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Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) Breaking News From the Field

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) brings you all the latest news from the blindness field! If you have news or information that you would like to share with JVIB readers, please send it to rebeccab@afb.net.


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Six students win a design competition with a text-to-braille scanner, envision a future with a higher braille-literacy rate

Six friends who met freshman year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) combined their talents during a 15-hour "hackathon" competition in February 2016 to create Tactile, a portable scanner that is designed to translate text directly into braille.

(Item posted 1/9/2017)

William "Bill" H. English, Legendary Administrator of Special Schools for Students with Visual Impairments, Has Died

William "Bill" H. English, an educator of children and youths with visual impairments and an administrator of special schools, recently died.

(Item posted 11/16/2016)

Fredric K. Schroeder elected as president of the World Blind Union

At the recent General Assembly of the World Blind Union (WBU), which took place August 19–24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, Fredric K. Schroeder, a representative of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), was elected unanimously by the delegates in attendance, who hailed from 100 countries.

(Item posted 8/31/2016)

Free, open-source screen reader is the focus of a new online tutorial series by the American Foundation for the Blind

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), the free, open-source, portable screen reader for Microsoft Windows is the focus of a new educational series, Learn NVDA, created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).

(Item posted 8/1/2016)

Saudi Arabian university is one step closer to opening dedicated college for visually impaired students

Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), one of the largest private universities in the country, has named the architectural firm that will bring the university one step closer to opening its new college, the Prince Sultan College for the Visually Impaired (PSCVI).

(Item posted 7/28/2016)

Tutors Who Are Blind Are Teaching Computer Literacy Skills in Trinidad and Tobago Through Partnership Between Two Social Service Agencies

Thanks to a partnership between two social service agencies, tutors who are blind are teaching computer literacy skills to individuals with intellectual or mental disabilities at the Audrey Mollineau Halfway House in San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago.

(Item posted 6/23/2016)

Largest Study of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Latino Population Analyzes the Effect of the Disease on Quality of Life

Researchers and clinicians at the University of Southern California (USC) Roski Eye Institute recently published the results of what has been described as "the largest population-based study of adult Latinos and age-related macular degeneration (AMD)."

(Item posted 6/22/2016)

Perkins International Names New Executive Director, Michael J. Delaney

Perkins International named Michael J. Delaney as its executive director in late January 2016.

(Item posted 2/26/2016)

Philip "Phil" Hatlen, Creator of the Expanded Core Curriculum, Has Died

Dr. Hatlen, who died January 14, 2016, once said, "Stand tall, be proud of your profession. . . . Be gentle, be creative, and respect the dignity of all children. Love life, work hard, live with a passion for everything that you do. Laugh a lot, and help your students to learn to laugh."

(Item posted 1/27/2016)

An Administrator and a Philanthropist Are among the Recipients of the 2016 Migel Medals, the Highest Honor in the Blindness Field

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) recently announced that the 2016 recipients of the Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field, will be Michael J. Bina, Gordon Gund, and Llura "Lulie" Liggett Gund.

(Item posted 1/26/2016)




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