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Visually impaired research participants needed: study exploring attitudes towards seeking psychological services

What Is Involved?

You will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey which will require approximately 45 minutes. In this survey, you as a person with a visual impairment are asked questions about your attitudes towards seeking psychological services (e.g., professional counselling services) and about visual impairment.

The study is located at

Why participate?

It is very rare to find research which investigates the attitudes and perspectives of the visually impaired on seeking psychological services.

This is one of the very few studies on this subject, and we are hoping that you will consider volunteering to participate in this survey.

We hope to produce important information that contributes to improving the research on people’s attitudes towards seeking psychological services by including the perspectives of the visually impaired, making your contribution essential and greatly appreciated.

Sean Heaslip is a graduate student in counselling psychology at UBC conducting research for his MA thesis and is also visually impaired. He is committed to ensuring equal representation for the visually impaired community in research.

You will also be offered entry into a draw for one of three $25 gift cards.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • People who are blind or visually impaired (a visual acuity of 20/200 or less, (typically described as either “legally blind” or “blind” respectively).
  • People between the ages of 21 and 64.
  • People from Canada or the United States.

Freedom to withdraw from study at any time

If you wish to participate, click or copy and paste the link into your browser, and follow instructions.

Clicking on the study link or contacting us in no way commits you to participate. If you do decide to participate you can quit at any time.

If you would like more information, please contact graduate student researcher, Sean Heaslip at or 604-780-0748.

You may also contact Sean’s supervisors, Dr. Ishiyama at or 604-822-5329, and Dr. Colleen Haney at or 604-822-4639.

Archival Date: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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