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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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An Open Letter to Parents, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, and Stakeholders in the Field of Education of Persons with Visual Impairments

The following letter, "An Open Letter to Parents, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, and Stakeholders in the Field of Education of Persons with Visual Impairments," was developed in 2016 and shared among its co-signers in response to efforts to create state laws that could have a profound effect on the determination of learning and literacy media of children with visual impairments, including those with additional exceptionalities.

(Item posted 8/23/2017)

First Blind Rugby International Tournament is Taking Place in New Zealand

The first blind rugby international tournament, taking place in New Zealand, is expected to raise awareness of the sport among people with visual impairments and encourage the formation of blind rugby teams around the world.

(Item posted 7/27/2017)

Tennessee School for the Blind Names New Superintendent after a Two-Year Search

The process involved the input of school alumni, former and current staff members, former students, friends of the school, and a search committee, and after several rounds of interviews, the Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) announced that David Martin had been selected as the new superintendent of the school.

(Item posted 7/6/2017)

Prevalence of Visual Impairment among Preschool-Aged Children Projected to Increase by 26%, Per New Research

Underscoring the importance of vision screening for preschool-aged children, recent research suggests that incidences of visual impairment among preschool children in the United States is projected to increase by 26% in the coming decades.

(Item posted 5/4/2017)

Mexico eliminates trachoma through decades-long effort

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas, announced that Mexico eliminated trachoma, reducing the list of countries still needing to eradicate the disease to 41.

(Item posted 5/2/2017)

In Memoriam: Valerie Morash, Ph.D. (1985–2017)

Amanda McKerracher and Yue-Ting Siu remember their friend and research partner, Valerie Morash, who died alongside her husband and two pets in February 2017.

(Item posted 3/13/2017)

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)




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