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Relationships between Socio-Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness

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Colinie Wickramarachchi ,

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, New Kandy Road, Malabe, LK
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Department of Business Management,SLIIT Business School
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Ruwan Jayathilaka,

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, New Kandy Road, Malabe, LK
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Department of Information Management, SLIIT Business School
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Wageesha Serasinghe,

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, New Kandy Road, Malabe, LK
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Department of Business Management,SLIIT Business School
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Lakshika Kollure,

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, New Kandy Road, Malabe, LK
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Department of Business Management,SLIIT Business School
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Thushya Thisarani,

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, New Kandy Road, Malabe, LK
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Department of Business Management, SLIIT Business School
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Theekshana Suraweera,

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, New Kandy Road, Malabe, LK
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Department of Information Management, SLIIT Business School
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Samantha Thelijjagoda

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, New Kandy Road, Malabe, LK
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Department of Information Management, SLIIT Business School
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Abstract

This paper examined the extent to which socio-economic and demographic characteristics are related tothe levels of vision of persons with visual impairment and blindness. A mixed method approach was employed in this study. Data collection was conducted in Siyanethugama Village in Hambanthota district and Polpithigama Divisional Secretariat in Kurunegala district in Sri Lanka. The study deployed convenient and purposive sampling techniques. Information was gathered through questionnaires and personal interviews. Overall, results revealed that level of vision vary with several socio-economic characteristics. Age and education were not related to the levels of vision in the Polpithigama region whereas in the Hambanthota region a significant relationship between age and education with levels of vision was observed. Income was not related to the level of vision. Participants’ views and opinions of resources, opportunities, income, employment, and government activities were found to be the driving forces of quality of life related to vision. The study concluded that age and education need to be considered in improving quality of life related to vision and further investigations are needed to determine the relationships between levels of vision and socio-demographic characteristics and to explore perceptions related to vision impairments.
How to Cite: Wickramarachchi, C., Jayathilaka, R., Serasinghe, W., Kollure, L., Thisarani, T., Suraweera, T., & Thelijjagoda, S. (2021). Relationships between Socio-Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Persons with Visual Impairment and Blindness. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Review, 6(3), 124–138. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jsshr.v6i3.92
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Published on 20 Dec 2021.
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