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Title: Challenges of Late Visually Impaired Persons Life: The case of Addis Hiwot Center for the blind in Addis Ababa
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Alemayehu T/Mariam (PHD)
Zelalem, Belachew
Keywords: visual impairments and to understand
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to examine the current challenges of four persons with late visual impairments and to understand the situation of their current life appearance in Addis Ababa with particular reference to Addis Hiwot Center for persons with visual impairment. The result of the study was believed to be helpful for the four persons acquired late blind, after 18 years in the study area. In order to achieve the objectives of this study, the researcher followed qualitative research approach with descriptive case study design the research participants consists of 4 late visually impaired persons ( 2 males and 2 females) in the Addis Hiwot Center, were purposefully selected to obtain the relevant data for the research questions. In-depth interview was carried out with the participants at the center. Besides focus group discussion was held among 6 people and their information was recorded. Personal documents of the late visual impaired persons were cross-checked. The data collected through the above instruments were organized based on the thematic of the research questions of the study and finally analyzed case by case and cross case study. The result of the study revealed that there is various similarities of challenges between the life of the four late visually impaired persons in areas of social, emotional, economic and technological aspects following they had acquired the incident. They were also experienced different life challenges in which they also differ in their cases. Gradually the case participants revealed that currently they lead a better life after they have had joined the center at Addis Hiwot where they have received proper intervention. They have currently good social interaction at their work place and felt positive reaction to them themselves and co-staffs. They adapted to the technology of computers and they function properly through the series of training they have received in the center. Finally, based on the findings, relevant conclusions and recommendations have been made.
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