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dc.contributor.advisorDevlin, Sandy D.
dc.contributor.authorMarkoski, Kasey
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-22T14:17:30Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11668/16460
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this qualitative study was to explore self-determination in daily life and external programs for youth with visual impairments. To achieve this, the researcher explored three areas that contribute to the development of self-determination based on Wehmeyer’s Functional Theory of Self-determination: capacity, opportunities, and support. All participants in this study participated in Cane Quest, an external program specifically designed for youth with visual impairments. Cane Quest is a long cane competition for youth with visual impairments. These youth independently complete on a route using their orientation and mobility skills while navigating through complex environments such as residential areas, commercial areas, stores, buses, and a college campus. Data were collected through individual interviews, focus group sessions, and document collection. The phenomenological approach was used to analyze the data. Results suggest that youth with visual impairments are facing barriers to capacity, opportunities, and appropriate support in their daily lives. The finding also identified that external programs, like Cane Quest, can provide opportunities and appropriate support for youth with visual impairments to practice and develop self-determination skills. External programs, such as Cane Quest, can be beneficial for youth with visual impairments by filling in some of the gaps that may be occurring in their daily lives.en_US
dc.subjectvisual impairmenten_US
dc.subjectself-determinationen_US
dc.subjectorientation and mobilityen_US
dc.titleA long cane competition's impact on self-determination of youth with visual impairmentsen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Educationen_US
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Educationen_US
dc.date.authorbirth1988-02-15
dc.subject.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.subject.majorSpecial Educationen_US
dc.contributor.committeeCoffey, Kenneth
dc.contributor.committeeMichele, McDonnall
dc.contributor.committeeFranz, Dana
dc.date.defense2019-09-12
dc.rights.embargodescriptionVisible to MSU only for 1 Yearen_US
dc.rights.embargotermsVisible to MSU only for 1 Yearen_US
dc.rights.embargoliftdate12/15/2020
dc.date.graduation2019-12-13


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