Perception of Blind Rehabilitation Services Among Adults with Acquired Blindness in Nigeria: Attention to Functional Goals

Emmanuel Bassey, Caroline Ellison, Ruth Walker

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Abstract

Like other sub-Saharan African nations, Nigeria has a relatively high proportion of adults with acquired vision loss. This study investigates the impacts of becoming blind in adulthood and how the use of blind rehabilitation services addresses functional needs, supports activities of daily living, and enhances participation in educational, vocational, and community activities. Adopting a qualitative and interpretative approach, we conducted in-depth interviews with eight adult users of blind rehabilitation services. Three broad themes were identified: (1) psycho-emotional responses to vision loss; (2) impacts on participation in education, employment, and community; and (3) positive impact of blind rehabilitation services. Findings are discussed in the context of the international literature, and suggestions that may enhance the blind rehabilitation services are made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-16
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Visual Impairment
Volume37
Issue number1
Early online date3 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Functional goals
  • Perceptions
  • Qualitative
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Vision loss
  • Nigeria

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