Sounds and Vibrations Necessary for Library of Vibroacoustic Events Addressed to Visually Impaired Persons - Questionnaire Results
Edyta Bogusz1, Ewa Skrodzka1, Edward Hojan1, Marek Jakubowski2, Alina Talukder2, Dorota Hojan-Jezierska3
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1Institute of Acoustics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
2Special School and Educational Centre for Blind Children, Przemysława 9, 62-005 Owinska, Poland
3Department of Biophysics, Poznan University of Medical Science, Fredry 10, 61-701 Poznań, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2011;20(6):1395–1401
The aim of our work was to investigate to what extend the perception of sound and vibration sensations may be useful in spatial orientation and mobility (O&M) of blind and visually impaired persons. Results of a questionnaire addressed to visually impaired persons who move independently in a city are presented.
Analysis of the questionnaire is the first step to work out an innovative, professional, and systematic method of spatial O&M teaching and training in laboratory conditions. A fundamental tool of the method will be a library offering a collection of vibration and acoustic signals characteristic of a city, as well as signals that may be helpful or disturbing for orientation and mobility.