Participate in a GMU Study on Adult Onset Blindness

Attention: Persons Affected by Adult-Onset Visual Impairment

You are cordially invited to participate in a study by George Mason University that will explore your perspectives as a person with adult-onset visual impairment as it pertains to pedestrian and independent travel.

Please note: You do not have to be a current or active pedestrian to participate! Persons who are visually impaired and also use mobility aids, wheelchairs, scooters, walkers or other devices are eligible to participate.

This study is for persons in the Washington, DC metro region, including Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Participants must have a visual impairment that occurred after the age of 18. This includes but is not limited to, persons with macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, vision impairment from an accident or injury or any other circumstance resulting in visual impairment, legal blindness or total blindness.

You will be asked to take part in two separate interviews. The first will be 45 minutes to one hour and the second will take 30-45 minutes. Both interviews can be done by phone or at a location that is convenient for you. Informal environmental observation of a location that you have access to for potential or current pedestrian travel will occur. You do not have to be present for this part of the study.

Participants will receive a $10 gift card for being part of this study and will help contribute to research in the field of orientation and mobility and pedestrian safety.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Kimberly Avila at or by phone at 703-993-5625.