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Health, Physical Activity, and Recreation in Individuals with Visual Impairments, Deafblindness, or Visual Impairment with Additional Disabilities

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 3293

Special Issue Editors

Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education, College at Brockport, The State University of New York, Brockport, NY 14420, USA
Interests: adapted physical education; inclusion; visual impairment; motor development; physical activity
Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education, State University of New York at Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420, USA
Interests: balance and postural control in special populations such as older adults and children with visual impairment; motor development assessments
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Special Issue on Health, Physical Activity, and Recreation in Individuals with Visual Impairments, Deafblindness, or Visual Impairment with Additional Disabilities.

Individuals with visual impairments or deafblindness are a low-incidence population. Until recently research on this population has been limited. Health challenges are common due to limited opportunities, overprotection, lack of knowledge of the individual, a dearth of training for the teachers and parents, fear of injuries, and limited equipment. Although there is an emergent and limited evidence base that includes descriptive, qualitative, intervention, and quasi-experimental research designs, much more research is needed in this area. Ideally, additional research is necessary to improve health and fitness indices in individuals and with visual impairment and deafblindness across the lifespan. Lastly, individuals with visual impairment with additional disabilities have been non-existent in the research literature to date. This population is more common than individuals with only a visual impairment or only deafblindness. This is a very important topic that needs to be addressed related to health, physical activity, and recreation. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue. Here, are some examples, though authors are not limited to these choices:

  1. Experimental or intervention research examining benefits to the health and fitness indices of individuals with visual impairment, deafblindness, and additional disabilities;
  2. Assessment of the current status of health, fitness, motor skills, or recreation of individuals with visual impairment, deafblindness, and additional disabilities;
  3. Longitudinal, cross-sectional, descriptive, and qualitative inquiries are all encouraged for submission.

Prof. Dr. Lauren Lieberman
Prof. Dr. Pamela Beach
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • motor skills
  • physical education
  • health education
  • nutrition
  • wellness
  • outdoor adventure
  • movement
  • health-related fitness
  • blindness
  • multiple disabilities, deafblind

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Exploring the Experiences of Runners with Visual Impairments and Sighted Guides
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(19), 12907; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912907 - 08 Oct 2022
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Running is a popular sport, and, with simple modifications, it can be accessible for individuals with visual impairments, particularly with a sighted running guide. The purpose of this study is to examine the experiences of runners with visual impairments and sighted running guides. [...] Read more.
Running is a popular sport, and, with simple modifications, it can be accessible for individuals with visual impairments, particularly with a sighted running guide. The purpose of this study is to examine the experiences of runners with visual impairments and sighted running guides. Adopting a descriptive qualitative approach to guide data collection analysis and interpretation, seven runners with visual impairments and four sighted running guides were recruited and interviewed. The analysis identified four major themes: (1) benefits, (2) barriers, (3) advocacy, and (4) communication. The identified themes illustrate the influence of participation in running on the health and relationships of the runners with visual impairments, the barriers that exist to participation, and the advocacy and communication needed to overcome those barriers. Full article

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Barriers to the Utilization of Low-Vision Rehabilitation Services among Over-50-Year-Old People in East and Southeast Asian Regions: A Scoping Review
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(23), 7141; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20237141 - 04 Dec 2023
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East and Southeast Asia (ESEA) are facing age-related eye health issues. Low-vision rehabilitation (LVR), which is a special rehabilitation service for individuals with vision impairment, is a promising solution for these health issues; however, poor accessibility to LVR services has been reported globally, [...] Read more.
East and Southeast Asia (ESEA) are facing age-related eye health issues. Low-vision rehabilitation (LVR), which is a special rehabilitation service for individuals with vision impairment, is a promising solution for these health issues; however, poor accessibility to LVR services has been reported globally, including ESEA. Therefore, this scoping review aimed to summarize and understand the barriers to accessing LVR services in ESEA. In total, 20 articles were ultimately considered eligible for this scoping review after an electronic database search using MEDLINE (PubMed), Web of Science, Academic Search Ultimate (EBSCO), and Ichushi-Web (Japanese medical literature database), and an independent review by two reviewers. Twenty-one potential barrier factors were identified in the full-text review. Notably, age, education, economic status, “previous experience using eye care service”, and “knowledge, information, and awareness” were the possible barrier factors that were examined for their association with LVR utilization, with supportive evidence in many eligible studies. We also identified research gaps relating to geographical and ethnic diversity, the scope of LVR services, and barriers among eligible articles. Therefore, by conducting further studies addressing the research gaps identified in this scoping review, these findings can be used to make LVR services more accessible to people in ESEA. Full article
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