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Teesside and District Society for the Blind, based in Stockton Road, Middlesbrough, is setting up a shopping escort scheme to help blind and visually impaired people.
According to the Vocational Rehabilitation Operations Manual developed by the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, adaptive equipment is defined as, "Those pieces of equipment or tools which enable a visually impaired person to obtain equal access to and reasonable accommodation on the job" (sec.
Comments by blind and visually impaired travelers who contributed to this publication suggest that providing clear and concise information about the lay-out and operation of the transit system in alternative formats and making better use of existing public address systems would greatly improve safety and accessibility.
Anita Aaron, executive director of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco, said, "We commend San Francisco for being the first public entity in the United States to voluntarily sign a comprehensive agreement regarding accessible pedestrian signal devices that are critical for pedestrian safety.
An education does not provide economic opportunity for blind and visually impaired women equal to that provided to their sighted peers, male or female, or to blind and visually impaired men, according to the preliminary results of a 3-year national study conducted by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Mississippi State University.
The June 1989 special issue of AFB's Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (JVIB), the leading international journal on blindness and low vision, featured discussion on how the choice of a reading and writing medium - print, braille, or a combination of the two - impacts the literacy rate of blind and visually impaired people.
For more information, contact: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756; phone: 800-872-5273 or 512-454-8631; web site: <www.
Consequently, many blind and visually impaired people may be prohibited from gaining entrance or advancing in one of the largest and fastest growing segments of the labor market.