Information Services Provision to Persons with Visual Impairment in Nigeria: The Salient Issues

Information Services Provision to Persons with Visual Impairment in Nigeria: The Salient Issues

Niran Adetoro (Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-335-5.ch019
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Abstract

A good understanding of the issues surrounding information services provision to persons with visual impairment in Nigeria will assist providers and producers of information materials in alternative format and other stakeholders to come to terms with the gap between what exists and the expectations. This chapter delves into the critical issues involved in the provision of information services to persons with visual impairment in Nigeria. It highlights the situation of the visually impaired information users in Nigeria as well as the providers of information services to them. It also focuses on the availability and use of information materials in alternative formats while the impact of technology on information provision to persons with visual impairment was discussed. The chapter concludes that stakeholders should collaborate and increase transcription activities and that information materials should be provided to meet the reading interest of the visually impaired.
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Background On Visually Impaired Information Users And Information Services In Nigeria

Visual impairment as a concept is often misconstrued by the larger society. According to Royal National Institute for the Blind RNIB (2006), the term visual impairment refers to people with irretrievable sights loss; and this simple definition covers a wide spectrum of different impairments. Abosi and Ozoji (1985) clarifies that the visually impaired includes those who are totally blind, low visioned, partially sighted and those who have short sight, long sight or astigmatism.

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