Our physical environment plays a crucial role in our everyday life, affecting our actions and being affected by our use or understanding of them. The notion of atmospheres coins our subjective experiences of our surroundings, as situated and contextualised interactions. When experiencing disabling moments or situations, this relation can be intensified, and experienced as barriers. Furthermore, when losing sight, lighting can be one of the parameters that needs to be re-configurated in relation to the changing conditions.
Working with domestic lighting in low-vision rehabilitation can support the individual in these processes of re-configuration. Processes which can be unfolded using the concept of affordance: Originating from environmental psychology, affordance cover what the environment can offer the individual, and the capacity of the individual to respond to these opportunities. Together, the low-vision consultant and the visually-impaired explores existing and new affordances.
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