Support and services across the lifespan for individuals with visual impairments in the United States, Australia, and Sweden
Taylor, Katherine Ann
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People with visual impairment may face severely limited opportunities for employment, independent living, and social/community involvement. This paper investigates the policies, procedures, and legislation within the United States, Australia, and Sweden that impact their citizens with visual impairments, to determine how these measures affect this population in terms of educational, vocational, medical, social, and emotional well-being. These countries’ practices are then compared and contrasted with each other, so that the more successful measures may be identified and considered for implementation on a wider scale. This could lead to an improved quality of life for people with visual impairments, as well as help to reduce the widespread fear and misunderstanding (and the resultant discriminatory practices and attitudes) that this population continues to experience.