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Steve La Grow is the Professor of Rehabilitation and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Health. He has over 35 years of experience teaching and researching in the area of rehabilitation for those who are blind or have low vision. His research focuses primarily on the rehabilitation of those who have experienced late onset vision impairment with a particular emphasis on interventions designed to restore losses in orientation and mobility (O&M), the most disabling consequences associated with vision impairment and blindness. His research has addressed most issues that affect the quality of life of persons who are blind or visually impaired, and more recently, on older people in general. Steve has recieved a number of honors for his work in this field including being presented with the Lawrence E. Blaha Memorial Award from Division Nine (O&M) of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) in 2006, the highest honor that Division can bestow, and being inducted into Western Michigan University’s (WMU) Blindness and Low Vision Studies Outstanding Alumni Academy in 2003. He has been awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Distinction in Research in 2009, and as a member of the Health and Aging Research Team, the Massey University Research Team Award in 2012.
Steve is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and has served on the editorial boards of the AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, the Open Rehabilitation Journal, the International Journal of Orientation and Mobility, the Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, the Journal of Rehabilitation and Health, and the New Zealand Journal of Disability Studies. He is also regularly asked to review articles for the journals Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, Disability and Rehabilitation, and Quality of life Research. Over the years he has reviewed research proposals for the National Institute for Health Research for the United Kingdom, Insight Programme of the Netherlands’ Organisation for Health Research and Development [ZonMw], the Health Research Council of New Zealand, Lottery Health (New Zealand) and the Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, Department of Veterans Affairs in the USA.
He is currently engaged in health and ageing research with a particular interest in the ways that ability to get around and satisfaction with fucnctional capacity impacts on percieved quality of life among older persons.
Steve La Grow is the Professor of Rehabilitation and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Health. He has over 30 years of experience teaching and researching in the area of rehabilitation for those who are blind or have low vision. His research focuses on the rehabilitation of those who have experienced late onset vision impairment with a particular emphasis on interventions designed to restore losses in orientation and mobility (O&M), the most disabling consequences associated with vision impairment.
His research interests focus on those factors which affect the qualify of life (QOL) of persons who are blind or have low vision. He is particularly interested in interventions which seek to enhance subjective QOL following the onset of a significant vision impairment and most specifically those which affect the ability to get around built environments safely and independently.
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified (119999): Other Medical and Health Sciences (119900)
Project Title: Loneliness in older persons
Date Range: 2007 - 2008
Funding Body: Massey University
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