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D. Yun, A. Clapp, S. Eklund, D. Gotto, L. Mayer, K. Miller, T. Miller, A. Ross, A. Fulton; Assisting the Development of Visually Impaired Students Through Online Resources (ADVISOR) . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005;46(13):681.
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Purpose: Establish an interactive Internet portal to facilitate communication among New England parents of children with visual impairments; the children’s teachers and eye care professionals. Methods: The New England ADVISOR e–Collaborative engaged to share resources and conduct common activities capitalizing upon electronic Internet resources. Factual information about vision was created and gathered, then evaluated and disseminated. Instructional modules were created for doctors and teachers of the blind and visually impaired to assist in training and educational outreach. Multimedia was used to simulate visual effects to enhance understanding. The Internet was used as a platform to gather and disseminate information creating a perpetual cycle of knowledge. Results: The ADVISOR is online at http://www.e–advisor.us. The Doctor’s Information Resource has emerged in the recent stages of the project as a cornerstone of factual information presented online about the most common eye disorders. Current perspectives on ROP and CVI have been written. Updated and new simulations of visual functions have been prepared. Visual materials for ERG, VEP and Lo–Vision testing have been produced for educational outreach. A State–to–State platform on the ADVISOR website has been initiated to facilitate data sharing among the collaborating agencies throughout New England. The information presented has been designed for hi–contrast screen readers and Bobby Approved for optimal accessibility. Conclusions: The e–ADVISOR Internet resource capitalizes upon emerging digital technologies to improve communication and provide educational materials. It supports informed ophthalmic care through the sharing of knowledge among parents, teachers of the visually impaired and eye care professionals. It offers an online resource designed for today's computer generation.
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