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Title:Characteristics of visually impaired information users in Nigeria
Author:Adetoro, 'NiranISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:physically disabled
Abstract:Relative to the population of the visually impaired in Nigeria, those who use information materials via libraries are very few. Focusing on the visually impaired who are educated and capable of using information materials in libraries, the present study investigates some of their characteristics, notably demographic (age, sex, marital status, educational qualifications and nature of visual impairment), occupation, the stage of onset and the causes of visual impairment. The study population consisted of 563 visually impaired persons who are users of information materials in fourteen libraries in southwestern Nigeria. The findings indicate that visually impaired information users via libraries in Nigeria are mainly male, young and single. Limited educational opportunities have restricted them to being teachers, craftsmen/artisans and craft instructors or school students. Most of the respondents were totally blind and became visually impaired in childhood or at school age. Knowing the demographic and personal characteristics of the visually impaired will assist society to better appreciate their situation and better provide information materials for their use through libraries. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]