An Antipodean/Northern Lights Tale: The Role and Place of Mentorships for Young Adults with Blindness and Low Vision in Australia and Canada

Cain, Melissa and Fanshawe, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-7663 and Sukhai, Mahadeo and Blackstock, Danika (2021) An Antipodean/Northern Lights Tale: The Role and Place of Mentorships for Young Adults with Blindness and Low Vision in Australia and Canada. In: Vision Impairment Conference (VISCON 2021), 19 Aug - 20 Aug 2021, Virtual conference.


Abstract

Mentoring relationships have been noted as demonstrably effective in helping young people develop skills, knowledge, and motivation to successfully navigate the transition from high school to adult life. In particular, positive role models are essential for guiding young people to navigate the lived experience of disability as well as improving academic attendance and school performance. Mentorship in the context of blindness and low vision (BLV) is, however, not well studied. This presentation explores the experiences of mentorship within two distinct groups: school-aged children with blindness and low vision (BVL) in Australia and working-aged individuals in Canada. Qualitative data was collected from semi-structured individualised interviews regarding the experiences, understanding, and valuing of mentorship within these two groups. The results indicate the importance of informal role models and formal mentorship within the lives of participants throughout their schooling and work life and how these become more refined and specific over time. A conceptual framework for developing mentoring opportunities for young people with blindness and low vision developed by the authors is presented.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 01:23
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 13:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: mentorship, blind and low vision
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390407 Inclusive education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160201 Equity and access to education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160203 Inclusive education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48646

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