Student Conducts Low Vision Analysis of the Library

During the spring 2013 semester, a UALR graduate student Whitney Musick conducted an environmental analysis of the Ottenheimer Library from the perspective of low vision users. An assignment for Dr. William Jacobson’s RHBL 7325: Implications of Low Vision course, the analysis evaluated the library building for navigation obstacles and environmental problems such as illumination, contrast, and glare.

Whitney is currently pursuing an MA in Rehabilitation of the Blind: Orientation and Mobility, having graduated summa cum laude in 2011 from UALR with a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sign Language Studies.  During her undergraduate studies, she was selected to participate in the S.C.E.P. internship program with the Social Security Administration.  While working as a claims representative, Whitney became interested in working more directly with individuals with disabilities, and began her program of study in Rehabilitation of the Blind in the fall of 2012.

The library’s facilities task force is reviewing Whitney’s analysis to identify possible improvements to the building. A copy of her analysis is available on the Library Assessment webpage.

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