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Improving vision awareness in autism services: Evaluation of a dedicated education programme for support practitioners

  Background: The research reported here sought to evaluate whether a dedicated education programme in vision awareness improved the knowledge and skills of autism support practitioners in identifying visual impairment in autistic people with intellectual disabilities
and providing better support to those individuals identified as visually impaired.
Methods: Researchers undertook a mixed methods evaluation. A survey questionnaire was devised and administered before and after training and focus groups were undertaken in order to gain qualitative data relating how practitioners implemented
their learning in practice.
Results: Knowledge confidence and practice confidence scores of participants were significantly improved by the programme, which maintained its impact one year on.
Practitioners reported increased access to optometry, changes to support practice and improvements to service environments as a result of the training.
Conclusion: Autism support practitioners’ skills in identifying and supporting people with visual impairments were demonstrably enhanced through dedicated vision training.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    01 February 2017

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Wiley-Blackwell

  • DOI:

    10.1111/jar.12330

  • ISSN:

    1360-2322

  • Funders:

    Scottish Government through the Scottish Strategy for Autism

Citation

Long, J. J., Butchart, M., Brown, M., Bain, J., McMillan, A., & Karatzias, T. (2017). Improving vision awareness in autism services: Evaluation of a dedicated education programme for support practitioners. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, doi:10.1111/jar.12330. ISSN 1360-2322

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Keywords

autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, optometry, sight loss, social care, visual impairment

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