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Research Invitation for Participants: Touch exchange, confidence and physical activity among visually impaired and blind people – June 10, 2024

My name is Mathias Alberton, MSc Applied Sport Psychology student under the supervision of Tom Williams, Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology, Faculty of Sport, Technology & Health Sciences at St Mary's University, Twickenham.

I am conducting a series of interviews to better understand how touch, confidence and participation in physical activity are connected and how they are made sense of among visually impaired and blind people. The analysis of the interviews will inform the implementation of a new questionnaire to gauge any change in “touch exchange confidence” to be used in future research on the effects of training techniques derived by Kung Fu Wing Chun on overall well-being among visually impaired and blind people.

The study will focus on the experiences of being in contact with others, for participants who meet these criteria:

  • You are registered visual impaired and blind people.
  • If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian must sign informed consent before you take part in the interview process and must be present during the interview.
  • You can participate in person or online in an audio recorded interview about your experiences with participation in physical activity, comfort/touch when in contact with others in daily situations and overall sense of confidence (approximately 1 hour).

If you are interested in participating in this study, please feel free to listen to Martial Attitude Voice episode with Takashi Kikuchi, RNIB member to explore how the result might sound like. I can be reached via email at 2309443@live.stmarys.ac.uk

Yours sincerely,

Mathias Alberton