Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired in Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Monday, 22 July 2013: 11:25 AM

Cristiana Almeida Rebouças, PhD, RN
Nursing Department, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
Giselly Oseni Laurentino Barbosa, RN
School of Nursing, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

Learning Objective 1: Validate an assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities(PWD)with a visual rhyming text into audio recorded and made available on site of the laboratory (

Learning Objective 2: Develop new educational technologies for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases in the context of PWD.

Purpose: Validate an assistive technology that allows the inclusion people with disabilities in education and health promotion about sexually transmitted diseases.

Methods: Developed at the Laboratory of Health Communication, Department of Nursing, Federal University of Ceará, in order to validate a AT for PWD consists of a visual rhyming text into audio recorded and made available on site of the laboratory. The period of data collection carried out from May to September 2012 with the use of email and LabCom_Saúde website. 

Results: Study subjects were 14 judges specialists in content and pedagogical aspects. The study was conducted in three stages: 1) Validation of shape and content of the assessment instrument content, 2) validation of STD text - you need to know to prevent judges by content experts and 3) validation by expert judges in pedagogical aspects with experience in special education. Data analysis was based on considerations expressed by the subjects throughout the organization and processing of the scores of the instrument quantitatively analyzed. As for the content, items emphasizes the types of treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and encourages behavior change and attitude showed unsatisfactory levels. In the second part, the text size is adequate. In the third and final part, two items also showed concordance rates below adopted for validation, titled: Allows transfer and generalization of learning to different contexts and the aspects needed to clarify the family as a whole.

Conclusion: The strategy of health education distance is adequate and is adapted to the target audience. The mode of transmission of the disease and the approach of the main symptoms occurs effectively. The use of audio presenting itself as a useful tool for visually impaired people. It is believed that the study contributes to health professionals be sensitive to the issue of STD prevention in the context of visual PWD and new educational technologies are developed and used.