Groundbreaking Braille survey a world first

Apr 05, 2011

A Braille questionnaire developed by Monash PhD student Danielle Ramirez from the Tourism Research Unit and distributed at a conference for people with a visual impairment is a world first.

The groundbreaking survey saw the Braille questionnaire distributed among more than five hundred attendees, some of whom had , at the ‘Vision Rehabilitation – Towards Better Vision’ Conference held in Kuala Lumpur in February.

Ms Ramirez, who is the Research Manager for the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), managed the research program and worked closely with Vision Australia to help boost numbers for the 2014 event to be held in Melbourne.

“By distributing the , we were able to glean valuable information on how to target these delegates and boost numbers for the event in Melbourne,” said Ms Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the MCVB.

“This type of information, which would otherwise have been unavailable to us, is indispensible to Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs), meeting planners and the MCVB itself.

“We hope that our new initiative will assist our destination to provide even better service to delegates with mobility and/or vision difficulties," Ms Chipchase said.

Danielle's PhD research examines the influence of gender on convention attendees’ decision-making behaviour. She is supervised by Dr Judith Mair and Dr Jennifer Laing from the Department of Management.

“Convention attendees and how they make decisions have received little attention to date, which highlights the need to explore their behaviour and understand how they decide which convention to attend,” Danielle said.

Explore further: Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Modern society made up of all types

Nov 04, 2010

Modern society has an intense interest in classifying people into ‘types’, according to a University of Melbourne Cultural Historian, leading to potentially catastrophic life-changing outcomes for those typed – ...

Key to controlling deadly viruses in bat community

Feb 15, 2011

CSIRO research into how bats can host some of the world’s deadliest viruses without suffering any ill-effects themselves will lead to improved strategies for controlling the spread of bat-borne diseases.

Who owns our blood?

Mar 21, 2011

The absence of specific laws which define the ownership, storage and use of blood drops taken from every Australian baby since 1971 could threaten public trust in newborn screening (NBS) programs in Australia, a University ...

When seeing is believing

Dec 23, 2010

Gaining an insight into the implications of vision loss may now be as simple as donning a pair of ‘vision goggles’, thanks to a creative new teaching aid.

Recommended for you

Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies

9 hours ago

Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98.

Mexican boy who had massive tumor recovering

19 hours ago

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico is still recovering after ...

New medical device to make the mines safer

Nov 21, 2014

Dehydration can be a serious health issue for Australia's mining industry, but a new product to be developed with input from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively ...

US family gets $6.75 million in Botox case

Nov 20, 2014

A New York couple who said Botox treatment of their son's cerebral palsy left him with life-threatening complications and sued its manufacturer won a $6.75 million verdict from a federal jury on Thursday.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.