[nfbwatlk] Research participation request

Frye, Daniel Daniel.Frye at ed.gov
Wed Jun 1 19:55:41 UTC 2011


One of the biggest things I cope with as a blind person is the profound irritation I feel at people who develop ridiculous euphemisms to avoid saying the word "blind." And while I know that blindness necessarily includes an entire range of visual acuity, and no doubt this phrasing is an awkward attempt to recognize that diversity, phrases like vision-related disability are absurd. I'll complete the survey, because I like to be of help where I can, but give me strength. Can't I just be comfortably blind? Smile!

Daniel B. Frye, J.D.
Management and Program Specialist 
Randolph-Sheppard Programs
U.S. Department of Education 
Office of Special Education 
and Rehabilitative Services 
Rehabilitation Services Administration 
550 12th Street, SW, Room 5023 
Washington, DC  20202-2800 
(202) 245-7308 office 
(202) 245-7591 fax
(410) 241-7006 mobile
daniel.frye at ed.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Ally Matt
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 3:43 PM
To: nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nfbwatlk] Research participation request


Dear Listserv member,


            I am a doctoral student at Purdue University, and I am working on my doctoral dissertation project under the direction of my advisor, Dr.
Heather L. Servaty-Seib (servaty at purdue.edu). My study is focused on gathering information from people who have experienced a vision-related disability and who are between the ages of 18 and 64 years of age. I hope to gather information about the ways people with vision-related disabilities cope with their disability and how these methods of coping may relate to people's ability to perform basic daily activities, sense of overall
satisfaction with their life, and interaction with the broader community.   


            For the purposes of this study, I am looking for people who have experienced a vision-related disability. This means that you have a vision-related disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities including caring for yourself, performing manual tasks, seeing, learning, reading, or working, that there is a record of your vision-related disability, or other people perceive you as having a vision-related disability.


            If you would like to participate in this important work, please click on the link below or paste the link into your web browser to be taken to the survey. The survey will only take 20-30 minutes of your time, and you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $25 Audible.com gift card with 1 in 100 odds. 


Survey link



Thank you for considering participating in this study.

Allyson Matt

Doctoral student, Counseling psychology

Purdue University

ally.matt0 at gmail.com     


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