[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind and low vision participants needed for research study on air travel experience

Blake, Lou Ann LBlake at nfb.org
Mon Jan 14 16:02:19 UTC 2019

The below research participant solicitation is being provided for informational purposes only. The National Federation of the Blind has no involvement in this research, but we believe that it may contribute to our research mission.


My name is Bhoomika Bhagchandani and I am a doctoral student in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University working under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Kassing. I am conducting a research study to examine the air travel experiences of individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

I am looking for participants who will partake in face-to-face or telephonic interviews which will take approximately 45-60 minutes.

To qualify for this study, you must:

*       Be 18 years or older

*       Have a visual acuity of 20/200 (or less) in the better eye; and/or

visual field of 20 degrees (or less); and/or have a visual impairment that necessitates the use of special assistance services during air travel

*       Travel independently at least once a year without a caregiver or companion

*       Use special assistance services during air travel

All participants who complete the interview will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win one $100 Target gift card or one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. There is no other monetary benefit or other type of compensation for participating in the study.

Risks associated with participation in this project are minimal.

Potential benefits include voicing air travel experiences, potentially improving special assistance services, and changing policy-making procedures for services related to air travel for travelers with vision disabilities.

Your participation in this study is voluntary. If you would like to participate, or if you have any questions concerning the study, please contact me at bbhagcha at asu.edu<mailto:bbhagcha at asu.edu> or 602-317-2337.

Thank you,

Bhoomika Bhagchandani, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate & Graduate Completion Fellow Arizona State University

Lou Ann Blake, J.D.
Deputy Executive Director, Blindness Initiatives
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2221| lblake at nfb.org<mailto:lblake at nfb.org>

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