When the Sleep-shades Aren't On

Jeffrey Thomas Altman

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Altman, J. T. (2012). When the sleep-shades aren’t on. Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 2(1). Retrieved from https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/jbir/jbir12/jbir020102abs.html. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/2F2-30


This article explores the importance of those experiences outside of normal training hours in a Structured Discovery based Orientation Center, during which sleep-shades are not utilized by Center students. Consideration is given to questions which are frequently asked regarding the reasons that the wearing of sleep-shades is not usually required beyond the regular training hours to promote the integration of available vision with non-visual alternative techniques, while at the same time, discouraging the use of residual vision to assist other students, or when interacting with blind staff members. This article strives to clarify the reasons for these practices, and to assist instructors working in the Structured Discovery environment to be able to provide their students with a greater degree of understanding the program goals.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/2F2-30

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