Looking for blind & visually impaired people for research project


What are we doing ?
We have been commissioned by Guide Dogs for the Blind to conduct in-depth ethnographic and human factors research on the travel behaviour and journey information needs of the blind and partially sighted people.



How will we do this ?
We would use simple methods like informal interviews, observations, walkthrough activities, audio / video dairies collection and focus groups with participants to collect data. This data will then be analysed and turned into useful insights for the Guide Dogs stakeholders’ team.

Who do we want to talk to ?
We would like to talk to blind and partially sighted people of different ages (young, middle aged, older people), people who use or don’t use technology or mobility aids (cane, GPS) for travel, people with varying degrees of residual vision, people with multiple disabilities, people who were born blind or lost sight later in their life, those with recent and long-term diagnosis of eyesight condition. We would also like to talk to the support network of visually impaired people – their families, carers, friends, community help etc.
We would like to conduct :
*       40 to 50 one-on-one interviews
*       8 observed intermodal journeys (a mix of taxi, bus, train,underground, tram, ferry, plane, walking)
*       4 to 5 audio or video diaries
*       3 workshops (6 to eight people in each)

Ideally we want to cover the broad demographic and include some geographic variations as well. Reimbursement of any expenses and a token gesture as a ‘thank you’ for participation will be provided to the participants, which can be discussed as we proceed further in making contact.

What do we want to achieve ?
The outcomes of this research would be to inform Guide Dogs for the blind and their Strategy, Innovation and Media teams to help create better understanding of the emotional, physical and social challenges faced by visually impaired people while travelling. This would help identify areas of development of suitable products, technologies to support the daily travel needs of blind and partially sighted people.

How can you help ?
We are looking to talk to visually impaired people. You can help the study by directing us to them or referring us to an organisation or a local charity in the UK who supports visually impaired people.
The main contacts for the project are :
By email -  Selene -    selene.robinson@ccd.org.uk  or     Neha -   neha.gupta@ccd.org.uk
By phone -    020 7593 2900
DESIGN AND THE HUMAN FACTOR: Looking for blind & visually impaired people for research project

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Looking for blind & visually impaired people for research project


What are we doing ?
We have been commissioned by Guide Dogs for the Blind to conduct in-depth ethnographic and human factors research on the travel behaviour and journey information needs of the blind and partially sighted people.



How will we do this ?
We would use simple methods like informal interviews, observations, walkthrough activities, audio / video dairies collection and focus groups with participants to collect data. This data will then be analysed and turned into useful insights for the Guide Dogs stakeholders’ team.

Who do we want to talk to ?
We would like to talk to blind and partially sighted people of different ages (young, middle aged, older people), people who use or don’t use technology or mobility aids (cane, GPS) for travel, people with varying degrees of residual vision, people with multiple disabilities, people who were born blind or lost sight later in their life, those with recent and long-term diagnosis of eyesight condition. We would also like to talk to the support network of visually impaired people – their families, carers, friends, community help etc.
We would like to conduct :
*       40 to 50 one-on-one interviews
*       8 observed intermodal journeys (a mix of taxi, bus, train,underground, tram, ferry, plane, walking)
*       4 to 5 audio or video diaries
*       3 workshops (6 to eight people in each)

Ideally we want to cover the broad demographic and include some geographic variations as well. Reimbursement of any expenses and a token gesture as a ‘thank you’ for participation will be provided to the participants, which can be discussed as we proceed further in making contact.

What do we want to achieve ?
The outcomes of this research would be to inform Guide Dogs for the blind and their Strategy, Innovation and Media teams to help create better understanding of the emotional, physical and social challenges faced by visually impaired people while travelling. This would help identify areas of development of suitable products, technologies to support the daily travel needs of blind and partially sighted people.

How can you help ?
We are looking to talk to visually impaired people. You can help the study by directing us to them or referring us to an organisation or a local charity in the UK who supports visually impaired people.
The main contacts for the project are :
By email -  Selene -    selene.robinson@ccd.org.uk  or     Neha -   neha.gupta@ccd.org.uk
By phone -    020 7593 2900

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