Increasing the level of participation of individuals with vision impairment and multiple disabilities: an analysis of the Multisensory Environment literature

Sirkkola, Marja, and Pagliano, Paul (2009) Increasing the level of participation of individuals with vision impairment and multiple disabilities: an analysis of the Multisensory Environment literature. Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, 4 (1). pp. 15-24.

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Abstract

The aim of this survey of the literature is to identify methods to promote greater levels of participation of individuals with vision impairment and multiple disabilities in Multisensory Environment research. The analysis of 42 studies reveals participation of individuals with vision impairment and multiple disabilities is not yet explicitly employed in MSE research. However, MSE staff members do express interest in developing more effective communication strategies and recognise the need to engage in critical self-reflection to encourage increased levels of participation. Key strategies to endorse participation identified were trans-disciplinary teamwork where the person with vision impairment and multiple disabilities is included as a team member, staff education that focuses on participatory research knowledge and the application of an ongoing reflexive-dialectical perspective on practice.

Item ID: 9422
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: vision impairment; Snoezelen; multiple disabilities; participatory action research; multisensory environment
ISSN: 1443-7597
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2010 23:30
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 100%
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