international survey by blind student in Canada


I received the message below this morning, and thought many of you might be able to help this student.


My name is Natalie Martiniello and I am a PhD Candidate in the Visual Impairment & Rehabilitation program at the University of Montreal. I am working in collaboration with researchers at the Munich University of Applied Science on a new, international study that explores the use of mainstream smartphone and tablet computers among users with vision loss.  The expectation is that this survey will provide useful information for low vision rehabilitation professionals and product designers on how they might better meet the needs of visually impaired individuals.

We are currently seeking individuals who are blind, who have low vision or who are deaf-blind to participate in an online survey about their use of smartphones and tablet computers.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. 

Natalie Martiniello, M.Sc, CVRT

Email: natalina.martiniello@...

Blind and Low Vision Participants Needed for Survey on Smartphone and Tablet Usage!

Individuals who are blind or who have low vision are invited to participate in a new, international study by the University of Montreal and the Munich University of Applied Sciences that explores the use of mainstream smartphone and tablet computers among users with vision loss.

The aim of this study is to better understand which mainstream devices (smartphone or tablet computers, installable apps and accessibility features) are being used by individuals with vision loss, and what factors impact the decision to use a specific device for a particular task. Participation involves the completion of a confidential, online survey that should take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. The results from this survey will assist rehabilitation professionals and assistive technology instructors, by providing them with a better understanding of how to implement mainstream devices into their training.

Participants must be aged 18 years or older, must have been using a smartphone or tablet for at least three months, and must self-identify as having a visual impairment (blind or low vision).

You will have the option at the end of the survey to include your name in a draw for a $100 gift card to either the iTunes (Apple) or Google Play stores, and will also have the option to request a summary sheet of the results once the study is complete.

This project has been approved by the ethics committee of the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en readaptation (CRIR).

If you would like to take part, you can learn more about the study and how to sign up here:

We thank you for your participation and invite you to share with others in your networks!


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