Sounds for Community Mobility

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Georgia Institute of Technology
Protocol and Consent Title: Personal and Public Sound-Output Technologies Used for Community Mobility by Individuals with Vision Impairment

Dear Participant,
This letter is designed to tell you everything you need to think about before you decide to consent (agree) to be in this research study.  It is entirely your choice.  If you decide to take part, you can change your mind at any point and withdraw from the research study. You can skip any questions that you do not wish to answer.
Study Summary:
The purpose of this study is to identify the types and usage of technologies (e.g., talking GPS, etc.) and compensatory strategies (e.g., echolocation, etc.) used by individuals with vision impairment to get around in community settings.  The study will help us understand how use of these technologies and strategies is impacted by a person’s hearing abilities and noise in the environment.
Your completion of the survey is voluntary and should take no longer than 20 minutes.  Your responses are confidential.  All data will be reported in aggregate only.  Data will be maintained by researchers in an anonymous format, not by name, and you will not be identified by results.  All data will be used for scientific purposes only.
All responses are confidential.  To make sure that this research is being carried out in the proper way, the Georgia Institute of Technology IRB may review study records.  The Office of Human Research Protections may also look at study records.  If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, you may contact Ms. Melanie Clark, Compliance Officer, GT Office of Research Integrity Assurance at (404) 894-6942.
Participant Rights:

  • Your participation in this study is voluntary.  You do not have to be in this study if you don’t want to be.
  • You have the right to change your mind and leave the study at any time without giving reason and without penalty.
  • Any new information that may make you change your mind about being in this study will be given to you.
  • You may print out a copy of this consent form.
  • You do not waive any of your legal rights by consenting to participate in this research study.

Benefits: There are no direct benefits to you for participating, however your participation will help advance scientific knowledge related to how people with vision impairments use technologies and strategies that rely on their hearing abilities.
Compensation: You will not receive any compensation for participating in this study. 
Costs: There are no costs to you other than your time.
Foreseeable Risks or Discomforts: This study is expected to involve no more than the minimal risks associated with surveys.
By entering the survey, you acknowledge you have read the information above and would like to participate in this research study. If you have any questions about this survey please contact:
Dr. Carrie Bruce