Pillars of Our Research
EQUITABLE PARTICIPATION ACROSS THE VISION LOSS JOURNEY
We believe that older adults with age-related vision loss have the right to full and equitable participation in all life domains. VITAL is committed to exploring these barriers to participation and advocating for sustainable change to both rehabilitation practice and policy.
CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY APPROACHES TO LOW VISION RESEARCH
Grounded theoretically in the key tenets of critical gerontology, critical disability theory, and a critical occupational lens, our lab uses diverse qualitative approaches to understand the lived experiences of older adults aging with vision loss.
ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON OCCUPATIONAL ENGAGEMENT
We believe in moving beyond framing the management of vision loss as a personal responsibility and instead looking at those environmental forces (physical, social, cultural, political, and institutional) that shape the experiences of age-related vision loss for older adults.
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Current Research Projects
A photo-elicitation study with older adults with age-related vision loss (ARVL):
A focus on risk
Enacting a critical participatory action research process with older adults aging with vision loss:
A focus on community mobility