Project Magnify - A Comparison of Two Strategies to Improve Reading Ability
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The purpose of Project Magnify is to determine which of the two current strategies (large print versus optical aids) for helping visually impaired students improve their reading abilities works better. Our hypothesis is that optical aids work better than providing the student with large print materials. Since large print materials are of one size only, and the level of visual impairments among students varies greatly, it seems apparent that large print materials will work well for some students, but not for all. An optical aid designed for each individual student's level of impairment seems to hold more promise in helping each student reach their maximum level of performance. Although Project Magnify is designed to increase reading abilities, it is expected that students will also develop greater independence and confidence in home and community activities that require the use of vision.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
5 Years to 17 Years (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
visually impaired with a permanent reduction of visual acuity in both eyes equal to or less than 20/70
enrolled in one of the South Carolina school districts served by the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) outreach Teachers of the Visually Impaired (VI)
previously taught using large print materials without optical aids, or magnifiers