The overarching aim is to achieve knowledge that may be helpful in developing measures that can help people with visual impairments during and after disasters. Such knowledge will be beneficial to national, regional and local authorities in planning and organizing for emergency and lead to better care for disabled people during and after serious incidents.
The project will expand the established knowledge of a vulnerable population.
We want to collect examples of how blind and visually impaired people experience safety and risk, disaster situations and how they cope with posttraumatic stress after accidents, violence, and disasters. This will be achieved through discussions in focus groups and individual interviews with 10 – 15 visually impaired persons. Inclusion criteria will be experience of potentially traumatic events. The selection will be done with variation in relation to age (down to 18 years), gender and types of trauma. The material will be analyzed qualitatively. Results will be available in English as well as oral presentation in a joint seminar with the other participating countries in this European study.
Collaboration with the Norwegian Association of the Blind.