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Title: Improving the understanding of the innate abilities and navigational strategies (NSs) of visually impaired people (VIP) : an analysis and modelling of the variables and their spatial navigational abilities to assist in the design of the built environment
Author: Wu, Ji-Wei
ISNI:       0000 0004 5989 2496
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: Glasgow School of Art
Date of Award: 2014
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There may be a predominant tendency that current researchers and design practitioners approach research and designing for visually impaired people (VIP) by using a 'deficit-based' approach or model, which concentrates on addressing their disabilities or limitations resulting from visual impairment (VI), and through the kinds of design strategies and methods they use. Even though these kinds of deficit-based approaches may assist designers to get a sense of the limitations of impaired vision, they are not helpful for designers to understand the more resourceful 'assets' and strategies that VIP may already have developed and use in everyday life. Rather than addressing their disabilities, this research has used an 'asset-based' approach to develop a deeper understanding of VIP's innate capabilities and to establish the extent to which variables such as age, when and how VI occurred, and the kinds of environments they encounter which can affect their use of different kinds and combinations of navigational strategies (NSs), when making a variety of journeys within familiar and unfamiliar environments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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