs, we followed up significant effects by identifying their neu- ral sources using a beamforming approach. Following attended compared to unattended stimuli with uncrossed hands, alpha-band activity (10–14 Hz) at 400 ms post-stimulus was significantly suppressed in a broad area of the ipsilateral hemisphere relative to the stimulated hand, including sensorimotor as well as parieto–occipital regions (CBPT: p < 0.001; Fig.  3Cc ). Consistent with the results of the sensor-level analysis, the attention-related suppres- sion effect was observable but reduced when the hands were crossed (CBPT: p = 0.003; see Fig.  3Cf ). This inter- action between attention and posture originated from ipsilateral posterior parietal cortex (Fig.  3Ci ; p = 0.007; absolute maximum at MNI coordinate [30 −81 56]), extending into angular gyrus, S1, S2, and occipital regions.
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Baseline MNREAD Measures for Normally Sighted Subjects From Childhood to Old Age

Baseline MNREAD Measures for Normally Sighted Subjects From Childhood to Old Age

Citation: Calabrèse, A., Cheong, A. M., Cheung, S. H., He, Y., Kwon, M., Mansfield, J. S., Subramanian, A., Yu, D. and Legge, G. (2016). Baseline MNREAD Measures for Normally Sighted Subjects From Childhood to Old Age. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 57(8), pp. 3836-3843. doi: 10.1167/iovs.16-19580

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Board leadership and governance for clear-sighted CEO succession at Air New Zealand

Board leadership and governance for clear-sighted CEO succession at Air New Zealand

Palmer was convinced that effective leadership from a governance perspective required him to address first the composition of the board of directors to bring vision and relevance to Ne[r]

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Electromyographic patterns of lower limb muscles during gait in Congenital Blindness and Sighted People

Electromyographic patterns of lower limb muscles during gait in Congenital Blindness and Sighted People

Motion performances in blind people are exclusively related to sensory information provided by other senses other than vision, such as tactile, proprioceptive system, vestibular, and these senses develop in both muscle activity and motor coordination. These people control their posture with the remaining senses [9]. Posture control systems in blind people may be more unstable compared to sighted people, but over time, they create the necessary performance to deal with the environment [15-19].

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STUDY OF SUITABLE METHODS TO FACILITATE INDEPENDENT SELF ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES IN A GROUP OF BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED PERSONS IN SRI LANKA

STUDY OF SUITABLE METHODS TO FACILITATE INDEPENDENT SELF ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES IN A GROUP OF BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED PERSONS IN SRI LANKA

Preferences was given by the participants for the methods developed based on the ease of reading large font sized letters, ease of recognition by sight and touch, resemblance of shapes to actual objects and the amount of information conveyed by the methods developed. The large font sized labels were read with ease by the majority of partially sighted participants. Thus, this method obtained the highest first preference among them.

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Dental and medical health status and oral health knowledge among visually impaired and sighted female schoolchildren in Riyadh: a comparative study

Dental and medical health status and oral health knowledge among visually impaired and sighted female schoolchildren in Riyadh: a comparative study

Methods: This analytical cross-sectional study was carried out on 79 visually impaired and 83 age-matched sighted female primary school children. The children ’ s demographic data, medical history, and dental history were obtained through a validated questionnaire. The study population was examined to evaluate their dental caries status using the Decayed Missing Filled Teeth/Surface indices DMFT/DMFS/ and dmft/dmfs for permanent and primary teeth, respectively. Oral hygiene index (OHI), Plaque index (PI) and gingival index (GI) were obtained for periodontal evaluation. Pearson ’ s Chi- square test and t-test were used for the statistical analyses.
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Students Engaging Students in the Honors Experience

Students Engaging Students in the Honors Experience

In order to help new honors students make a smooth transition from high school or traditional HCC classes into the honors institute, the student is assigned an honors ambassador. The goal of the Honors Ambassador Program is to create an enthusiastic and active honors student community through strong, personal relationships with peers. Initiatives of the honors institute’s ambassador program are diverse. Ambassadors strive to cultivate a community environment in the honors institute, to generate smooth academic and social transitions for new students, to promote participation and retention of students in the honors institute, to mentor students through regular guidance and com- munication, to educate students about the variety of benefits available to hon- ors students, to promote the honors institute during college nights at local high schools and in the community, and to accept moral responsibilities including leadership, thoughtful self-governance, and service to others.
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The Practical And Procedural Repercussions of Short-Sighted, Underfunded Reforms And The Prohibition Of Teleconferencing In Baker Act Hearings: WILL DOE V. STATE BE The Straw That Breaks Judges\u27 Backs?

The Practical And Procedural Repercussions of Short-Sighted, Underfunded Reforms And The Prohibition Of Teleconferencing In Baker Act Hearings: WILL DOE V. STATE BE The Straw That Breaks Judges\u27 Backs?

referred to as (“The Baker Act”) for uniformity.. patients’ procedural and substantive due process rights. 5 These violations would affect the fairness of these hearing[r]

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