A consortium entitled “Disability & Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Persons Aging with Hearing & Vision Loss,” comprised of Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC) of Mississippi State University, San Diego State University, and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, funded by the national Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research
This collaborative effort has focused on the exploration of strategies to improve outcomes for persons who are blind or visually impaired or who are Deaf or hard of hearing and who are now experiencing a secondary onset of hearing loss or vision impairment as a result of the aging process. The DRRP has conducted a variety of research and training activities and is now working on the dissemination phase of the project. The research component of the study has focused on gathering information from small focus groups, a nationally representative study sample of consumers over the age of 55 with both hearing and vision loss, service providers, and vendors of assistive technology used by persons with sensory loss. The exploratory research has concentrated on how research participants cope with the challenges of maintaining their independence and continuing involvement in their communities. Specific areas to be addressed include use of assistive technology and communications systems, employment, housing, psycho-social adjustment to sensory loss, specialized services, and transportation.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC)
108 Herbert – South, Room 150 Industrial Education Department Building
P.O. Drawer 6189
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762