The occupational lives of individuals with visual impairment
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viii, 169 pages
DepartmentTowson University. Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
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The occupational lives of individuals with visual impairment reveal adaptation to a world clearly processed through vision. Through a collective case study, the researcher collected and analyzed data on the occupational lives of three individuals with visual impairment. Occupational adaptation served as the theory underpinning the study. Instruments to collect data included a demographic questionnaire, visual assessments, the Self-report Assessment of Functional Visual Performance, the MOS Social Support Survey, semi-structured interviews, and observations. The researcher analyzed the data by case study and across the case studies. Three themes emerged from the cross-case analysis: an occupational life of doing, an occupational life rich with well-being, and an occupational life filled with motivation for independence. The participants were highly motivated to complete their occupations and activities independently. Participation in activities in the home and community environments provided participants with life satisfaction and happiness. Problem solving skills, adaptations, and support of family and friends allowed the participants to achieve relative mastery of their occupations.