The Usefulness of Computer Assistive Technology for Persons with Visual Impairment
Keywords:Visual impairment, Assistive technology, Usefulness, QUEST.
Purpose State: To evaluate the usefulness of computer assistive software technology by persons with visual
impairment in their education, employment, communication, and leisure activities.
Methods: Hundred and sixteen individuals with visual impairment were recruited from the rehabilitation
center of LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. The mean age of the study participants was 24.99 years (range
16 to 48, median 42 years), and 81(69.8%) were male. QUEST (2.0) was administered to measure outcomes.
Data collected were analyzed with SPSS software.
Results: JAWS is the most preferred and used software 110(94.8%). Computer usage was indicated for more
than 7 hours per week by more than half of the participants 55(56.0%). The usefulness of assistive software
was reported for education 114(98%), communication 112(96.5%), job 52(44.82%), and leisure activities
101(87.06%). Proficiency in accessing computer applications with Assistive Technology was appreciated in
programs such as MSWord 10(8.6) to 64(55.2) MS – Excel 16(13.8) to 57(49.1), MS- Powerpoint 30(25.9)
to 43(37.1), Internet 19(16.4) to 54(46.6), Social websites 20(17.2) to 25(21.6) and Accountancy 5(4.3) to
3(2.6). The overall QUEST mean score of 4.67 with 4.5 on device subscale and 4.8 on service subscale
demonstrated participants’ satisfaction on assistive software.
Discussion: Assistive software technology can support persons having visual impairment, with gainful
employment, social inclusion, and confidence in the community.
Implications for practitioners: Assistive software technology would be very helpful to the persons with
visual impairment if they are taught and put into practise pro-actively by eye care providers.
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