May 2007
Volume 48, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2007
An Online Interactive Educational Resource to Assist the Development of Visually Impaired Students Through Online Resources
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • D. C. Gotto
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • F. Abbott
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • A. Clapp
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • S. Eklund
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • A. Fulton
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • L. Mayer
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • K. Miller
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • T. Miller
    Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts
  • A. Ross
    Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts
  • D. Yun
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships D.C. Gotto, None; F. Abbott, None; A. Clapp, None; S. Eklund, None; A. Fulton, None; L. Mayer, None; K. Miller, None; T. Miller, None; A. Ross, None; D. Yun, None.
  • Footnotes
    Support NLM Grant G08LM008108
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2007, Vol.48, 2411. doi:
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      D. C. Gotto, F. Abbott, A. Clapp, S. Eklund, A. Fulton, L. Mayer, K. Miller, T. Miller, A. Ross, D. Yun; An Online Interactive Educational Resource to Assist the Development of Visually Impaired Students Through Online Resources. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):2411.

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Abstract

Purpose:: Provide an online interactive educational resource to Assist the Development of Visually Impaired Students through Online Resources (ADVISOR).

Methods:: The ADVISOR project coordinated a regional group effort consisting of 13 New England agencies for children who are blind or visually impaired. Educational multimedia teaching components, factual information sets, and interactive simulations were developed to facilitate communication among parents, teachers and doctors. Emerging electronic and Internet technologies were used to enhance the bi-directional exchange of information between the information provider and the online viewer. Ongoing patient-centered focus groups are conducted with parents to assess and improve project information content. Web statistics software was implemented that analyzed trends and suggested an improvement in the site's overall design, content and information accessibility for all parties of interest.

Results:: The ADVISOR is online at http://www.e-advisor.us. The Symbol Matching Game has been developed to assist in acuity testing for young children by familiarizing them with LEA and HOTV symbols. The Virtual Acuity Lab, a detailed and comprehensive module on testing techniques and demonstrations for visual acuity has been developed. A Rich Site Summary enabled news page featuring the latest in Accessible Technology has been developed and is updated regularly. Accessibility standards have been updated for the entire website, including Level AAA conformance to the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines, Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act validation, Cascading Style Sheets and XHTML. Real-time font size adjustment and hi-contrast viewing modes have been built into the website to improve the accessibility and user experience overall. A custom Content Management System has been implemented, allowing more efficient website management.

Conclusions:: The ADVISOR Project and e-Collaborative endeavors to present educated and informed ophthalmic care by facilitating the communication among parents, teachers and eye doctors of children with visual impairment. With the emergence of new electronic technologies and the onset of Web 2.0, the opportunity for improved learning methods and educational techniques through the Internet can benefit disabled individuals. The ADVISOR is largely self-sustainable and is a quintessential educational resource on the Internet.

Keywords: learning • visual development: infancy and childhood • quality of life 
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